FAA IACRA v. CATS/PSI Knowledge Exam Registration - Residential Address Requirement Inco...

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FAA IACRA v. CATS/PSI Knowledge Exam Registration - Residential Address Requirement Inconsistencies

Posted by Britta Schroeder on Nov 27, 2018 9:02 pm

Hello AOPA Community-
I have recently noted a discrepancy in the acceptable forms of residential addresses between the FAA and CATS/PSI when registering for a knowledge test.

When registering for a license in IACRA, the FAA will accept a map and/or directions to a place of residence for those pilots without a residential address (e.g., a cabin off the grid and road system in rural Alaska). Because the FAA allows pilots without a residential address to provide a map and directions to a physical address when registering through IACRA, and because the FAA testing matrix also outlines acceptable forms as proof of residential address when at the testing site, I assumed this was also the case with CATS/PSI. In previous years, when testing through CATS/PSI for an FAA test, I was able to provide a residential address as shown on a FAA acceptable proof of residence, but when I recently called CATS/PSI to register for my Private Pilot Knowledge Test, I was informed that I could not register for the test without a residential address that could be populated in the CATS/PSI standardized geocoded address database. After some time and emphasis on my part when registering, CATS/PSI did accept the same documentation as that listed in the FAA testing matrix, though I do not know what levers were pulled to cram a non-standard address into a computerized system.

I post this here to 1) make other rural/non-traditional test takers aware that they may need to make a similar case by referencing IACRA and the FAA testing matrix, and 2) to inquire with the AOPA community about how to pursue reconciling what is allowable with the FAA IACRA registration (map/directions) and what test takers are informed is allowable through the CATS/PSI test registration. My concern is that such standardized test registration, and perhaps misinformation, with CATS/PSI may add another hurdle to making aviation accessible to some potentially diverse populations.

I thank you in advance for your thoughtful and respectful comments.
Britta
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Re: FAA IACRA v. CATS/PSI Knowledge Exam Registration - Residential Address Requirement Inconsistencies

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 28, 2018 7:58 am

This systemic problem should be brought to the attention of the FAA for resolution.  Start by contacting your local FSDO, which I believe for you is Anchorage FSDO, 907-271-2000.

Re: FAA IACRA v. CATS/PSI Knowledge Exam Registration - Residential Address Requirement Inconsistencies

Posted by Britta Schroeder on Nov 28, 2018 12:12 pm

Ronald-
Thank you for your helpful reply. I will contact the FSDO (though I think I may technically fall under Fairbanks service area).
Until this is resolved with CATS/PSI, I'll leave this post up for now in case others wander upon it with the same issue.