Flight Training Reform Is Happening

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The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators has heard back from government and industry stakeholders on progress toward flight training reform and its encouraged by the early results. SAFE, which held a two-day forum in Atlanta last May to set goals for changing the way pilots learn to fly, sent delegates away with homework to do after establishing six basic benchmarks for improvement. In its Oct. 31 report (PDF), it heard from nine companies and organizations. "SAFE is encouraged by the comments received [and] the related training reforms that are currently underway," the interim report says.

There have been some concrete steps taken toward flight training reform, including the FAA's creation of the knowledge test aviation rulemaking committee, the formation of a CFI accreditation committee by university flight programs and AOPA's student retention program. But SAFE is urging anyone involved in flight training to keep the momentum going. "Engaged stakeholders are encouraged to press on with their initiatives," the report says. "Stakeholders who have thus far chosen not to participate in the reform process are urged to commit to this effort in a meaningful way.