The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) have agreed to work in partnership on pilot, instructor and evaluator training and qualification in the commercial air transport sector through a unique new body: the International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC).

Download a copy of the promotional flyer to understand more about the Consortium's objectives and how we will acheive our goal to improve safety, quality and efficiency in commercial aviation worldwide.


On 23-25 September 2014, the RAeS will host the International Flight Crew Training Conference in London, where industry experts and global leaders within aviation will examine the work undertaken by the IPTC and seek to determine what further work is required and under what auspices it should be conducted. Visit the event page to book your place to participate and influence the discussions.

The Challenge

Advances in training and aircraft design have made commercial aviation the safest mode of public transport. However, the goal is to make it even safer by further reducing the accident rate.


Since the 1940s, commercial aviation organisations worldwide have made significant investments in pilot training initiatives, principally on an individual basis. Although these initiatives have generally met with success, they stretch the resources of the individual organisations, result in divergent solutions to shared challenges, and do not benefit from the synergies that could result through a combined and coordinated effort. A paradigm shift is needed through a collaborative effort. The IPTC will provide that game changer.

Mission Statement

The objective of the International Pilot Training Consortium is to improve safety, quality and efficiency of commercial aviation by developing international agreement on a common set of pilot training, instruction and evaluation standards and processes for the benefit of the industry worldwide and that will result in ICAO provisions.


The IPTC aims to make these improvements by leveraging the capabilities, membership and global reach of the four partner organisations. A Steering Committee will provide guidance and direction to a number of workstreams. National and international Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) and other key safety organisations are being invited to work with the Consortium. A key principle is for openness and transparency, and all agreed IPTC outputs will be made freely available to anyone in the industry with a legitimate interest.

Future Developments

The websites and conferences hosted by the four IPTC partner organisations will be used to report progress and further developments. To view the IPTC Open Access website, please email conference@aerosociety.com with your name, affiliation and contact details to request a username and password.