Milt Hobbs, managing director of JPMorgan Chase’s aviation department, has become the 100th FlightSafety Master Aviator. To earn this distinction, pilots must successfully complete a series of aircraft type-specific advanced training courses and electives, as well as undergo recurrent training with FlightSafety International (Booth F79).
Hobbs has trained with FlightSafety on several aircraft throughout his career in business aviation. He has more than 40 years of experience as a pilot and flight department leader and holds an ATP and CFII with more than 14,000 accident- and incident-free flight hours. Additionally, Hobbs serves on the board of directors of NBAA and Westchester Aviation Association.
The Master Aviator curriculum expands training beyond the fundamentals covered by initial and recurrent courses. Under this program, simulator scenarios deliver deeper knowledge of the aircraft and help ensure a safe and correct response to demanding flight situations.
According to FlightSafety, the advanced courses help flight crews understand and respond to challenging situations and achieve the highest level of safety. Advanced courses for pilots of fixed-wing aircraft include upset prevention and recovery, energy management, rejected takeoff go/no-go, and cockpit resource management/human factors line-oriented flight training. Master-level courses for helicopter pilots include advanced helicopter crew resource and advanced helicopter surviving inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions.