VOLUME 15 FAA SAFETY TEAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 12 Certificated Flight Instructor OPEN FORUMS
Section 1 General Information
15-12-1-1 GENERAL. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam)
Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) Open Forums are designed to improve CFI/Designated
Pilot Examiner (DPE) knowledge, skills, and abilities. The CFI Open Forums enhance
communication between CFIs, DPEs, and the FAA through education on local training
issues and interactive discussions. This improves the participant’s knowledge
and skills while deliberating on local issues such as deficiencies on check rides,
practical test standards,
and risk mitigation based on local accidents within
the district area.
NOTE: In addition, the CFI Open Forums challenge and encourage CFIs
and DPEs to approach flight instruction and checking with seriousness and diligence,
recognizing the critical importance they have in the foundational and continuing
development of airmen and their long-term impact on aviation safety.
A. Purpose. This section describes duties, responsibilities,
and coordination requirements for the educational outreach to CFIs.
B. Scope. This section applies to all FAASTeam Program Managers
(FPM) and Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) Managers.
15-12-1-3 TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES.
A. Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) Activity Code.
1) Operations: 1932.
2) Maintenance: 3932.
3) Avionics: 5932.
B. Significant Interfaces. This task requires coordination with
the following organizations or individuals:
· National FAASTeam Branch (AFS-850);
· FSDO Management Team;
· Guest speakers or contributors participating in the event;
· Local CFIs;
· Local DPEs;
· Operations aviation safety inspectors (ASI);
· Regional FAASTeam Points of Contact (RFPOC);
· Subject matter experts (SME);
· FAASTeam Representatives (REP); and
· Local air traffic controllers.
C. Automation Tools. The FAASTeam Web site at
1) Legal References. [Reserved]
2) Regulatory Guidance. [Reserved]
3) Procedural Guidance (current editions):
· FAA Order
Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem.
· PTRS Procedure Manual (PPM).
4) Additional Guidance:
practical test standards (PTS).
· National FAASTeam Performance Plan (NPP).
E. Forms. FAA Form 8000-36, Program Tracking and Reporting System Data Sheet.
F. Job Aids. [Reserved]
A. AFS-850. AFS-850 is responsible for developing and providing
the National CFI Forum PowerPoint (PPT) presentation each quarter and posting
them on the National FAASTeam SharePoint site.
B. The FPM or Designated Presenter. The FPM or designated presenter
is responsible for downloading the presentation from the national FAASTeam SharePoint
site and becoming familiar with the course content. This presentation is meant
to be a short “conversation starter” presentation. The presenter should encourage
the audience to expand upon the content of the presentation with local examples
and best practices. The object is to get the audience interacting with each other.
C. The FPM. The FPM is also responsible for reviewing local FSDO
areas of concern and developing a presentation for a portion of the Flight Instructor
Open Forum. The FPM should determine local areas of concern by consulting local
accident/incident data and information on recurring deviations for the quarter
and information from local FSDO inspectors, air traffic managers, and FSDO management personnel.
15-12-1-7 CFI OPEN FORUMS PROCESS FLOW. [Reserved]
15-12-1-9 PROCEDURES. [Reserved]
15-12-1-11 TASK OUTCOMES. [Reserved]
15-12-1-13 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. [Reserved]
15-12-1-15 through 15-12-1-25 RESERVED.