FlightSafety International is revamping its classroom curricula to be more participatory and less pedagogical. The company says students learn more and faster by doing as opposed to listening to a traditional lecture. The theory is not new, but its application to typical ground school instruction, combined with high-tech training devices, is. “It’s a new approach to the way we deliver training,” said Greg McGowan, FlightSafety International (FSI) senior vice president of operations.
Western Aircraft recently built and donated a cockpit simulator to be used as a learning tool in Idaho State University’s College of Technology.
CAE and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) plan to work together to provide academic and in-flight upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to flight instructors and student cadets (ab initio pilots) attending CAE Oxford Aviation Academy flight school programs. Student pilots will receive basic UPRT training with options for an upgrade program, while instructors will go through the professional pilot UPRT program.
The emergency maneuver training provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) aims to put a dent in accident statistics that confirm loss of control in-flight as the number-one cause of commercial jet fatalities. According to Dr. Sunjoo Advani, chairman of the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes, “[the problem] cannot be simply solved through technology, or through current pilot training paradigms.”
Today, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association launched a seven-figure initiative aimed at reversing the decline in the number of U.S.-licensed pilots, which is down 25 percent over the last 30 years, and arresting the estimated 80-percent student-pilot dropout rate. The association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community will be funded by the AOPA Foundation and will initially focus on supporting flying clubs, with the goal of creating 1,000 new clubs over the next five years.
Having acquired a Eurocopter full EC135 flight simulator from Thales, French helicopter operator SAF Hélicoptères inaugurated its “training academy” on June 15, bringing access to flight simulators to pilots of light helicopters. The €5 million ($6.3 million) training center, located near Albertville in the French Alps, will be available to pilots from other operators next year. SAF anticipates running the simulator 2,000 hours annually.
Hilton Software’s WingX Pro 7 moving-map iPad app is now integrated with the X-Plane flight simulator software, so X-Plane users can fly with WingX Pro 7 and view all of the WingX features during a simulated flight. This includes the position of the simulated aircraft depicted on WingX’s moving-map and geo-referenced approach plates. Additionally, X-Plane users can try out WingX Pro 7 features such as synthetic vision with pitch and bank, without needing a separate AHRS device.
FlightSafety International (FSI) began customer pilot training for the newly certified Gulfstream G650 on September 10 at its Savannah Gulfstream Learning Center. FSI has 16 pilots enrolled in the first class, which is expected to last three-and-a-half weeks and will be supported by two full-motion simulators, four graphical flight simulators (GFS), 14 pilot instructors and one center manager.
The one-year grace period from last year’s change to the FAA’s requirements for pilot proficiency checks (PPC) ends Oct. 31, 2012. After that date, all pilots acting as pilot-in-command of a single-pilot certified turbojet aircraft will be required to have completed a PIC check within the preceding 12 calendar months.
Russian Helicopters and CAE are studying the joint development of helicopter flight simulators and pilot training programs in Tomilino, near Moscow. They will also discuss the joint creation of training centers elsewhere in Russia and other countries, the companies said. Under the proposed partnership, Russian Helicopters would “gain access to CAE’s technologies,” while CAE will in turn “have the opportunity to promote its products for Russian-built helicopters.”