APG Radio 004 – Airline Pilot Training – Career Immersion, Getting Students Flight Deck Ready, Monitoring, Remedial Training, & Testing

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How is career immersion important in airline pilot training?  While we have a cadet in airline pilot training, we want to make sure that that trainee is immersed In the world, the art and the science of aviation.


How do we do this? We make sure that there’s significant amount of ground learning material. Guided material to help the student cover key topics that may not have been covered. And his traditional flight training. For example, we’ve mentioned many times CRM, but how many flight schools have materials and curriculum that they require and monitor the student to complete on CRL.


On hazardous material, on low visibility operations. We want to make sure we cover those ingredients in a career immersion. We also like to promote video games. We think that , the gamers of today are the airline pilots of tomorrow. So, we want them to have access to aviation video games. They are no substitute for airline pilot training, but some of them are good enough to provide some help!

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Not the kind where they’re out there playing fighter pilots. But the kind where they’re out there practicing flying an airliner, setting up for an approach, setting up their instruments for the instrument, vectoring, and flying of the aircraft. It’s all about immersion. We don’t want take a pilot and take pilot training take three years.


We want to get you a pilot trained from zero time, through flight deck ready. And that includes airline pilot training, type rating already completed, ready for the cockpit. And we want to do it in less than a year. To do that, we have to immerse. They have to go through an aviation immersion program.


Controlling costs. Controlling costs is important for the airline, the individual, the recruiter, and the flight school. Controlling costs is all about having a clear, laid out flight. Training plan, monitoring that plan, adhering to the plan, and making sure that we have touch points along the way to do a how goes it.


How is the training going? How is the trainee adapting? How is the instructor feel the trainee is adapting? The how goes it along the way is the key to controlling costs. For flight schools, controlling costs is metering the number of students that you take so that you’re not taking on too many or too few.


So, with a network approach, we’re able to meter the students a little bit better to you. And controlled to help you make controlled growth. Process driven results. Process driven results means that by monitoring the process of the student and the curriculum we are able to make course corrections and adjustments so that every single student Comes out of the APG network ready to be an airline pilot.


They don’t have the missing gaps that we have accepted as training professionals at airlines. As an airline instructor, how many times have we seen students come to us and there’s deficiencies, there’s holes, there’s missed information in the development of that student. We wanna make sure to fill those holes with a process driven testing for success results.


Pilot exchange program. We’re proposing a very interesting idea. And that is there’s a global pilot shortage. However, in the United States our pilot shortage is because of a hurdle in the training path. To fill an airline seat in the United States a pilot must hold an APP. That means they have to meet the 1500 hour requirements, which is reducible all the way down to a 1000.

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And for military pilots, 750 hours. Still it’s a lot of flight time and that’s where we have the biggest backlog of trying to get our young men and women trained to fill airline seats in the United States. Isn’t it interesting that at the very same time in the Pacific Rim, we need young men and women to fill airline seats.


How are we getting those seats filled? You can take a pilot at 300 hours, 350 hours, that’s one of our exchange pilots. So, we understand, and rightfully so, your goal is to train, if you’re a foreign airline, if you’re an airline anywhere in the world, you wanna have your nationals.


Training to be pilots. But that training process can take a year, year and a half, two years. Why delay your deliveries? We can provide you with an exchange pilot. Once your pilot is fully trained and through IOE, you send us our exchange pilot back. That exchange pilot goes back in as an instructor and helps create better ab initio cadets for both your nation and ours.


Listen aviation is a small community. We’re all here to accomplish the same thing. Operate airliners safely and efficiently. We each have individual problems that working together synergistically we can solve. Remedial training, every flight school should have a clearly defined remedial training program. Not every pilot learns at the same rate.


With the airline pilot gateway, we have laid out a plan for monitoring, for spot checking, or doing what we refer to as how goes it. To make sure that we are constantly following up, and following through with our trainees. But we have to face it, there are going to be trainees, whether they have a bad day, they have a mental block, remedial training is a spelled out plan, a process to help that individual to get over the training hurdles.


Remedial training is important to be spelled out so that the trainee themselves doesn’t have to worry about the unknowns. They know exactly where they’re at, what we’re going to do to get them past the hurdle and onto the next step. It’s important for the airline too. How many flight schools have used training deficiencies.


As a means of making money. We don’t believe that somebody’s training deficiency is the place to make money. We believe in helping that person become a successful airline pilot. And in some cases, helping that person decide that this career may not be for them. We do that with a publicized and well defined remedial training plan that we help implement, and help the schools and the trainees follow through on.


Testing for success. One of the emphasis we have as airline pilots is creating the right testing culture. We believe that a pilot has got a lot of pressure on them when they come for a check ride, when they come for a written exam, and we want to make this experience as positive as possible.


We’ve all been before a test, worked with an instructor, or maybe been in a testing center where they just did not create a friendly environment. We can’t get the best out of the trainee, unless we create an environment that they feel safe they feel that they’re going to be uplifted, that they feel very confident and positive that their knowledge, their background, their sweat equity invested into this training is going to be allowed to come out in a very positive light.


Doesn’t mean everybody passes, but it means that we create an environment to get the absolutely best look At our trainees, and create a culture for testing this very positive, upbeat, and as a learning experience. Higher standards. Here at Pilot Gateway we understand the end goal. We are commercial airline pilots.


We understand that our trainees are going to be going out to the line, and they’re going to have passengers onboard. We’re a multi million dollar aircraft. We want to make sure that the training standard are exceeding anything we’ve produced in the industry to date consistently. We talked a lot about how we’re going to do that.


But we want you to understand. The practical pilot test standards for the airline pilot gateway isn’t the end all goal. The end all goal is this test. Would I put my family in a seat on an airplane that’s being flown by one of our trainees. Our promise to the trainees, to the airlines, to the pilot recruiters, we will not release this pilot to you until we can very positively say yes I would put my family on that aircraft.

 

2017-09-28T02:44:25+00:00

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