May 19, 2005
As to the lamination, there's been a lot of arguing about it, but as the FAA says (8400.10 CHG 7, somewhere on their website):
"NOTE: Airmen may either use clear laminating sheets to protect permanent FAA-issued certificates or have the certificates professionally laminated as long as the airman’s signature is placed on the
certificate before lamination. Without the signature, the certificate is not valid."
In fact, it was my local FSDO that suggested I laminate it...
Congrats on the upgraded cert! It's quite a feeling to pop out of the clouds and find the runway sitting right where it's supposed to. Another cool feeling for me is when I'm "floating" just above a layer...
And yes, there's not much that's cooler than descending slowly into a benign cloud bank on the approach, especially around sunset...
Since I don't have a new rating in the near future I just did the *lost the old one* upgrade. (Did do the hi perf/complex sign off though, becoming addicted to Mooney speeds now)
I think I already mentioned this to you, but look closely at the illustrations on the new certificate you'll see strings of tiny words that tell a brief story of the Wright Brothers. I'm not kidding! You'll need a magnifying lens to read it.
When I first received one of the new certificates, my wife looked at the pictures on the back and said "That doesn't look anything like you ..." ;-)
John -- wow, you're right. There's this *tiny* (and I mean about 2 points high) type around the edges of the portraits on the back. I don't have a magnifying glass to decode it yet... and hell, those photos don't look anything like me, either...