The ACS are the result of a multi-year industry-driven effort to make the test standards more meaningful and relevant to the way pilots fly today. AOPA chairs the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee’s Airman Certification System working group, a joint FAA-industry team that developed the new standards.
The new standards are available on the FAA’s airman testing website. A frequently asked questions page covers the most common issues identified so far. Pilots who want to familiarize themselves with the new standards also can take an online FAA Safety Team course, “Understanding the Airman Certification Standards,” which qualifies for Wings credit.
Before taking the new standards nationwide, the working group tested them in Florida and Washington State and found them to be comparable to existing standards in terms of difficulty, time, and information required.