The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published the Remote Pilot – small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Airman Certification Standard (ACS) document to communicate the aeronautical knowledge standards for
certification and recurrent knowledge testing for a Remote Pilot Certificate with an sUAS rating.
The FAA views the ACS as the foundation to an integrated and systematic approach to airman certification. The ACS is part of the safety management system (SMS) framework that the FAA uses to mitigate risks associated
with airman certification training and testing. Specifically, the ACS, associated guidance, and test question components of the airman certification system are constructed around the four functional components of an SMS:
• Safety Policy that defines and describes aeronautical knowledge and risk management as integrated
components of the airman certification system;
• Safety Risk Management processes through which internal stakeholders identify and evaluate regulatory
changes, safety recommendations, or other factors that require modification of airman testing and training
• Safety Assurance processes to ensure the prompt and appropriate incorporation of changes arising from
new regulations and safety recommendations; and
• Safety Promotion in the form of ongoing engagement with both external stakeholders and FAA policy
The FAA has developed the ACS with the goal to drive a systematic approach to all components of the airman certification system which includes the knowledge test question development, course development, and guidance
material. The FAA acknowledges and appreciates the many hours that aviation experts, both internal and external to the FAA, have contributed toward this goal. This level of collaboration, a hallmark of a robust safety culture, strengthens and enhances aviation safety at every level of the airman certification system.
John S. Duncan
Executive Director, Flight Standards Service