Transition Training




Advisory Circular 90-109A, Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft:

"Shifting Gears: Tips for Transition Training" page 26, FAA Safety Briefing, Sept/Oct 2017:

Transitioning to Other Airplanes, AOPA Online Course:

FAA Airplane Flying Handbook, Chapters 11-15 Transition Training:

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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee
Loss of Control Working Group 1

Outreach Guidance Document
2014/10/01-065 (I)PP

This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC). It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts. Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.

Outreach Month: June 2018

Topic: Transition Training (SE 5.3)
The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the benefits of transition training.


NTSB accident data suggest that pilots with low time in type are more likely to crash. Although some transition training such as high performance, high altitude, complex airplane and tail wheel instruction and endorsement is required by regulation, the case can be made for other types and variations of aircraft as well.

Teaching Points:

  • Discuss the benefits of transition training
  • Note the higher rate of fatal accidents in amateur-built and light sport aircraft
  • Emphasize that pilots need transition when transitioning from low to high & high to low performance aircraft.
    • Not only for stick & rudder skill development but also for systems knowledge.
      • Misunderstanding of fuel systems has led to many fuel starvation accidents.
  • Provide information on getting the most benefit from transition training.

Note: This outreach consists of this guidance document, Power Point presentation, and presentation notes.