FAA to Drop Dated Material From Knowledge Tests

Monday, July 8, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has agreed to remove questions that focus on obsolete terms and technologies from airman knowledge tests in response to a request from the co-chairs of an industry/government group that is drafting revisions to training and testing standards.

The industry-led panel identified the obsolete terms and technologies now being removed from FAA knowledge exams.  The acceptance of the group’s recommendations highlights that the FAA is working with the industry to improve pilot testing and training.  David Oord, AOPA Manager of Regulatory Affairs, a co-chair of the working group, requested the action in May with fellow working group co-chair Jason Blair, former executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors.

As the working group continues its effort to create new certification standards for the private pilot certificate and instrument rating, Oord and Blair encourage pilots to submit formal comments by July 8 on the preliminary drafts of the documents, which can be reviewed here.  The July 8 deadline extended the opportunity for public participation after numerous stakeholders facing an original comment cutoff in May requested more time to study the proposals and incorporate changes.