Airline Training Managers and PABC coordinate all pre- and post-test event schedules, beginning with their first on-site meeting at the host airline’s facility, 2 to 3 months prior to the first test. When scheduled, tests will occur within the first few days after each New Hire class arrives on-site and Pilots will have up to 5 hours to complete the exam.
research shows that 50% of Ab Initio Pilot graduates are not well-prepared, PABC does not know why that’s true. Was it the fault
of the Pilot, Ab Initio Instructors, the program or its manager(s)?
That’s why PABC’s test is designed as NO Fault Gap Analysis tool to identify topics that are poorly understood, so Airline Instructors can address those topics and ensure Pilots’ readiness for Line Service when their airline course ends.
Professional Pilot Certification tests assess the preparedness of pilots for
entry into an airline’s New Hire Pilot training program. Pilots who score 80% or higher will be awarded PABC’s
Knowledge Certification as a Well-Prepared New Hire Pilot.
While PABC’s criteria and tests are patterned after the FAA’s Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and Tests, PABC’s test consolidate our Instrument Rating, Commercial and ATP exams into one (1) set of 150 test items on the 21 topics used in FAA tests. The FAA and PABC tests both assess a Pilot’s technical knowledge and competency in applying that knowledge to solve operational problems. Again, PABC allows Pilots up to 5 hours to complete this test.
Client airlines provide the testing facility and use PABC’s
iPads, or an equivalent PABC device, to deliver the tests and send it off-site
for scoring and reporting.
Test results are returned by email to the Client airline’s Training Manager and, separately, to each Pilot in the class within 24 hrs. after testing session is closed.
PABC’s tests are Non-Jeopardy, No Fault assessments. Training
Managers receive results that show each Pilot’s scores on two
different reports: 1) a single sheet showing the average score of all
pilots in the class in each of the 21 topics, and 2) the individual
scores of each pilot on each topic, without revealing the identities of
By identifying subjects that are not well understood, PABC enables Pilots to self-study those topics and helps Instructors ensure that those weak subjects are well-understood before the course ends.
PABC’s Demographic Survey provides a number of additional high-value benefits for Ab Initio trainers through PABC’s reports on the de-identified test results of those New Hire pilots. The Survey will provide a deidentified report of the test results of pilots who are recent graduates from the various Ab Initio programs.
By identifying poorly understood topics, Ab Initio Managers will be able to upgrade the quality of their programs. Ultimately, that process is expected to help Ab Initio programs qualify for Premier Provider status, for the mutual benefit of their organizations and their cadets.
The airline training program manager contacts PABC to schedule testing. A lead time of 3-4 months is typical.
PABC conducts an onsite visit at the airline's facility. This visit is to confirm the suitability of the site for the test (for example, environmental conditions, connectivity, room design and usage, etc.).
Because this 150-item test may last up to 5 hours, it is best scheduled to occur after lunch.
The PABC proctor arrives onsite at the airline facility, typically the day before the test. On test day, the proctor conducts the test, then returns to PABC.
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Test results are typically available within 24 hours after
the class takes the test. Pilots receive their own personal results.
INSTRUCTORS will receive two sets of test results: The FIRST will be a 1-page summary of the average test score on each test subject by ALL of the pilots who took the test on that day. The SECOND report will be a series of 21 test results that show the actual scores that each New Hire earned in each test subject area.
NOTE: Both reports are intentionally de-identified, so neither will link a Pilot’s name to his/her scores on either of these reports.
While Pilots will NOT see any of the 150 test items again, they WILL receive their scores in each of the 21 Domains in PABC’s test. This helps Pilot identify topics on which they may need additional training, through self-study, in-class enquiry/discussion or both.
Pilots receive their scores for each domain area (though not the specific items they failed), and can then understand the areas in which additional training may be needed.
Instructors receive class aggregate, de-identified scores for each domain. These results can be used to identify domains in which the class overall may require additional or remedial training.
Instructors receive an aggregated, deidentified report for the entire class that indicates domains where the class as a whole is well-prepared or lacks preparedness.