The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a standardised training programme for on-demand operators.

This programme is expected to increase aviation safety and will be offered by Part 142 training centres.

FAA published guidance that outlines a framework for training centres to provide standardised training for pilots at non-scheduled charters and air taxis covered under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

FAA administrator Steve Dickson said: “A standard training curriculum is a great example of the FAA and industry working together. By developing a model that works for operators of all sizes, we improve safety by enhancing consistency.”

FAA expects that the programme will be used widely in the industry even though it is voluntary.

A standardised curriculum will be developed by an industry committee for an aircraft or series of aircraft. After acceptance from the FAA, the curriculum can be accessed across the nation.

In a statement, FAA added: “Many Part 135 operators send their pilots to established training centres, but FAA rules still require them to develop their own programmes and keep up with paperwork associated with required check rides and recurrent training.

“Under a standardised curriculum, operators will ‘fly as they train’ and ‘train as they fly’. This approach to training will enable the Part 135 operator and the FAA’s Principal Operations Inspector to focus on the quality of the training programme, rather than its administration.”

The first standardised curricula is expected to be available for use in the training centres and by operators in 2021.