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ISSUE 13 yEAR 2014


Survivable Accidents: Are You Prepared? 03
Flight Vis: Maximizing Your Pilot Recurrent 04
Training Vendor Partnership
ASI Message: What's It Doing Now? 05
Lessons Learned: Where the Wreckage Is Buried 06
SMS Corner: Safety Reports-Why and When? 07
Introducing USAIG's Newest Performance Vector 08
Offer: "Preparing for IS-BAO Audit"

Greetings! A T-shirt slogan once
opined, "Attitude makes the
difference in flight training." That's
aimed at the student, with a little
gyroscopic pun added. Approach
training with a constructive
outlook and you'll get more out of
it, check. But recurrent training is
expensive and time consuming.
It can feel like a distraction (from
the real job) or a means to an
end (preserving flight eligibility) if
we let it. It's really about staying
ready for the daunting challenges
aviation can dish out. We've
included some articles in this
issue to spur constructive thought
about recurrent training and
getting the most from activities
done to stay not just proficient,
but prepared. That requires
training to be relevant, valued as
the difference-maker it is and, of
course, approached with a positive
attitude. Fly smart and fly safe.

Paul Ratté
Director of Aviation Safety
Programs, USAIG

making the most of your
Training Center
Real-World Recurrent Training

Scenario-based training is a
natural fit for initial or upgrade
training as well, something that
the airlines have been doing
for a long time.
What did you do during your most recent recurrent training session? In past years, chances
are it would have been a lot like the previous
times that you went. For pilots regularly flying

their aircraft type, periodic trips to the simulator
training center have often seemed a little repetitive. In recent years, however, there has been a
trend among training centers to integrate more
risk-based scenario training into simulator and
classroom training sessions, resulting in a more
well-rounded training experience.
Previously, simulator training has emphasized
the mechanics of correctly handling the aircraft, but without providing much context. For
instance, it's typical to experience an engine
failure during an approach, manage the failure,
and then move on to something else. Training
centers have a lot of material to squeeze into
a short period of time on oftentimes tightly
scheduled simulators, so it's understandable
that they try to make training sessions as efficient as possible.
This type of maneuver training exercises a
pilot's procedural knowledge, but since the correct response is obvious it doesn't exercise decision-making abilities. Scenario-based training,
on the other hand, places those same maneuvers in a real-world operational environment
rather than present them in a vacuum. This is
consistent with the FAA's increasing emphasis
on scenario-based training, and enables training centers to provide realistic decision-making
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