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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. [Public Notice 8019] [FR Doc. 2012–22374 Filed 9–11–12; 8:45 am] mailing address is U.S. Department of State, SA–5, L/PD, Fifth Floor (Suite 5H03), Washington, DC 20522–0505. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF STATE James E. Rivera, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. Sfmt 4703 56251 Notice The FAA assigned the ARAC a new task arising from recommendations of the Airman Testing Standards and Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The ARC recommended ways to ensure that the FAA’s airman testing and training materials better support reduction of fatal general aviation accidents. The new task is to integrate 14 CFR part 61 aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency requirements for the private pilot and flight instructor certificates and the instrument rating into a single Airman Certification Standards document for each type of certificate and rating; to develop a detailed proposal to realign FAA training handbooks with the Airman Certification Standards documents; and to propose knowledge test item bank questions consistent with the integrated Airman Certification Standards documents and the principles set forth in the ARC’s recommendations. This action item informs the public of the new ARAC’s task and solicits membership for the new Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (Working Group). SUMMARY: Van L. Kerns, Manager, Regulatory Support Division, FAA Flight Standards Service, AFS 600, FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center P.O. Box 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125; telephone (405) 954–4431, email van.l.kerns@faa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1 56252 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 12, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The FAA established ARAC to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on the FAA’s rulemaking activities. ARAC’s objectives are to improve the development of the FAA’s regulations by providing information, advice, and recommendations related to aviation issues. On September 21, 2011, the FAA chartered the ARC for the U.S. aviation community to develop recommendations for more effective training and testing in the areas of aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency required for safer operation in today’s National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA’s charge to the ARC was to help ensure that FAA’s technical information related to existing standards for airman knowledge and skill tests, computer testing supplements, knowledge test guides, practical test standards and training handbooks incorporates the most current, relevant, and effective approaches to training and testing. The FAA specifically tasked the ARC with providing recommendations on a process for ongoing stakeholder participation in developing the content of these materials, and methodologies for developing better test item bank questions. The FAA also asked the ARC to develop a prioritized list of certificates and ratings to update. This new task is the FAA’s response to several of the ARC’s recommendations. Establishment of the ARAC’s Working Group creates a process by which the stakeholders’ real world aviation education and training expertise can contribute to the development of materials and methodologies. In accordance with the ARC’s recommended certificate and rating priorities, the Working Group will address the private pilot, flight instructor, and instrument rating training and testing materials by developing an integrated Airman Certification Standards document for each one. By aligning the aeronautical knowledge testing standards required by 14 CFR part 61 with the flight proficiency standards set out in the existing Practical Test Standards (PTS), the integrated Airman Certification Standard will enhance the relevance, reliability, validity, and effectiveness of aeronautical knowledge testing and training materials and thus support the FAA’s goal of reducing fatal general aviation accidents. The FAA is also tasking the ARAC’s Working Group to develop a detailed proposal to realign VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:51 Sep 11, 2012 Jkt 226001 and, as appropriate, streamline and consolidate existing FAA guidance material (e.g., handbooks) with each integrated Airman Certification Standards documents; and to propose methodologies to ensure that knowledge test item bank questions are consistent with both the Airman Certification Standards documents and the test question development principles set forth in the ARC’s recommendations. In August 2012, the ARAC’s Executive Committee discussed the proposed actions for this tasking. This notice advises the public that the FAA has assigned, and the Executive Committee has accepted, a new task to develop the items listed below. The FAA has specifically tasked the ARAC’s Working Group to support the FAA’s goal to enhance general aviation safety and reduce the fatal general aviation accident rate by providing: (1) An integrated Airman Certification Standards document that aligns the aeronautical knowledge testing standards required by 14 CFR part 61 with the flight proficiency standards (‘‘Areas of Operation’’) set out in 14 CFR part 61 