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September 2015 Issue

New Certification Standards

Risk management proficiency will become part of FAA airman certification standards in 2016, and the training industry itself may need a refresher before implementation.

The FAA and industry have spent the last three years preparing to replace the existing practical test standards (PTS). As a result, the new airman certification standards (ACS) will go into effect in 2016 for all airman certificates and ratings. This new system can potentially improve the general aviation safety record, but only if flight instructors, designated pilot examiners and FAA inspectors are prepared to teach, test and administer the new system.

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