International Pilot Training Association


The International Pilot Training Association (IPTA) was established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries' Association (ICCAIA), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the four major civil passenger aircraft manufacturers (Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer), leading training providers and other key industry stakeholders. IPTA is focusing on commercial air transport pilot, instructor and evaluator training and qualification, and is also addressing the increasing shortage of commercial pilots in collaboration with ICAO’s Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Outreach Programme with a view to ensuring that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system.


Between 1950 and 2010, commercial aviation organisations worldwide made significant investments in pilot training initiatives, principally on an individual basis. While much of this work was successful, it stretched individual organisations’ resources, resulted in divergent solutions to shared challenges, and did not benefit from the synergies that might have resulted from a combined and coordinated effort. Moreover, despite these endeavours, standards and qualifications are still not harmonised internationally and recommended practices have not yet been adopted worldwide. A paradigm shift is needed through a collaborative effort. IPTA intends to provide that game changer.

The Challenge

Advances in pilot training and aircraft design have made commercial aviation the safest mode of public transport. IPTA aims to improve matters further by:

  • Reducing the civil aircraft accident rate.
  • Improving pilot, instructor and evaluator training and qualification.
  • Improving efficiency by reducing the repetitive qualification of equipment and people.
  • Prioritizing initiatives that seek to ensure a sustainable supply of competent pilots globally.
  • Identifying and increasing the adoption of best practices, innovation and excellence in pilot training and qualification.

Mission Statement

IPTA aims to drive improvement in the safety, quality and efficiency of commercial aviation through continuous improvement of pilot training and qualification and to create a global recruitment environment that provides sufficient competent pilots to sustain the growth of the industry.

International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC)

IPTC was formed in 2011 as an initiative by the Principals of IATA, ICAO, IFALPA and the RAeS. A formal partnership agreement was signed in September 2012 and, in 2013, ICCAIA joined the Consortium. IPTC has delivered key outputs, benefiting the industry worldwide. Over 180 international experts employed by a large number of companies around the world have been involved; moreover, some 150 of them are still undertaking excellent work today. With an expanded group of stakeholders, IPTA can build very effectively on the excellent foundation provided by IPTC.


IPTA aims to leverage the capabilities, membership and global reach of its stakeholder organisations to assist the industry by facilitating conversations, undertaking work and seeking to secure the harmonisation of standards and processes for pilot training, instruction and evaluation wherever appropriate. It is non-partisan, it supports recommendations for change with appropriate evidence, and its activities are conducted openly and transparently. Governance is achieved through a Council and an Executive Board providing guidance and direction to a number of Workstreams. Civil Aviation Authorities and other key safety organisations are working with IPTA as Affiliate Members. All agreed IPTC outputs are made freely available to anyone in the industry with a legitimate interest.

Future Development

The websites and conferences hosted by IPTA stakeholder organisations will be used to report progress. To view the IPTA Open Access website, please email with your name, affiliation and contact details to request a username and password.