About Geoff Newman

As an enthusiast for Evidence Based Training, (EBT) Geoff has promoted the concept of ‘teaching for competency’ rather than the traditional approach to training and testing, which has proved to be inadequate in so many ways. EBT makes use of simulators and scenario-based training to maximise the benefits that flight simulation can deliver.

Chapter 13 – Cometh the Hour Cometh the….. FCOM!!

‘Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.’ William Pollard The FCOM, or Flight Crew Operating Manual is set to be the latest weapon in the crew trainer’s quest for TQM – Total Quality Management. TQM was the fashionable [...]

Chapter 12 How Good do the Type Rating Trainees Need to be?

‘It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity’ Mahatma Gandhi The simple answer is ‘as good as you can afford them to be’. A normal TR course could, at least in theory, be so comprehensive that it would take a newly qualified CPL graduate and make him fit [...]

Chapter 11 – Flat Screen Displays – Friend or Foe

‘Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV’ C40 (Military 737) pilot after first check ride in a glass cockpit The advent of ‘flat screen[1]’ technology allowed the designers to deliver copious amounts of information to the pilot. Simple they are not! The method of delivery is essentially ‘digital’ as any analogue element [...]

Chapter 10 – To Reposition or not to Reposition

‘To be (here) or not to be (there); that is the question’ With apologies to William Shakespeare The inappropriate use of the repositioning, freezing and slewing is as much a curse as delivering an unwarranted plethora of malfunctions and emergencies. The SFI needs to take on board the fact that the use of these simulator [...]

Chapter 9 – Motion Sickness

Health is not valued till sickness comes. Thomas Fuller For the few that encounter it, motion sickness is the ‘black bear’ that casts a shadow over their life in the simulator. If you are an SFI then probably you have learnt how to deal with it or you are immune or you are a very [...]

Chapter 8 – Simulators are not Perfect

‘The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the artisan that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools’ Confucius We are the beneficiaries of a fantastic technology that gives us a teaching tool second to none. There is a big BUT coming…….. BUT… the software that drives it always seems to be a ‘BETA’ [...]

Chapter 7 – Tips and Tricks

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. Erma Bombeck It is almost impossible to teach two TR courses the same way. This is because the trainees arrive with varied levels of [...]

Chapter 6 – Overactivity in the Delivery of Malfunctions

‘Less is more’ Ludwig Meis van der Rohe Faced with an Instructor Operating Station (IOS) bristling with toys and lots of malfunctions and emergencies it is possible for a lesson to descend into farce with one emergency piled on to another. The temptation is to be resisted at all costs. Abuse of the emergency panel [...]


‘Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.’ Robert Anthony The simple word ‘trainee’ hides a huge range of characters and personalities. Along with that continuum are a wide variety of backgrounds and histories. It helps if you know something about what is driving your man (or woman). Are they there under [...]

Chapter 4 YOU – YES YOU, THE SFI

‘Waste no more time arguing what a good Sim Instructor should be, be one’ (With apologies to Marcus Aurelius) You are the teacher, for some you may be the butt of the trainees’ attempts at humour but for many (most?) you will be accorded a big chunk of respect from the outset and you will [...]

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