Dec. 30, 2021
NBAA provided supportive comments on two recently published work products related to the development of standardized training curriculum: a template for standardized curriculum for Part 135 instructors and check pilots and a master schedule, prioritizing aircraft or series of aircraft, for development of standardized curriculums.
These documents are the latest output from the Training Standardization Working Group (TSWG), which was launched in 2020 to provide advice and recommendations to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) on the most effective ways to standardize check pilot qualification, flight instructor qualification and Part 135 air carrier training curricula provided by Part 142 training center.
Representatives from training centers, operators, aircraft manufacturers and industry associations make up the TSWG, with several NBAA committee members actively participating. NBAA’s Brian Koester, CAM, director of flight operations and regulations, is the TSWG industry co-chair.
“NBAA has for several years been advocating for streamlined relationships between Part 142 training centers and Part 135 operators, while also identifying opportunities to reduce inefficiencies in approvals and qualifications,” said Koester.
“The recommended curriculum for Part 135 instructors and check pilots will create efficiencies in Part 135 training while also improving safety,” he added. “Meanwhile, the TSWG’s master schedule of aircraft or series of aircraft aligns with industry demand and is an important step to making standardized curricula available to operators.”
The recommended curriculum for Part 135 instructors and check pilots includes curriculum and subjects necessary to complete:
- Initial qualification
- Recurrent training every 12 calendar months
- Bridging, or a path for those current qualified as instructors/evaluators for Parts 135 or 142 to receive training required to include the Standardized Training Curriculum
- Variables such as transitioning to a new flight simulator or training device, operating system and subsequent aircraft types
The master schedule is based on the TSWG’s analysis of volume of aircraft training by aircraft or series of aircraft.
Once published, using standardized curriculum will be voluntary and is one method of compliance with applicable regulatory requirements of Part 135 and 142.