At AOPA Summit on Friday, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that he signed off this week on creating a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee that will review the current flight-training rules. "The ARC will make recommendations as to how to improve testing and instruction," he said. "This effort is part of a five-year plan for transforming GA safety." After his presentation, Babbitt spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady in more detail about the FAA plan. "We're going to look at the curriculum, the materials, and what are we testing," he said. "Everything is on the table." Training at all levels will be included in the review. Click here for the full podcast.
The committee is expected to review what is important for pilots to know, as well as how to work more closely with the industry to develop FAA handbooks and test materials and keep them up to date. The ARC aims to ensure that the requirements for aeronautical knowledge are sharply defined and current, and to remove outdated questions from the test banks. Recommendations from the ARC are expected sometime next year.