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There are as many ways to teach flying as there are good instructors. And, each of these good instructors has developed special ways to guide students toward becoming safe and competent pilots instead of simply accumulating hours to a minimum standard. Until now it has been too hard to share such personal techniques beyond the local flight line. Your active participation in the International Association of Flight Training Professionals will help to change this.
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BECOME A FULL MEMBER FOR FREE! — Free IAFTP Full Individual Membership (a US$75 value) is extended for 2013 if you submit 5 training practices during January-December 2013.
New Training Practices
Click HERE to see a list of the 25 most recent training practices …
For more general information, visit About IAFTP on the pull-down Menu Bar.
Our Training Article of the Month (Let’s teach pilots basic flight control!) comes from the U.S. but reflects a global need for all pilots to better understand the basics of flight separate from the issue of automation. The author has more than 30,000 flight hours in a wide variety of aircraft and missions.
A Word About Professionalism this month is a companion piece to the Flight Instructor’s Model Code of Conduct. The Student Pilot’s Model Code of Conduct describes some of the values associated with being an exemplary student pilot.
And, our Question of the Month asks What is the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA)? What does it really mean to me as a pilot, especially if I’m not flying in the United States?
The most visited posts last month were:
- What are the benefits and pitfalls of simulator use in primary flight training?
- Effective Briefing and Debriefing Techniques
- Pay-to-Fly programs — a risky business or money maker?
- How do you develop pilot monitoring skills?
- NBAA Recurrent Training Project is Charting New Territory
Click HERE if you would like to see a list of the most recent comments on all discussions and training practices.
European Pilot Selection and Training (EPST), a founding member of IAFTP, has announced that it will offer its flight training organization customers a 20% discount on EPST Selection Services (pilot handling skills testing and/or pilot attitude testing) for all current and future students if they become an IAFTP Corporate Member and implement the IAFTP eCV™ program when it is available. This will be especially attractive for those flight training organizations with more than 125 applicants per year because it will make the cost of the annual IAFTP Corporate Membership plus the opportunity to issue the IAFTP eCV™ to its students essentially free as long as the FTO continues to use EPST Selection Services. Read the entire press release HERE.
The July 16th edition of Aviation Week reports that “FAA Pilot, Aircraft Information At Risk, Watchdog Warns.” The U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) notes that along with putting pilots’ personal information at risk, the deficiencies could hinder accident investigations and pilot security screenings required under the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. IAFTP members are posting responses describing how the IAFTP eCV might help solve this problem. Read the article and post your comments here.
The May issue of Arabian Aerospace features an article about the SAFA eCV program on pp 132-133: “Passport plan to boost pilot security.” It begins with “Every time we enter an aircraft we have an expectation that the pilot is qualified and competent. Unfortunately, in an increasing number of cases, this is simply not the situation.” Read the article HERE.
Three recent papers provide more details about this year’s introduction of the IAFTP eCV. Copies are available here:
- Managing the Pilot Training Process to Help Ensure Pilot Competence
- Introducing unique and highly secure CVs at the Saudi Aviation Flight Academy
- In an increasingly globalised world how can we be sure that a pilot is who he/she says they are?
IAFTP is currently offering the opportunity to purchase a paid-up 10-year membership to a limited number of organizations to ensure their priority participation in our eCV program. This should be especially attractive to those Flight Training Organizations that want to be among the first to issue the IAFTP eCV to their students. Details are on the IAFTP electronicCV (eCV) page.
Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) is the first organization to purchase this special paid-up 10-year membership, indicating their long-term support of IAFTP and its goals.
Additional details about the IAFTP eCV are provided in the recent patent application. Read more HERE.
Training Article of the Month
Let’s teach pilots basic flight control!
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the NTSB issued Five GA Safety Alerts. Their goal — to improve General Aviation Safety. The author believes that the NTSB, just like the FAA, and the numerous other alphabet-named civil organizations promoting safe aviation, are once again stating the obvious considerations for conducting safe flight. This is fine, but it is not clearly defining the continuing cause of accidents and fatalities when experiencing different critical situations. [Read More]
A Word About Professionalism
An Introduction to the Student Pilot’s Model Code of Conduct
Becoming a pilot is an exhilarating and rewarding endeavor. As a newcomer to aviation, each student will be exposed to many new and exciting precepts. This article shares some of the values associated with being an exemplary student pilot as illustrated in the Student Pilot’s Model Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct). It is a companion to the Flight Instructor’s Model Code of Conduct introduced earlier. Read more HERE.
Question of the Month
What is the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA)?
An article in the July 16, 2003 edition of Aviation Week reports that “FAA Pilot, Aircraft Information At Risk, Watchdog Warns.” What does that really mean to me as a pilot, especially if I’m not flying in the United States? Read more HERE.