and the existing Practical Test Standards (PTS) for (a) the private pilot and (b) flight instructor certificates and (c) the instrument rating. To accomplish this task, the Working Group should follow the ARC’s recommendations to integrate appropriate elements of aeronautical knowledge and risk management into each Area of Operation in the current Practical Test Standards documents. (2) A recommendation on priorities for revision of additional certificates and ratings, along with ways to ensure expert review of any revisions to these documents. (3) A detailed proposal to realign and, as appropriate, streamline and consolidate existing FAA guidance material (e.g., the handbooks listed below) with the integrated Airman Certification Standards documents developed in accordance with item (1). The Working Group will also develop and recommend a process for review and revision of these materials. (4) Proposed knowledge test item bank questions that are consistent with both the newly developed Airman Certification Standards documents and the test question development principles set forth in the ARC’s recommendations. The Working Group will also recommend options that provide for expert outside review (‘‘boarding’’) of proposed questions while safeguarding the integrity of the testing process. The Working Group is expected to develop a report containing each of the PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 listed elements. Any disagreements should be documented, including the rationale for each position and the reasons for the disagreement. In developing this report, the Working Group shall familiarize itself with: 1. A Report to the FAA from the Airman Testing Standards and Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee: Recommendations to Enhance Airman Knowledge Test Content and Its Processes and Methodologies for Training and Testing (www.faa.gov/ aircraft/draft_docs/arc). 2. Aeronautical knowledge standards set forth in 14 CFR part 61, Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors. 3. Flight proficiency standards set forth in 14 CFR part 61, Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors. 4. FAA Airman Knowledge Test Guide (FAA–G–8082–17E). 5. Current Practical Test Standards documents for Private Pilot Airplane (FAA–S–8081–14B); Flight Instructor Airplane (FAA–S–8081–6C); and Instrument Rating for Airplane, Helicopter, and Powered Lift (FAA–S– 8081–4E). 6. Current FAA guidance materials, to include the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA–H– 8083–25A); the Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA–H–8083–3A); the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA– H–8083–9A); the Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA–H–8083–15A); and the Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA–H–8083–1A). Schedule The recommendations must be forwarded to the ARAC Executive Committee for review and approval no later than September 30, 2013. ARAC Acceptance of New Task The ARAC’s Executive Committee has accepted the task and assigned it to the newly-established ARAC Working Group. The Working Group serves as staff to ARAC and assists in the analysis of the assigned new task. ARAC must review and approve the Working Group’s recommendations. If ARAC accepts the Working Group’s recommendations, it will send them to the FAA in the form of a written report. Working Group Activity The Working Group must comply with the procedures adopted by ARAC. As part of the procedures, the Working Group must: 1. Recommend a work plan for completion of the task, including the rationale supporting such a plan, for E:\FR\FM\12SEN1.SGM 12SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 12, 2012 / Notices consideration at the next ARAC Executive Committee meeting held following publication of this notice. 2. Provide a status report at each meeting of the ARAC Executive Committee. 3. Draft the recommendations report and required analyses and/or any other related materials or documents. 4. Present the final recommendations to the ARAC Executive Committee for review and approval. Participation in the ARAC Working Group The Working Group will be comprised of aviation professionals with experience and expertise in airman training and testing, and technical experts having an interest in the assigned new task. The FAA would like a wide range of members to ensure that all aspects of airman testing and training, including best practices, are considered in the development of its recommendations. If you wish to become a member of the Working Group, please write the person listed under the caption FOR mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT expressing such desire. Describe your interest in the new task and state the expertise you would bring to the Working Group. We must receive all requests by October 2, 2012. The ARAC Executive Committee and the FAA will review the requests and advise you whether your request is approved. If you are chosen for membership on the Working Group, you must actively participate by attending all meetings and providing written comments when requested to do so. You must devote the resources necessary to support the Working Group in meeting any assigned deadlines. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC); New Task 
Assignment for the ARAC: Establishment of Airman Testing Standards and 
Training Working Group

