What will become of the Practical Test Standards? That’s the question officials at Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) are asking.
Over the past several months, ASA has been participating on the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group, which resulted from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) conducted in 2011. One of the primary tasks of the ARAC was to provide an integrated Airman Certification Standard (ACS) which will replace the Practical Test Standards (PTS).
The ACS aligns the aeronautical knowledge standards set out in 14 CFR Part 61 with the flight proficiency standards (“Areas of Operation”) from the PTS.
In addition to supporting the FAA’s effort to improve the relevance, reliability, validity, and effectiveness of aeronautical testing and training materials, the draft ACS documents contribute to the goal of reducing fatal general aviation accidents by incorporating task-specific risk management considerations into each Area of Operation. Each Area of Operation includes Tasks, which consist of an Objective, Knowledge, Skill, and Risk Management component. The FAA views the ACS documents as the foundation of its transition to a more integrated and systematic approach to airman certification testing and training.
Draft documents of these Private Pilot and Instrument Rating ACS have been published in the Federal Register, along with an invitation for the public to review and comment.
“This is one of the most significant changes to the airman certification process we’ve seen in the last 20 years and will have far-reaching ability to improve the training and testing process associated with airman certification,” ASA officials said in a prepared release.
“We encourage everyone in the industry to participate by offering feedback on the important draft documents” found here.