January 2011 Issue

Training’s Future

Replacing the FITS program means improving and refining its emphasis on enhanced decision making and automation management.

The FAA rightly has taken its lumps on many things, leading to a healthy dose of skepticism among many in the industry whenever the agency tries something new. This is especially true whenever there’s a rulemaking activity affecting general aviation training. I knew this, of course, when I began work as manager of the FAA’s General Aviation and Commercial Division. After a few months in my new job, I began surveying the landscape, which included the Garmin 430 phenomenon (I installed one in my Bonanza, as well as a multifunction display and weather data link) and a visit to Cirrus highlighted the coming "glass cockpit" revolution.

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