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice

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SUMMARY: The FAA assigned the ARAC a new task arising from 
recommendations of the Airman Testing Standards and Training Aviation 
Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The ARC recommended ways to ensure that the 
FAA's airman testing and training materials better support reduction of 
fatal general aviation accidents. The new task is to integrate 14 CFR 
part 61 aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency requirements for 
the private pilot and flight instructor certificates and the instrument 
rating into a single Airman Certification Standards document for each 
type of certificate and rating; to develop a detailed proposal to 
realign FAA training handbooks with the Airman Certification Standards 
documents; and to propose knowledge test item bank questions consistent 
with the integrated Airman Certification Standards documents and the 
principles set forth in the ARC's recommendations.
    This action item informs the public of the new ARAC's task and 
solicits membership for the new Airman Testing Standards and Training 
Working Group (Working Group).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Van L. Kerns, Manager, Regulatory 
Support Division, FAA Flight Standards Service, AFS 600, FAA Mike 
Monroney Aeronautical Center P.O. Box 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125; 
telephone (405) 954-4431, email van.l.kerns@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Background

    The FAA established ARAC to provide advice and recommendations to 
the FAA Administrator on the FAA's rulemaking activities. ARAC's 
objectives are to improve the development of the FAA's regulations by 
providing information, advice, and recommendations related to aviation 
issues.
    On September 21, 2011, the FAA chartered the ARC for the U.S. 
aviation community to develop recommendations for more effective 
training and testing in the areas of aeronautical knowledge and flight 
proficiency required for safer operation in today's National Airspace 
System (NAS).
    The FAA's charge to the ARC was to help ensure that FAA's technical 
information related to existing standards for airman knowledge and 
skill tests, computer testing supplements, knowledge test guides, 
practical test standards and training handbooks incorporates the most 
current, relevant, and effective approaches to training and testing. 
The FAA specifically tasked the ARC with providing recommendations on a 
process for ongoing stakeholder participation in developing the content 
of these materials, and methodologies for developing better test item 
bank questions. The FAA also asked the ARC to develop a prioritized 
list of certificates and ratings to update.
    This new task is the FAA's response to several of the ARC's 
recommendations. Establishment of the ARAC's Working Group creates a 
process by which the stakeholders' real world aviation education and 
training expertise can contribute to the development of materials and 
methodologies. In accordance with the ARC's recommended certificate and 
rating priorities, the Working Group will address the private pilot, 
flight instructor, and instrument rating training and testing materials 
by developing an integrated Airman Certification Standards document for 
each one.
    By aligning the aeronautical knowledge testing standards required 
by 14 CFR part 61 with the flight proficiency standards set out in the 
existing Practical Test Standards (PTS), the integrated Airman 
Certification Standard will enhance the relevance, reliability, 
validity, and effectiveness of aeronautical knowledge testing and 
training materials and thus support the FAA's goal of reducing fatal 
general aviation accidents. The FAA is also tasking the ARAC's Working 
Group to develop a detailed proposal to realign and, as appropriate, 
streamline and consolidate existing FAA guidance material (e.g., 
handbooks) with each integrated Airman Certification Standards 
documents; and to propose methodologies to ensure that knowledge test 
item bank questions are consistent with both the Airman Certification 
Standards documents and the test question development principles set 
forth in the ARC's recommendations.
    In August 2012, the ARAC's Executive Committee discussed the 
proposed actions for this tasking. This notice advises the public that 
the FAA has assigned, and the Executive Committee has accepted, a new 
task to develop the items listed below. The FAA has specifically tasked 
the ARAC's Working Group to support the FAA's goal to enhance general 
aviation safety and reduce the fatal general aviation accident rate by 
providing:
    (1) An integrated Airman Certification Standards document that 
aligns the aeronautical knowledge testing standards required by 14 CFR 
part 61 with the flight proficiency standards (``Areas of Operation'') 
set out in 14 CFR part 61 and the existing Practical Test Standards 
(PTS) for (a) the private pilot and (b) flight instructor certificates 
and (c) the instrument rating. To accomplish this task, the Working 
Group should follow the ARC's recommendations to integrate appropriate 
elements of aeronautical knowledge and risk management into each Area 
of Operation in the current Practical Test Standards documents.
    (2) A recommendation on priorities for revision of additional 
certificates and ratings, along with ways to ensure expert review of 
any revisions to these documents.
    (3) A detailed proposal to realign and, as appropriate, streamline 
and consolidate existing FAA guidance material (e.g., the handbooks 
listed below) with the integrated Airman Certification Standards 
documents developed in accordance with item (1). The Working Group will 
also develop and recommend a process for review and revision of these 
materials.
    (4) Proposed knowledge test item bank questions that are consistent 
with both the newly developed Airman Certification Standards documents 
and the test question development principles set forth in the ARC's 
recommendations. The Working Group will also recommend options that 
provide for expert outside review (``boarding'') of proposed questions 
while safeguarding the integrity of the testing process.
    The Working Group is expected to develop a report containing each 
of the listed elements. Any disagreements should be documented, 
including the rationale for each position and the reasons for the 
disagreement.
    In developing this report, the Working Group shall familiarize 
itself with:
    1. A Report to the FAA from the Airman Testing Standards and 
Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee: Recommendations to Enhance 
Airman Knowledge Test Content and Its Processes and Methodologies for 
Training and Testing (www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/arc).
    2. Aeronautical knowledge standards set forth in 14 CFR part 61, 
Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors.
    3. Flight proficiency standards set forth in 14 CFR part 61, 
Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors.
    4. FAA Airman Knowledge Test Guide (FAA-G-8082-17E).
    5. Current Practical Test Standards documents for Private Pilot 
Airplane (FAA-S-8081-14B); Flight Instructor Airplane (FAA-S-8081-6C); 
and Instrument Rating for Airplane, Helicopter, and Powered Lift (FAA-
S-8081-4E).
    6. Current FAA guidance materials, to include the Pilot's Handbook 
of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A); the Airplane Flying 
Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A); the Aviation Instructor's Handbook (FAA-H-
8083-9A); the Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15A); and the 
Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-1A).

