November 2011 Issue

Fixing Training

Recently, articles by Robert Wright advocate changing the U.S. flight-training system to incorporate scenario-based training, as opposed to maneuver-based training, and instilling “higher order pilot skills” along with “mitigation of risk.” He cites the poor fatal accident rate and places the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of flight instructors he labels “250-300 hour wonders” who are only interested in landing “a lucrative $16,000 a year job in the right seat of a regional airliner.”

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