Introduction of Technically Advanced Aircraft in Ab-Initio Flight Training
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The transition of pilots from a traditional cockpit to a modern glass-cockpit has been a training challenge for the last two decades. The arrival of Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) during the last decade has brought the opportunity to introduce this technology from the beginning of airline pilot training. In this project, three flight instructors responsible for the introduction of TAAs in ab-initio training at a flight school were interviewed on their initial experiences and concerns regarding the introduction. Subsequently, questionnaires were collected from the familiarization training of instructors on the new aircraft and from ab-initio students and instructors after three of the 18 flights leading up to the first solo. Finally, flight instructors involved in the introduction were interviewed. The results showed that anticipated problems with use of displays, aircraft speed, and use of side control proved to have limited impact on the training. The conclusion is that with extensive preparation, introduction of TAA in ab-initio training can be accomplished successfully. However, the expected benefits of this on training and questions on what might be lost in the process need to be addressed by further research.
International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies
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