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RAA releases statement on the Air Carrier Enhanced Pilot Training Program (ACE) program

Monday, December 7, 2015  
Posted by: Staci Morgan
In response to recent media inquiries on collaborative work the RAA is undertaking for an alternative pathway to an R-ATP, the RAA has released the following limited details about the program:

The Regional Airline Association's Air Carrier Enhanced Pilot Training Program (ACE) envisions a new, alternative path to the Restricted Air Transport Pilot certificate (R-ATP) and is proposed to stand alongside existing R-ATP pathways established by the FAA. Like the existing pathways, the ACE program would allow credit for specialized training that meets the tough standards intended by Congress.

The ACE program is an airline-delivered alternate pathway and contains substantial enhancements that reach a higher level of safety than current flight training pathways. It provides a comprehensive, structured and disciplined training system, with scenario-based and qualitative training enhancements, and offers a meaningful and quantifiable measure of experience for pilot training.

RAA President Faye Malarkey Black says. "The aviation industry is continuously in pursuit of improved pilot training programs that are anchored by the competencies determined to improve proficiency, and the ACE program squarely delivers on that objective."  

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