NBAA and NATA expressed appreciation for new FAA guidance paving the way for standardized training for on-demand Part 135 pilots. Published in a draft Advisory Circular (AC142-SCC), the guidance addresses concerns delivered by an industry working group regarding certified training centers using standardized curricula to streamline training for pilots. “It’s great to see the FAA respond to the industry’s recommendations and provide a much-needed update to training guidance as well as administrative relief for on-demand air carriers,” said John McGraw, NATA director of regulatory affairs and a member of the working group.
“The standardized curriculum concept will allow operators to train with pilots from other companies and ease the transition for pilots moving between companies. It also removes the need to conduct individualized supplemental training for inspectors and check airmen for each Part 135 operator,” said McGraw.
The draft AC introduces a Training Standards Board to develop a standardized training program for each aircraft type. According to NBAA and NATA, the board will represent training centers, OEMs, operators, and the FAA. The new guidance is the focus of a special education session on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. at NBAA-BACE 2018. This session will be moderated by McGraw and feature panelists from the FAA and other working group members.