Defining a professional standard

A key goal of PABC is to develop an entry-level professional standard to help prepare new pilots for entry into the advanced training programs provided by airlines and similar air operators.

Like the PE test for engineers, the Bar exam for attorneys, and the CPA exam for accountants, PABC's test is rigorous and  intended to help Air Operators’ New Hire Pilots identify gaps in their aeronautical knowledge before they begin training.

The test results serve as Gap Analysis resource that helps each Pilot to be better prepared for each block of instruction, thereby reducing training costs, failures and interruptions in the training schedule.

Each Pilot receives a personal set of test scores in each of the test’s 21 topics. Instructors receive two (2) different reports: #1) shows the average score of the entire class in each subject, and #2) shows each Pilot’s score in each of the 21 topics in a de-identified format to prevent Instructor bias based on a Pilot’s scores. 

While PABC is not a training or test preparation organization, its Professional Pilot Knowledge and Knowledge Competency Certification test is based on FAA’s new Ab Initio Airman Certification Standards (ACS) to earn:

PABC builds on the ACS criteria in order to achieve/maintain ISO Standards for Professional Certification:

PABC’s role is to identify and develop:

  1. Ab Initio Pilot knowledge and knowledge competency CRITERIA, and
  2. Testing Methods and Devices for Ab Initio and Air Operators’ New Hire Pilots Initially for U.S. Regional Operators and eventually worldwide.