What would you have done?
August 15. This “interactive” issue of CALLBACK presents one General Aviation and three Air Carrier reports. In “The First Half of the Story” you will find report excerpts describing the event up to a decision point. You may then use your own judgment to determine the possible courses of action and make a decision regarding the best way to resolve the situation.
The selected ASRS reports may not give all the information you want and you may not be experienced in the type of aircraft involved, but each incident should give you a chance to exercise your aviation decision-making skills. In “The Rest of the Story…” you will find the actions actually taken by reporters in response to each situation. Bear in mind that their decisions may not necessarily represent the best course of action. The intent is to stimulate thought, discussion, and training related to the type of incidents that were reported. Read the article HERE.
For previous issues of ASRS CALLBACK, Click HERE
New Training Practices
Click HERE to see a list of the 25 most recent training practices that have been submitted for all training categories with the most recent at the top.
Are you an IAFTP member? If so, visit the Members-Only Training Practices Database to review and rate the training practices that have already been submitted.
For some ideas about how a flight training organization might use the IAFTP Training Practices Database during local instructor training, click HERE.
Lessons From Our Heritage
It is also important for those of us teaching the next generation of pilots to encourage each of them to learn about and remember those who have travelled this same path. Pilots have flown airplanes for more than 100 years in all kinds of environments with far less equipment than is currently listed in today’s typical minimum equipment list. How did they do it? Each month, Dr. John Wise, a visiting professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and widely recognized for his research in aviation human factors, will take us on a journey back to those earlier days of aviation.
This month Dr. Wise provides talks about your respect for the airplanes you fly and the people you fly with –
On 19 August 1944, Ernest Hemmingway published a story in Collier’s magazine entitled “London Fight’s the Robots.” The story described how British fighter pilots were attempting to intercept and destroy the German “Buzz Bombs” heading toward the UK. The story is very interesting, but many pilots have purloined a small set of words from it to describe their favorite aircraft (particularly fighter type aircraft). For example, in most USAF pilot training yearbooks, one can usually find such a quote under a picture of a Northrop T-38. The quote is: “You love a lot of things if you live around them. But here isn’t any woman, and there isn’t any horse, not any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane. And the men who love them are faithful to them even though they leave them for others. Man has only one virginity to lose to fighters, and if it is a lovely airplane he loses it to, there is where his heart will forever be.”
For me the T-38 will always hold that place in my memories: beautiful to look at, wonderful to fly, and now a mental link to good times and great people. Every time I see a T-38 at an airshow, my mind and heart goes back to the days when someone actually paid me to strap that beautiful aircraft on and then go out and scare myself!!
This month I ask you to think about the airplane(s) that hold(s) that place in your heart, and the colleagues you have flown with who shared that experience. And perhaps raise a glass of your favorite drink to those airplanes and aviation colleagues who have contributed to the good memories in your career. Finally, I ask you to remember that when you instruct, not only are you passing along basic skills and knowledge, but you are also contributing to your student’s aviation memories!!
There is a website that provides scans of the actual pages of the story from Collier’s. This link will take you to the first page of the story then you will have to “right arrow” through a bunch of pages to get to the remaining part of the story that begins on page 80.
P.S. My wife has never been a fan of the words “…there isn’t any woman, and there isn’t any horse, not any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane.” ☺
For previous articles, visit Lessons From Our Heritage in the Members Only section.
Why We Fly
Sometimes we get so involved with the “how” of training that we forget the “why.” At some point in each of our lives, flying became a personal passion. Something caused us to say, “I want to do that” and we did. Of course, we were coached along that path by people who were equally passionate about flying.
One opportunity to experience the global bond of the pilot community can be found in a new book published for the benefit of two British charities: Help for Heroes and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Out of the Blue tells the sometimes scary and often funny world of flying in the Royal Air Force – as personally related by some of those who were there. This book appears in print thanks to the generosity of CAE and BAE Systems, and all proceeds will be shared between the two charities.
Each month to help us visually remember Why We Fly, this section features links to some special flying videos sent to IAFTP from around the world.
NEW this month
For links to previous videos, visit Why We Fly in the Members-Only section.
Future Site Plans
Some areas of this site are still under construction which involves frequent updating. While the IAFTP Training Practices Database already facilitates the global sharing of pilot training practices and techniques between aviation training professionals, upcoming services will include a members-only forum to process content to be posted to SKYbrary (the IAFTP Members-Only Best Practices Forum) and the introduction of a special section supporting the pilot’s personal electronic CV. After your visit, if you would like to receive more information about IAFTP, please Contact Us