Aviation Training News Overview

2013-01-21

Pan Am International Flight School has acquired Airline Career Academy (ACA), a pilot training academy specializing in JAA/EASA and FAA Ab Initio training. The acquisition was finalized December 31st and all training will continue to operate under the Pan Am International Flight Academy brand.

Air Georgian and Air Canada have created a unique cadet pilot hiring program for high-achieving Canadian youth. The program is designed to encourage young men and women to consider careers in commercial aviation by assisting them with pilot training and offering them a clearer path to rewarding employment opportunities.

CAE’s Gulfstream G450/G550 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Shanghai, China, received Level D certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and training will begin early this year at the Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Centre (SEFTC), in Shanghai Pudong Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone.

Egyptair Training Center has successfully passed the new audit evaluation from EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) to certify the simulator fleet of A320, A330, A340, B777 and B737-800 Level D. The Boeing simulators were audited by the Swedish transport agency from the civil aviation department, while the Airbus simulators were approved by the United Kingdom CAA.

In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminded pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations. “The FAA believes maintaining and improving knowledge and skills for manual flight operations are necessary for safe flight operations. Continuous use of those systems does not reinforce a pilot’s knowledge and skills in manual flight operations. Autoflight systems are useful tools for pilots and have improved safety and workload management, and thus enabled more precise operations. However, continuous use of autoflight systems could lead to degradation of the pilot’s ability to recover the aircraft quickly from an undesired state,” said the SAFO.

‘While simulators have become ever more central to pilot training, the technology only recently found its way into technical training. But with growing computerization of aircraft systems and shorter maintenance downtime, virtual reality is becoming more important in equipping engineers with new skills. The challenge is not to maintain mechanical components, which will always be part of the technician’s skill set’, says Michele Asmar, director of training solutions at CAE, but to interpret fault messages from the systems’ built-in testing equipment correctly and find appropriate solutions. The tasks have become more software-orientated and, hence, lend themselves to computer-based training.

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