CAP158. Pilot Training Review

This final report with recommendations and conclusions to the CAA by their consultants makes stimulating reading for anyone involved in flying training. Straws in the wind include: 

The pilot training community and the CAA should explore ways to enhance and strengthen the instructor role for all stages of training, giving consideration to training and qualification requirements, job design tools and support, career management and reward; (P4. Item 6.)

The pilot training community should focus on making pilot training ‘smarter’ so that greatest benefits can be gained from the training time currently available.

This could include ensuring that training time is spent on completely relevant and necessary content; using of specific training techniques and lower cost training tools; introducing challenging topics earlier in training; and the use of mentoring, coaching and peer support. (P4. Item 8)

The advantages of simulation are widely recognised and exploited but, with minimal training footprints, time for training and practice are limited. Lower-fidelity devices could be utilised, however, resources to invest in alternative technologies are limited; also there would need to be more flexibly in the regulation around use of flight training devices; (P 31).

A significant challenge and concern is the increasing demand for pilots and the reducing supply, and how to manage this without reducing quality and safety standards.  

There is a perception that standards vary across training establishments with the EASA region and that there is no longer any central control for this from the CAA or ability to check up on training history. Military organisations face similar challenges with numbers but they have very strong selection and performance management mechanisms to manage standards, which other organisations may not be able to sustain; (P 31)

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