ATP-ACS: Updated May 28, 2019

On May 28, 2019 the Federal Aviation Administration introduced the ATP-ACS (Airman Certification Standards).  These standards supersede the ATP – Practical Test Standards.

The ATP-ACS is an enhanced version of the ATP – PTS. It adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements to each PTS Area of Operation/Task. The result is an integrated presentation of specific knowledge, risk knowledge and skill elements for each Task.

The ATP-ACS provides a single-source set of standards for both the knowledge exam and the practical test. The integrated format of the ACS format clearly states to the applicants, instructors and evaluators what an airman must Know, Consider and do to pass the knowledge test and the practical test for an airman certificate or rating.

The ATP-ACS improves the presentation of important information by placing it into specific appendices. The FAA and industry partners have worked to better align appendix material across the ACS documents.

For our candidates that are seeking an Initial Type Rating or a Type Rating 61.58 (Recurrent), the ACS will be the document which will dictate their performance standards.    

We at the Florida Flight Center highly recommend that each pilot maintains knowledge currency by reviewing current FAA publications as they pertain to their pilot certificate level.  The FAA website is an excellent resource for finding interesting and important information. 

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