FSTDs

EASA Qualified FSTDs – What Are They?

2022-01-03

Almost every future pilot uses at least one of the FSTD devices at some point in their training. The abbreviation stands for “flight simulation training devices.” It is an umbrella term for various equipment used to simulate flights during pilot training. The FSTD concept encompasses full flight simulators (FFSs), flight training devices (FTDs), flight navigation procedures trainers (FNPTs), and basic instrument training devices (BITDs). Full Flight Simulator (FFS) An FFS is the most widely used training device in pilot training and the most advanced and in terms of its design and functionality. FFS training constitutes practicing in a highly innovative virtual environment for completing Type Rating, recurrent training and licence proficiency checks. Completely accurate replication of...

Top 5 Things Airlines Look for in a Training Provider

2021-02-01

Pilots’ qualifications and where they are acquired determine many different things: the airline’s safety rating and reputation, the regulatory compliance level, their pilots’ job satisfaction level, and last but not least, the airline’s ability to cut costs without compromising the quality of purchased services. The article below outlines the top 5 most essential factors airlines pay attention to when choosing a Type Rating training provider. Cost-cutting opportunities for airlines Focusing on growth rather than on reducing expenses might be a more promising idea, provided that no “oddities” are happening in the market in the meantime. However, at the times of uncertainty, such...

Recurrent Training and Checks: What Do You Know About It?

2020-04-28

Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Meanwhile pilots are among the very few professionals that are required to do repeated training as well as complete regular and rigorous examinations to maintain the existing skills and develop new ones.  Prior to becoming an airline pilot, a person has to go through many training stages that in total can take up to two years of intensive education. However, the issue of a licence and relevant certificates does not mean that there would be no more training. Training it is a faithful companion of each pilot throughout the entire...

Did You Know That Airbus Aircraft Have Identical Flight Decks?

2019-11-22

According to aviation regulations, it is forbidden for passengers to visit the pilot cockpit during a flight. However, aviation fans might have this opportunity. Everyone, who has visited different types of Airbus aircraft, has noticed that all of these aircraft decks made them feel as if they were on the same aircraft. And actually, they are right – Airbus flight decks are nearly identical. The cockpits are the same across all Airbus aircraft since all Airbus aircraft production today features the same cockpit layout. Thus, all the controls and even the handling procedures and qualities are the same. It is a...

How close can a plane fly to another aircraft?

Did You Know How close can a plane fly to another aircraft?

2019-11-11

If you are a frequent traveller who enjoys a window seat, you might have noticed other aircraft while in air. Flying in the crowded skies over Europe or North America, it is quite common to see other aircraft whizzing past, either above or below. Have you ever wondered how close to each other can aircraft fly? The distance between two flying commercial aircraft may vary at different flight phases and at a different altitude ─ during a takeoff and landing or at cruise altitude. This vertical and horizontal aircraft separation is under control of the specific aviation regulations and may vary...

thick line painted on aircraft door and emergency exit edge

Did you know why there is a thick line painted on aircraft door and emergency exit edges?

2019-10-16

Every plane spotter has noticed a thick solid line marking the edges of the aircraft door and emergency exit. Have you ever heard about the importance of this aircraft design element? In the early Jet Age, when aircraft were powered by newly invented turbine engines and commercial flights had just started, several dangerous accidents happened. Many lives could not be rescued due to a simple single reason - the emergency rescue crews outside the aircraft were unable to quickly find aircraft doors and window exits in the dark or a thick smoke after a crash. Therefore, noticeable changes in aircraft colour...

DID YOU KNOW HOW PILOTS FOLLOW THE LINES ON THE GROUND?

Did You Know How Pilots Follow the Lines On the Ground?

2019-09-13

You have got on board and with the rest of the passengers are waiting for take-off. The aircraft starts rolling on the taxiway. Therefore, have you ever wondered how pilots manage to follow the lines covering a taxiway at an airport? Safe and coordinated movement of the aircraft is important and there are different tools as well as methods helping pilots to navigate on the taxiway. Firstly, there is a specific marking on the ground. There is a yellow line marking the middle of the taxiway – pilots always hold the aircraft nose wheel on this line. They use the same...

Did You Know When Pilots Started To Communicate Using Radio?

Did You Know When Pilots Started To Communicate Using Radio?

2019-08-30

There are more than 100,000 commercial flights every day worldwide. It means that millions of interactions take place between pilots and air traffic controllers. Today aviation communication seems to be a very simple thing to do, however, it was one of the most complicated things during the early stages of aviation. Do you know when radio was installed in the aircraft? Since December 17th, 1903, when the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in history, communication with pilots in the air has been a real challenge. The industry started growing and developing rapidly. What were the first signs on the...

Did You Know How The Boeing 737 Evolved?

Did You Know How The Boeing 737 Evolved?

2019-08-16

If you've taken a commercial flight in the past 50 years, there's a good chance it was on a Boeing 737. What debuted in 1967 as a 50-seat regional jet has now spawned 220-plus-seat variants capable of transatlantic travel. The 737 has carried 30 billion passengers and it is equivalent to every person in the world travel 4 times. Do you know how the Boeing 737 evolved? In 1964, Boeing began working on a 50-to-60 seat narrow-body airliner designed for trips between 50 and 1,000 miles. It would also be roughly half the size of Boeing's smallest jet at the time,...

Why do window blinds have to be open during take-off and landing?

2019-08-02

While flying, you might have been asked by a flight attendant to open the window blinds. In fact, those blinds have to be open during a take-off and landing. But why does this need to be done? The first reason is your safety. If anything happens during a take-off or landing, your eyes will already be used to the day or night light outside, thus you will be able to react more quickly. Another reason for keeping the blinds open is visibility of aircraft outside. If any problems occur with the engine or wings, the crew can see it out of those...

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