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FlightSafety and Gulfstream Field New Science-based Pilot Training

 - May 21, 2014, 10:55 AM

A partnership between FlightSafety International (FSI) and Gulfstream has created two new science-based flight crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, while the second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent. A third new training option uses a custom methodology to present critical aircraft procedures and tasks according to the phase of flight rather than the traditional class that introduces everything tied to a particular aircraft system.

The rejected-takeoff course presents the flight crew with as many as 18 different V1 abort scenarios requiring decisions to either continue the takeoff or halt the aircraft. In addition to gaining proficiency in go/no-go decision-making, the course gives the two pilots an opportunity to fly their aircraft under the high stress and demands of an emergency return to the airport. Each pilot will have the opportunity to practice multiple emergency-return scenarios. The course is currently offered at FlightSafety’s Dallas and Savannah learning centers and will be available in Long Beach and Wilmington, in addition to Farnborough by the end of 2014.

The energy management class includes two hours of ground school and four hours of Gulfstream simulator time where 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 easily handled The course also exposes crews to as many as 10 different scenarios during each two-hour simulator session to help crews predict whether they’ll meet stabilized approach criteria well in advance of arriving at a company-established point in space. FSI and Gulfstream recommend the course be taken as a crew for maximum effectiveness.

FSI enhanced its G550 training program by using the company’s new Operational Day Flow training methodology to trains crews on tasks and procedures within the context of pre-defined flight plans and city pairs. This new methodology makes extensive use of Matrix, FSI’s integrated training system that allows instructors to enrich the pilot’s knowledge by demonstrating how systems operate and interact in a real-time environment. It also enables the pilots to immediately put the new activity into practice during the remainder of the session. Operational Day Flow training methodology is currently in use during G550 training at a number of FlightSafety’s learning centers.