International Association of Aviation Personnel Schools

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The International Association of Aviation Personnel Schools (formerly the European Association of Aviation Pilot Schools[1]) is a worldwide association of pilot schools.[2] The organization was created on 25 October 1995, and was later renamed in 2009 to also include aviation schools not located in Europe.[3]

The IAAPS is recognized by various national and international aviation authorities. The association is also part of the rulemaking group of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).[4] The organization currently represents 25 member schools and puts forward goals to improve the quality of pilot studies and to represent the schools in the official administrations, including the Civil Aviation Authority,[5] and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).[6] It is also supported by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus,[7] which organizes many of the logistical aspects the association, including Airbus headquarters.[8]


The European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) was originally formed as a direct result of the implementation of the so-called "Cyprus Agreement" in 1990.[9] In 1995, the European Association of Airline Pilot Schools (EAAPS) was established.

The EAAPS was active in the pan-European project to define and standardize the depth and scope of flight training within the JAA.[10] As a result, the "Joint Aviation Requirement Flight Crew Licensing Code" (JAR-FCL) was established.[9] The name of the organization was changed to the IAAPS in 2009 after becoming a worldwide association.


As a global pilot shortage grows,[11] members of the IIAPS work together to maintain and improve the quality standards of pilot training.[9] Aviation training improves air safety standards.[12]

The IAAPS is recognized by the EASA as a representative of the flight training industry.[13] Memberships of the IAAPS include that of the EASA Advisory Board,[13] the Safety Standards Consultative Committee,[13] Subject Expert Team (SET),[13] the Theoretical Knowledge Steering Group[13] and the Human Factors Steering Group.[13]

The IAAPS helped to develop "learning objectives" for aircraft and helicopters.[14] These developments were published by the Joint Aviation Authorities and later by the European Aviation Safety Agency.[13]


The association includes 25 member schools in 12 countries. Each member organization is certified nationally. The international membership is currently expanding.[15] Member flight schools include:


  1. ^ History
  2. ^ June 24-25, 2008 : EAAPS general assembly
  3. ^ (French) Assemblée générale de l'IAAPS
  5. ^ (French) L'Ecole nationale des pilotes de ligne de la RAM adhère à l'International association of Aviation personnel schools
  6. ^ (French) L'Ecole nationale des pilotes de ligne de la RAM adhère à l'IAAPS, Le Magazine du Manager, undated. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  7. ^ EAAPS Becomes IAAPS, Halldale Media Group, 29 July 2008.
  8. ^ (French) 9-20 septembre 2006, Assemblée Générale EAAPS, Toulouse
  9. ^ a b c IAAPS, History; retrieved 2012-1-4.
  10. ^ Oxford Aviation Services. (2001). JAA-ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Manual: Aircraft General Knowledge, Airframes and Systems, p. 3; retrieved 2012-1-5.
  11. ^ Pearson, David. "Global pilots shortage worsens," The Australian, April 25, 2008; retrieved 2012-1-4.
  12. ^ Lekic, Slobodo. "Shortage of pilots affecting flight safety," The Independent (South Africa). July 17, 2007; Dahlström, Nicklas. (2002). "Current aspects on aviation training and its relevance for safety," Human Factors and Safety in Aviation: Proceedings of a Conference September 26–27, 2002, Lund, Sweden, p. 47 (PDF pp. 48-56); retrieved 2012-1-4.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g IAAPS, Projects; retrieved 2012-1-5.
  14. ^ L'Ecole nationale des pilotes de ligne de la RAM adhère à l'International association of Aviation personnel schools
  15. ^ IAAPS, Members; retrieved 2012-1-4.

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