Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013
At a meeting today with commercial aviation safety leaders, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve pilot, flight attendant, and dispatcher training through a new joint government and industry steering group.
“We are proud of our nation’s impressive aviation safety record, but we are always working to further strengthen aviation safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are encouraging the industry to continue to invest in voluntary programs that identify and target risk.”
The purpose of this group will be to collaboratively evaluate best practices from across the industry, review recommendations from previous FAA rulemaking advisory committees on training issues, and examine newly identified areas of risk in order to develop voluntary training guidelines for air carriers. The group’s work will build on the FAA’s new rules for commercial air carrier pilot training and qualifications.
“Recent FAA rules to increase pilot qualifications and improve training are major steps toward addressing the greatest known risk areas in pilot training,” Administrator Huerta said. “Recommendations by several working groups of aviation experts show that there are additional voluntary initiatives we can take to make air carrier training programs even more robust.”