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can focus on speeding up the learning
process. Repetition helps, but it's not
efficient. It also doesn't address errors;
practicing errors just help us consolidate the errors.
This is where awareness is key. Without awareness of what we are achieving,
how can we update our mental imagery
database? But how do we help our student gain awareness? We ask awareness
questions: What speed did you maintain
there? What attitude did you maintain?
Where was the horizon cutting the
windscreen? Where was your aim point
on the ground? Where did it sit in the
windscreen? Where were you looking in
the flare? At what height did you cross
the threshold? Where did you touch
down? Put simply, what we are asking
our students to do is compare their
mental image with their awareness of
how close they are to that mental image
of the ideal maneuver.
A colleague and mentor gave me two
real-world examples where he has used
awareness to great effect during landing
training on the Airbus A330. In the first
example, the pilot was overcontrolling
on final. By simply asking the student to
constantly verbalize how large his sidestick inputs were on a scale of one to 10,
the control inputs quieted down immediately. In this example, the student was,
in effect, asked to pose the awareness
questions to himself.
Along similar lines, and again during
A330 landing training, my colleague had
a pilot who was not maintaining a consistent aim point. He quickly resolved
this issue by having the trainee feeding
back where he was looking as he flew
the next approach. Result? Aim-point
retention.
The quickest way to coach someone
to achieve a new skill is to apply a mental image and awareness. By helping
your trainees use this system every time
they are trying to learn or improve upon
something, you will be amazed at their
progress. FT
PHIL WILKES co-wrote Performance Pilot,

describing "the learning formula" for how
pilots can facilitate their own learning, with
performance coach and ex-IndyCar driver Ross
Bentley.
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