In 2011, the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) composed of industry experts to provide recommendations on improving the FAA’s airman testing and training materials. As a result, the ARC chose to adopt an “Airman Certification Standards” (ACS) approach that would define not only the performance metrics for knowledge and skill, but also the required content for guidance materials such as the FAA-H-series handbooks and for relevant knowledge test questions.
An industry-led ACS Working Group published draft ACS documents for the commercial pilot certificate and the authorized instructor certificate in the Federal Register for public review and comment. The docket will be open for review until August 25, 2014. To read the Notice, please go to: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-25/pdf/2014-14791.pdf. Access the docket via this link: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-0316.