Washington, DC, April 28, 2020 – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcome the release today of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance on a new standardized curriculum for Part 135 training that will improve safety and increase administrative efficiencies for on-demand operators.
The FAA’s Advisory Circular streamlines the relationship between Part 142 training centers and on-demand air carriers, and reduces inefficiencies in the approvals and qualification processes. The guidance also creates a Training Standardization Working Group composed of industry and FAA experts that will develop standardized training procedures for the most common aircraft types.
The guidance was developed by the FAA after NATA, NBAA, Part 135 operators and training centers recommended the concept through the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
“NATA is pleased about this exciting advancement in Part 135 training that provides efficiency and safety gains for both operators and the FAA alike,” said NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts. “This is the result of a tremendous four-year effort from many industry stakeholders, and we are pleased that the FAA is implementing the recommendations of the FAA’s Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee. We’d also like to thank NATA’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw for his leadership as Chair of the ACT ARC Working Group, and NBAA’s Brian Koester and Mark Larsen, along with our members who served on the ARC and provided their expertise and time to this effort."
“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,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We applaud the FAA’s effort during these difficult times to deliver guidance that significantly heightens safety standards and creates a dynamic, responsive and more efficient pilot training program.”
The standardized curricula are voluntary and Part 135 operators can continue with their current training programs. However, the FAA anticipates most Part 135 operators will choose to use standardized curricula and training centers that promote safety, enable continuous improvement through data analysis data and increase administrative efficiency. The concept also supports the National Transportation Safety Board’s initiative to increase safety in Part 135 operations.
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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.