Industry Lauds FAA’s New Standardized Training Guidance

Ed Bolen
Credit: NBAA

Newly published FAA guidance on standardized training for charter and air taxi pilots is being lauded by industry stakeholders as a safety benefit that has the added bonus of streamlining administrative procedures.

Advisory Circular 142-1, Standardized Curricula Delivered by Part 142 Training Centers, published April 29, provides a training, testing, and checking framework for Part 135 operators. This lessens the burden on operators, which must provide curriculum for their pilots. Operators are not required to use the new guidance, but many are expected to adopt it.

“A standard training curriculum is a great example of the FAA and industry working together,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said. “By developing a model that works for operators of all sizes, we improve safety by enhancing consistency.”

The guidance is based on recommendations developed by the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which has a variety of stakeholder representatives including the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

“NBAA is committed to continually improving the safety of our industry, and by working jointly with operators, training centers and NATA, we are proud to have developed a concept of standardized curriculum that will revolutionize training for Part 135 operators,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said.

Sean Broderick

Senior Air Transport & Safety Editor Sean Broderick covers aviation safety, MRO, and the airline business from Aviation Week Network's Washington, D.C. office.