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 3 The Learning Curve

‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying’. Friedrich Nietzsche The planners and the Head of Training will design a course that almost invariably will have a linear ‘learning curve’ – in fact not a curve at all but [...]

Chapter 2 – Success is the Key Objective

‘I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it’ Pablo Picasso The simple application of a little human psychology will enable you, as the simulator instructor, to ‘prime the pump’ and ensure the course gets off on the right foot. Remember you are, above all, a teacher and [...]

Chapter 1 So You Want to be a Sim Instructor

‘The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts’ C. S. Lewis This article is a very personal view of the world of the Helicopter Synthetic Flight Instructor and is not written with any authority from those I have worked for in this role. I’m not involved in the challenges of [...]

Confessions of a (Helicopter) Flight Simulator Instructor Introduction

(or ‘The Things I Learnt at School’) By Geoff Newman BASIC FLYING RULES 'Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, and trees. It is much more difficult to fly there." With [...]

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