FAA Seeks Comment On ATP Revisions

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The FAA is accepting comments until Dec. 21 on its proposed new ATP certification standards, which have been posted online. The standards were revised by an industry group chaired by David Oord, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs, working with the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The working group proposed the new standards, and the FAA has accepted the proposal. Interested parties can review the proposal and submit comments online.

The working group’s goal was to ensure that the aeronautical-knowledge elements in the regulations “reflect what airmen really need to know for safe operation in the National Airspace System,” said Oord. The standard improves on the prior ATP practical test standard by consolidating overlapping tasks, AOPA said, and connects the knowledge standards for risk management and skill with content in FAA handbooks. Also, a Human Factors Task was added. The FAA and the industry group have been working since January 2014 to develop new standards, training guidance, test management, and reference materials for airman certification testing.