The FAA publication of the first standardized aircraft-specific training curriculum was welcomed Tuesday by the NBAA.
The first curriculum offered for the Gulfstream GV series aircraft is a culmination of the work done by the Training Standardization Working Group (TSWG) which was formed in 2020.
"NBAA applauds the FAA's efforts to work with industry and publish this curriculum promptly," said Brian Koester, NBAA Director of flight operations and regulations, CAM and TSWG industry chair. "The standardized curriculum concept will change the future of Part 135 training by creating efficiencies in the industry's training system and providing higher-quality training events."
The acting associate administrator for aviation safety for the FAA, David Boulter, announced the publication of the draft GV standardized training curriculum at the NBAA-BACE during the Meet the Regulators session. Boulter expressed the importance of industry support when beginning the standardized concept and creating the curricula.
The TSWG is made up of representatives from training centers, operators, aircraft manufacturers and industry associates.
The standardized curriculum is the first in a larger initiative to create a standard training curriculum for various aircraft types. The implementation of this curriculum would include a focus on scenario-based training. The curricula are voluntary, but operators to use this curriculum would see efficiencies and improvements in training over time.
"This standardized aircraft curriculum is the outcome of several years of advocacy and effort towards streamlining relationships between Part 142 training centers and Part 135 operators," Koester said. "We applaud the ongoing effort of those involved and look forward to the next curricula in the standardized training development, which are prioritized by aircraft type to meet industry demand."
Curricula for Citation Excel and Hawker 800 are under development.