‘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 recurrent training with no checklists, no QRH (or equivalent) and worst of all, no plan.

We can deliver a standard recurrent package but it would work better if the candidates for recurrent training were properly prepared, equipped and could give the SFI’s an indication of what they need as expressed by the pilot managers rather than the individuals themselves.

I detect an element of box-ticking here. Maybe the motivation for recurrent training is coming from an organisation outside the operator – OGP? NAA? – and is therefore devoid of enough ‘ownership’.

Pilots need leaders although, as professionals, they may tell you otherwise. We need pilots to have leaders and those leaders must lead by example. They need to know what they want and then ensure that their colleagues arrive for training suitably briefed and prepared and NOT allowed to wander in aimlessly as if they were turning up for their annual flu jab.

There are major operators, both state and commercial, who send their crews to the simulator with no documentation at all. Realistic scenario training in particular requires the crew to have available ALL the documents (maps, normal checklists, emergency checklists, Minimum Equipment Lists, approach plates, Route Guides, Operations Manuals) that they would normally find in their cockpits.

Best practice in this respect is the provision of a locker or a nav-bag, parked at the training centre and made available to the crews when they arrive for their sim sessions.