What’s New and Upcoming in Airman Testing – November 2021

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Editor’s Note: The most recent version of the FAA’s “What’s New and Upcoming in Airman Testing” included a notice that it would be the last edition of the publication. Sporty’s has voiced its concern to FAA regarding this announcement as the publication serves as an important and safety-critical communication tool for updated testing content and FAA publication schedules. It also helps complete the continuous feedback loop so that we can ensure proper correlation between training and testing. If you are compelled to express your concern to FAA regarding this announcement, you may contact the Airman Testing Standards Branch here.

The Airman Testing Standards Branch recently published its November 2021 edition of What’s New and Upcoming in Airman Testing. New and revised test question activation dates for 2022 are as follows:

January 31, 2022
April 25, 2022
July 25, 2022
October 31, 2022

Test review – The FAA announced that, effective December 31, 2021, it will no longer provide an individual review of knowledge test results with the explanation that the testing software provides an opportunity for airman applicants to enter comments on each individual knowledge test question; therefore, applicants should provide any comments, on knowledge test questions, during the test as opposed to requesting a post-test review.

ACS – Airman Certification Standards currently under revision or development include the Aviation Instructor, Private Helicopter, Instrument Helicopter and Commercial Helicopter. Release dates have not been determined.

Handbooks – While the FAA released an updated version of the Airplane Flying Handbook in September, expect that knowledge test questions will be based on the B version of the handbook until October 31, 2022 test question activation cycle. Handbooks currently under revision with an estimated release date of February 2022 include the Risk Management Handbook and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operating Handbook.


The complete edition of the November What’s New and Upcoming in Airman Testing may be accessed here.

Archived version of the publication may be accessed here.



Eric Radtke