PILOT TRAINING ARTICLE



Pilots, Are You As Prepared As You Should Be?



Preparing Civilian Pilots
By: Paul W. Comtois, Colonel (RET.)
 
Training for corporate and commercial pilots is largely confined to the normal maneuvering of an aircraft, or the “normal flight envelope.” Pilots train in Level-D simulators, which cannot replicate stress factors present in typical Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) events. Pilots are not exposed to the variables they could face during an aircraft upset, such as elevated G-forces and spatial disorientation.
 
The results is simple: The lack of “stress” in training leads to confusion and inappropriate responses during extreme flight conditions. In other words, pilots are not as prepared as they should be.
 
The Advanced Pilot Training programs at ETC offer a better way to train. Using a distinct set of simulators and a targeted curriculum, our Advanced Pilot Training programs prepare pilots for upset events and extreme conditions.
 
Proper training for Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) requires pilots experience “assaults” on the human system. This means they need to train on the right kind of flight simulator. Our continuous-G devices enable pilots to train for upsets in an elevated stress environment. Our spatial disorientation trainers expose pilots to visual and vestibular illusions. Our altitude chambers train pilots for hypoxia and Effective Performance Time (EPT), among other challenges.
 
A little training can go a long way. Exercises in the simulator can leave a powerful and valuable impression.



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