Issue 3

Flight Simulation and the Single Pilot Environment The accident statistics published on both sides of the Atlantic by the FAA* and EASA* show similar trends regarding ‘causal factors’. It would not surprise me to find that those similarities were mirrored across the globe. These statistics reveal the ‘poor decision making’ by the pilot is either [...]

Issue 2

Sim Instructors Can Spot Design Flaws and Help Prevent Accidents I read an accident report today, the one issued by the UAE authorities following the ditching of the AW139 with a failed oil cooler fan. This preliminary report, no doubt, as with many previous accident reports, will be followed by a final version and with [...]

Issue 1

I have just rounded off my 49th year in aviation the big ‘5’ ‘0’ come in November. For two years, back in the ‘80s I taught and examined in the S61 simulators in Aberdeen and Stavanger. For much of the last ten years I have worked at the Leonardo (nee Agusta Westland) Training Academies in [...]

Chapter 20 – Compliance versus Evidence

‘Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men’ Group Captain Harry Melville Arbuthnot Day GC, DSO, OBE The compliance-based system of training management is the support pillar for a pilot licensing system. It supports the issue of a license, and it supports the ongoing delivery of a satisfactory performance by [...]

Chapter 19 – Missed Opportunity?

‘A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties’ Harry S Truman My colleagues in the US, Italy and Kuala Lumpur have more than 100,000 hours of watching pilots interact with the AW139 cockpit environment. You can be sure that we have a [...]

Chapter 18 – Mobile Phones

‘Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.' Clint Eastwood The making and receiving of calls on mobile phones in the simulator is a no-no. For the instructor, it’s an insult to your trainees, and if it’s the trainees who want to use [...]

Chapter 17 – Optimisation of the Training Effort

‘If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.' Anonymous Helicopter training using the resources of an ATO are expensive. Why would anyone spend so much money on a training course and not want it to be as good and as efficient as it can be? Why would any organisation offer these training courses, [...]

Chapter 16 – The Use of Interpreters

‘Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful, if it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful’ Yevgeny Yevtushenko Using an interpreter is sometimes necessary but the limitations of teaching through a third party need to be understood and taken into account. It takes about one third longer to [...]

Chapter 15 – A Message for Chief Pilots

‘A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way’ John C. Maxwell Recurrent training is an opportunity for pilots to gain vital practice, to be standardised and receive additional skills or maybe polish the old ones. I am constantly disappointed that Chief Pilots allow their crews to arrive for [...]

Chapter 14 – Measuring Progress

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert Kennedy   The assessment process is a vital component of any training course because: a. It chronicles progress through the course. b. It identifies the positive and negative aspects of the trainee’s performance. c. Facilitates continuity of training following [...]

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