In addition, the branch:

  • Ensures course sponsors and mentors keep new and existing courses accurate, current, and ensure they meet AFS objectives and the organization’s needs.
  • Ensures inclusion of Flight Standards’ programs, goals, and objectives in the development, review, and recommendation of policy and procedures with respect to Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) who serve the general aviation community.
  • Develops program requirements, technical guidance, and policies for flight instructor refresher clinics (FIRC), including the monitoring of these clinics by FAA personnel.
  • Develops program requirements, technical guidance, policies, standards, and approvals for Aviation Training Device (ATD) levels 1 through 3, personal computer-based aviation training devices (PCATD) and new and emerging advanced technology digital simulation devices used in general aviation in both parts 61 and 141 pilot schools.
  • Analyzes NTSB Safety Recommendations and prepares required responses on its findings following an accident investigation.
  • Responds to FAA Safety Recommendations from field offices and takes proper action.
  • Provides program management for the development and deployment of the Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (ACRA)/Integrated ACRA (IACRA) automated airman application program.
  • Drafts and reviews applicable chapters of the current edition of Order 8900.1 for the training and certification of airmen (pilots, ground and flight instructors), part 91 (except for air traffic and aircraft maintenance rules), pilot schools, parts 101, 103, and 105.
  • Drafts and reviews changes to the current edition of Order 8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.
  • Participates on the Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB) and Flight Standardization Board (FSB).
  • Develops standards, policies, and procedures examining and appointing private persons to be representatives of the Administrator under the provisions of 49 U.S.C., § 44702 with respect to the certification of airmen (excluding medical and ATC operators), and manages the NEB.
  • Liaises with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Justice, and other agencies on security issues.