Schedule

    The recommendations must be forwarded to the ARAC Executive 
Committee for review and approval no later than September 30, 2013.

ARAC Acceptance of New Task

    The ARAC's Executive Committee has accepted the task and assigned 
it to the newly-established ARAC Working Group. The Working Group 
serves as staff to ARAC and assists in the analysis of the assigned new 
task. ARAC must review and approve the Working Group's recommendations. 
If ARAC accepts the Working Group's recommendations, it will send them 
to the FAA in the form of a written report.

Working Group Activity

    The Working Group must comply with the procedures adopted by ARAC. 
As part of the procedures, the Working Group must:
    1. Recommend a work plan for completion of the task, including the 
rationale supporting such a plan, for

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consideration at the next ARAC Executive Committee meeting held 
following publication of this notice.
    2. Provide a status report at each meeting of the ARAC Executive 
Committee.
    3. Draft the recommendations report and required analyses and/or 
any other related materials or documents.
    4. Present the final recommendations to the ARAC Executive 
Committee for review and approval.

Participation in the ARAC Working Group

    The Working Group will be comprised of aviation professionals with 
experience and expertise in airman training and testing, and technical 
experts having an interest in the assigned new task. The FAA would like 
a wide range of members to ensure that all aspects of airman testing 
and training, including best practices, are considered in the 
development of its recommendations.
    If you wish to become a member of the Working Group, please write 
the person listed under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
expressing such desire. Describe your interest in the new task and 
state the expertise you would bring to the Working Group. We must 
receive all requests by October 2, 2012.
    The ARAC Executive Committee and the FAA will review the requests 
and advise you whether your request is approved.
    If you are chosen for membership on the Working Group, you must 
actively participate by attending all meetings and providing written 
comments when requested to do so. You must devote the resources 
necessary to support the Working Group in meeting any assigned 
deadlines. You must keep your management chain, and those you may 
represent, advised of the Working Group's activities and decisions to 
ensure the proposed technical solutions do not conflict with your 
sponsoring organization's position, when the subject is presented to 
ARAC for approval. Once the Working Group has begun deliberations, 
members will not be added or substituted without the approval of the 
FAA and the Working Group chair.
    The Secretary of Transportation determined the formation and use of 
ARAC is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the 
performance of duties imposed on the FAA by law. ARAC meetings are open 
to the public. However, ARAC Working Group's meetings are not open to 
the public, except to the extent individuals with an interest and 
expertise are selected to attend. The FAA will make no public 
announcement of the Working Group's meetings.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2012.
Lirio Liu,
Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-22451 Filed 9-11-12; 8:45 am]
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