120-53B - Guidance for Conduction and Use of Flight Standardization Board Evaluations

Date Issued
November 05, 2013
Responsible Office
AFS-200
Description

 

a. Evaluating Manufactured or Modified Aircraft. It provides a means but not the only means of evaluating manufactured or modified aircraft by the use of standard systems, processes, and tests necessary to determine pilot training and qualification requirements.

b. Differences in Training and Qualification between Aircraft. It describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, of compliance with applicable Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) that provide for differences in training and qualification between aircraft with the same type certificate. It further describes an acceptable means for providing related aircraft differences training and qualification under provision of 14 CFR part 121 between aircraft with different type certificates that have been "designated" by the Administrator as related. Both of these processes use the provision of the Flight Standardization Board (FSB) report as the basis for the approval of pilot training and qualification necessary for the operation of aircraft. This AC is intended to enhance safety by:

(1) Providing a standard method of assessing applicant programs.

(2) Directly relating pilot training and qualification requirements to fleet characteristics, operating concepts, and pilot assignments.

(3) Permitting better industry planning and management by outlining what FAA requirements apply, what training resources or devices are needed, and what alternatives are possible.

(4) Encouraging aircraft manufacturers to design with the goal of developing common characteristics between related aircraft

(5) Providing a recommended framework for application of suitable credits or constraints to better address new technology and future safety enhancements.