PABC's mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of Ab Initio training programs in order to fully prepare those cadets for entry into air operators’ New Hire Pilot training courses.
For three (3) very important reasons:
Our Testing has attracted considerable industry
PABC’s Testing provides No
Fault / No Jeopardy RESEARCH DATA.
We test new hire pilots as they enter training to fly for an Air Operator (airline or business). Test results serve as a Gap Analysis tool that identifies topics on which the New Hire pilots in that class were NOT well prepared. Those test results are then used to help BOTH, the pilots and their Air Operator’s instructors to improve their mutual success in qualifying that class of pilots for Line Service.
PABC also collects demographic information from each pilot on his/her academic, flight and work background, including the identity of their flight program provider(s). That data enables PABC to report back to those providers on their graduates’ test results and helps Ab Initio providers upgrade the quality and scope of their respective programs to better prepare their future cadets.
After each test of a New Hire class, PABC sends
a 1-page document to each pilot that shows how they scored on each of the 21
topics on our test. PABC encourages each pilot to use the results to improve
their understanding of topics on which they had low scores, in order to be
better prepared when those topics are discussed in class and/or in the
PABC calls this our "Test-Train" concept. By using their results for study, Pilots helped make themselves better prepared when those previously challenging topics came up in class. PABC estimates that Test-Train can generate a 1-2% recovery of New Hire pilots who might otherwise have failed the course. For ALL INVOLVED, that "Save" IS a Big Deal.
As PABC test results reflect steady improvement in cadets’ test results, that data will provide evidence that PABC’s Test-Train concept is working to benefit all participants: Cadets, Funders, Ab Initio Providers, Air Operators and the flying public. At present, the industry has no other metric for assessing that change.
These two images reflect ways in which various parties benefit from this effort.
PABC's “Gap Analysis” tests for Air Operators’ New Hire
Pilots are designed to identify any subjects
in which class members are NOT well prepared. Within 24 hours after the
Test, those results are privately returned to each Pilot by email and are sent
to the Air Operator’s Training Manager in a de-identified format for the mutual
benefit of all parties.
Those reports are designed to enable each party to identify any GAPS they may need to address through self-study, coursework, discussion or other means.
Participating Air Operators invite PABC to test their New Hire pilots soon after they arrive at the Operator’s training facility. Within 24 hours after testing is completed, the Operator’s Training Manager and Instructors will receive an email containing: 1) A 1-page report on the aggregate and deidentified class average score score in each of the test’s 21 topics, and 2) A separate set of deidentified reports on each pilot's score in each of the 21 test topics, to further enhance the instructors’ awareness of knowledge GAPS among the Pilots in that class.
As their cadets are hired by Operators, PABC
will send each New Hire Pilot’s deidentified test results to his/her respective Ab Initio providers so they can see how their graduates performed on the
test. The results are intended to help Ab Initio trainers improve their instruction on those
topics – for the benefit of their cadets and, ultimately, the provider’s corporate success.
When 80% or more of an Ab Initio program’s graduates consistently score 80% or higher on PABC’s tests, that training program will be identified on PABC’s website as a PABC-Recognized Premier Provider. That recognition is expected to encourage aspiring cadets (and their funding sponsors) to consider enrolling in those Premier Provider programs.
While PABC deals with a broad range of aviation training and testing issues, our primary focus is to remain abreast of the latest changes in aviation and technology related to pilot training and testing protocols around the world. PABC seeks to remain continuously updated on Air Operators’ and Regulators’ training needs and advances through our industry-sponsored research as pilot training and learning methods, knowledge retention and testing evolve over time.
PABC tests use regulatory standards, industry best practices, safety agency recommendations and widely used exemption operations when developing test questions in order to keep its testing current with aviation’s needs and changes.
PABC uses the latest technology for developing and using entry level knowledge and competency methods to assess aspiring professional pilots, and securely delivering and reporting their test results.
PABC has just launched our Entry Level Professional Pilot Certification credential for Ab Initio pilots that have passed PABC’s 150 item knowledge and knowledge competency test. Although we’re only testing pilots that have just been hired by U.S. regional carriers at this time, PABC is confident our testing and certification will soon become important to all Air Operators.
Recognition is generated by PABC’s testing in three ways: First by our Premier Providers and second by Air Operators’ New Hire pilots that
pass PABC’s test for Entry Level Professional Pilot Certification.
The third recognition comes when Pilots compete for
flying posts with a second or third “new” employer
and find that PABC’s Certification helped the pilot get the position.