The scope of this document is to provide those recommended practices considered essential for all air carrier first officer initial training programs. The recommended practices contained within this document are intended primarily for the guidance of passenger and cargo air carriers, and training providers. This document is also intended to guide those responsible for rule making and the provision of oversight of organizations involved in air carrier first officer initial training programs. Any professional pilot training organization may benefit from a review of the recommendations contained in this document.
In recognition of global trends in pilot training for air carrier operations, the industry is challenged to adopt a qualitative approach to air carrier first officer initial training programs. In developing a qualitative approach, this document recognizes that a range of possible solutions is available. One key objective is to identify and harmonize elements considered essential to the effectiveness of air carrier first officer initial training programs (ACFOITP).