Information for Pilots & Aircraft Owners

A Few Tips to Prevent A Lot of Headaches with IACRA

Posted by Derrick Dubois on 2/18/19 3:00 PM

Ever wondered what IACRA stands for? Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application. You've got to give it to the FAA for coming up with the world's best possible acronyms.

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IACRA provides the ability to electronically fill out the following FAA applications and forms:

  • FAA form 8710-1 - Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application
  • FAA form 8710-11 - Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application - Sport Pilot
  • FAA form 8400-3 - Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating - Flight Engineers & Navigators
  • FAA form 8610-1 - Mechanic's Application for Inspection Authorization
  • FAA form 8610-2 - Airframe and Powerplant Application

Although the thought of spending time using IACRA is almost as inspiring as the thought of a root canal, there are some tips that will help improve your experience.


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Browser Compatibility

  1. Use Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Make sure you have pop-up blocking software disabled.


Before You Get Started

  1. If it is your first time using IACRA, take a look at the IACRA Training Site and the IACRA Instruction Manual.
  2. Have your flight times calculated and ready before starting an application.
  3. Have your current certificate in front of you while filling in the application.
  4. Write down and save you FTN (FAA Tracking Number).

Once You Are Into It

  1. Read the instructions that appear on each screen.
  2. If you are in doubt about what to do on a screen, look at the help files. There is a Help button on all popup screens where help is available. Also, all main screens have a Help link in the upper right corner of the page header.

If All Else Fails

You can contact the FAA IT Service Desk 24/7 at +1 (877) 287-6731 or via email at 9-NATL-AVS-IT-ServiceDesk@FAA.GOV

Want to learn more about IACRA? Check out our post Lost your logbook? IACRA is your best friend!

Topics: IACRA

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