‘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 ‘tools’ can have a dramatic and negative effect on the trainee’s psyche. Some pilots are immune to the effects but a significant minority find it disturbing and once again this can break the tenuous commitment by the trainee to sign up to the belief that they are in the real aircraft.

The golden rule as far as I am concerned is that your TR lesson plan should never depend on the use of repositioning in order to complete the sortie in the allotted time. If it does then you are trying to do too much in the one sortie. Reduce the content or increase the sortie time.  If you do need to use it then at least try to engage with the trainee to understand if it is likely to disturb their performance. A fragile trainee will not recover from an inappropriate freeze followed by a ‘quick reposition’. You may not see any deterioration in their performance after such positioning but my own belief is that it has a material effect on the student’s ability to retain the detail of the lessons delivered.

In some jurisdictions I believe the use of repositioning, freezing and/or slewing is forbidden during checks.