FAA Announces Changes to FOI Test

by Rich Stowell (Lifetime Member) on May 23, 2011

In light of concerns raised about recent changes to the FAA’s Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) knowledge test, the FAA recently announced that six test questions have been withdrawn. This action comes as a result of consultation with academics and others who have expertise in test writing and validation. According to an email from FAA’s Stanley Roberts, “the FAA intends to involve the flight training industry and academia in the process of developing future revisions to testing and guidance documents.” The email continued, “The FAA is also developing more detailed knowledge test guides to assist airmen and aviation instructors in preparing for knowledge exams.”

The announcement is consistent with key recommendations presented by SAFE to the Airman Testing Standards Branch (AFS 630) on April 20th, as well as recommendations made during the SAFE-chaired Pilot Training Reform Symposium on May 4-5.

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