February 12, 2014
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
AOPA has been working with the FAA and others in the general aviation industry to make pilot training and testing more relevant to real-world flying experiences. And now the association is seeking a role in the new Airman Certification System Working Group, announced in January by the FAA.
The working group is charged with implementing recommendations made by an earlier panel that was co-chaired by AOPA.
“Testing should reflect the realities of flying,” said David Oord, AOPA manager of regulatory affairs who also served as co-chair for the earlier working group. “Pilots shouldn’t just memorize answers to pass a test; they should understand why they need to know certain information and how to apply it. Ultimately, that deeper understanding will make them better, safer pilots.”
The new working group is part of an ongoing collaboration between the FAA and industry to create an integrated airman certification system that aligns testing, certification standards, guidance, and reference materials.
Other individuals and groups that would like to be part of the working group have until Feb. 28 to file a request with the FAA.
Pilot Training and Certification,
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The GAO released its report “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots,” and general aviation has a strong interest in its findings.
AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.