The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA), the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries' Association (ICCAIA) 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).

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On 23-25 September 2014, the RAeS hosted the International Flight Crew Training Conference in London, specifically addressing IPTC. Leading international industry experts in the commercial air transport sector met to scrutinise the work undertaken by the IPTC and the issues that remained to be addressed. The Conference decided that certain IPTC Terms of Reference, deliverables, and timelines needed to be changed to refocus the work over the next three years. It also decided that a further conference to examine IPTC's outputs would be held at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal in September 2017.

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. By employing over 100 subject experts from all over the world, IPTC has the potential to provide that game changer.

Mission Statement

The International Pilot Training Consortium aims to improve safety, quality and efficiency of commercial aviation by developing common understandings on standards and processes for pilot training, instruction and evaluation to the benefit of the industry worldwide. 


The IPTC aims to make these improvements by leveraging the capabilities, membership and global reach of the partner organisations.  A Steering Committee, overseen by the Senior Partners' Board, provides guidance and direction to a number of workstreams.  National and international Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) and other key safety organisations are working with IPTC as Associate Members.  A key principle is for openness and transparency, and all agreed IPTC outputs are made freely available to anyone in the industry with a legitimate interest. 

Future Developments

The websites and conferences hosted by the 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.