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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Automation Challenges

DC-9 copilot attempting to check out in 
a 'glass cockpit' Boeing 737...

 “Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV.”  


 From the thoughts of Captain Jim Wright:

"The challenge we are facing in the maritime industry is that older pilots who learned their profession in the “looking out the window” era often find it difficult to use ECDIS to best advantage.  At the same time, younger pilots who grew up in the hi-tech era find it difficult to use the skills connected with “traditional ship handling”.   

At PMI (Pacific Maritime Institute) we’re becoming of the opinion that using older retired pilots to facilitate traditional shiphandling exercises (Level 1 & 2) together with younger pilots facilitating hi-tech pilotage exercises (Level 2 & 3) may produce the best results. 

Does the airline industry use a combination of pilot instructors with considerable hand-flying experience together with pilot instructors having considerable automation skills to realize the most effective training regimen?  
Alternatively, are there sufficient pilot instructors with both considerable hand-flying and automation skills to produce effective training results? If we can get this program going at PMI we might be able to do some “result comparison”....

A Great Question... 
Do Airlines Have Instructors with 
Exceptional Hand Flying Skills
That can integrate those skills with automation?

What about your airline?

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

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