PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 363-116-0751 Qualifications for pilot applicants taking examinations on or after July 1, 2008, 363-116-076 Examination for pilot applicants, 363-116-077 Simulator evaluation for pilot applicants, 363-116-078 Training program, 363-116-080 Licensing of pilots, 363-116-083 Written examination protest and appeal procedures, and 363-116-084 Simulator evaluation review and appeal procedures.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 88.16 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board will be considering amendments to these rules in anticipation of administering a state pilot exam in 2012 to qualify applicants for entrance into a training program.
The purpose of modifying these rules is to update the examination process based on feedback from experts who assisted in the development of previous examinations; past examination participants; and other stakeholders.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The board's exam committee together with the legislative/WAC committee and the trainee evaluation committee will be drafting revisions to these sections of chapter 363-116 WAC as they relate to the pilot examination and training processes. Upon presentation and consideration of recommended revisions to the board, a public hearing will be scheduled to consider the proposed new rules pursuant to formal notice requirements.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Peggy Larson, Administrator, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, phone (206) 515-3904, fax (206) 515-3906, LarsonP@wsdot.wa.gov, www.pilotage.wa.gov.
July 18, 2011