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21st Century Airline Flight Training

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017
Location: University of New South Wales

Current work in Qantas Flight Training centres on Evidence-Based Training (EBT), use of new technology, adult and blended learning and integrated training. Integrated training is a concept where all training should fit together and not be seen as standalone events. The topic of the talk centres on an integrated approach to airline pilot training, less checking and more training to proficiency. This provides a much better learning environment where pilots will learn more in an environment that encourages learning not Box ticking.

Qantas is challenging the traditional use of simulators, using far more Line Orientated Scenarios (LOS) and exploring 3 hour sessions to enhance learning and a more integrated approach where cognitive aspects of flying must overlay technical competencies. It is of little value to get a pilot to demonstrate a technically proficient instrument approach without cognitive aspects such as startle effect (In aviation, startle effect can be defined as an uncontrollable, automatic reflex that is elicited by exposure to a sudden, intense event that violates a pilot’s expectations) and advanced decision making.

New technologies are also being explored such as Virtual Reality (VR) that compliment simulators and far greater collaboration with Universities has been a main goal of Qantas to push the traditional boundaries of understanding and learning and drive pilot training in new directions in the 21st Century.