SHORTCUT OR FAST TRACK?

In this article, the author discusses the new Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) that is now being considered for approval by the ICAO. Focus is on the MPL’s capacity for lowering costs to train pilots along with the actual experience tested through it. The MPL, which includes 12 takeoffs and landings and 60 hours of flight time, is understood to be a competency-based learning method that should replace acquisition of irrelevant knowledge by the pilots in training. The training scheme consists of four major topics: core flying skills, basic level of competency, intermediate level of competency, and advanced level of competency including proof of competence. This training also covers the relatively new concept of a totalising Threat and Error Management (TEM) segment that covers adverse weather conditions, stressful air traffic control (ATC) activities, airport problems, terrain and traffic awareness, errors in aircraft handling and ground navigation, incorrect aircraft configurations, and technical problems. This article also voices some concerns over the large amount of simulated flight time that this new licensing program uses as opposed to real flying experience.

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    Penton Media

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  • Authors:
    • SUTTON, O
  • Publication Date: 2005-10

Language

  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 51-53
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01007013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:35AM