A partnership between FlightSafety International and Gulfstream has created two science-based flight-crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, while a second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent.
The rejected-takeoff course presents flight crews with as many as 18 different V1 abort scenarios requiring decisions to continue or abort the takeoff and halt the aircraft. In addition to gaining proficiency in go/no-go decision-making, pilots have an opportunity to fly their aircraft under the high stress and demands of an emergency return to the airport.
The energy-management class includes two hours of ground school and four hours in the Gulfstream flight simulator, during which time pilots learn the tools available to avoid unstable approaches by understanding their “energy state” at any given point in the descent. This early knowledge allows pilots to take action much earlier in resolving any high-energy problems when they can still be handled easily. The course also exposes crews to as many as 10 different scenarios during each two-hour simulator session to help them predict whether they’ll meet stabilized approach criteria well in advance of arriving at a company-established point in space.