Bhanu Choudhrie explains that the world population is growing at a rate never seen before, and the economic demands of globalization are placing unprecedented demands on our existing infrastructure. The proliferation of the internet and modern transportation means more people travel more frequently and longer distances. This additional traffic is stretching airlines’ service time and contributing to delays. The result is that air travel demand is overgrowing, that airlines are expected to carry 3.7 billion passengers by 2037. Despite the increased traffic, the infrastructure for modern flight training has not been fundamentally changed since the 1940s, said Bhanu Choudhrie.
Innovation in Pilot Training
Getting pilots to spend more time training simulators is key to reducing the time it takes to get certified and complete their training. To achieve this, pilots typically do multiple flights during their initial training sessions to earn experience. This shortens the time needed for training but increases the cost. Alpha Aviation Group realized that simulators are, in fact, the best way for pilots to get experience and quickly learn new skills, but they have a detrimental effect on the time for training. They adapted the approach of senior pilots and trained junior pilots to complete the same number of simulated training flights. Instead of following the practices used by flight schools, Alpha Aviation Group split the training program in half and trained both the junior and senior cadets, added Bhanu Choudhrie.
What AAG’s Digital-First, Simulator-Driven Approach Entails
Most pilot training in the U.S. takes place in flight simulators using programs developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These programs are based on historically ingrained behavioral patterns. They were created to allow pilots to operate a plane effectively during short training periods, and they are not suited to training pilots for longer, commercial flights. The simulations have no navigational aids, GPS, or in-flight communications capabilities. This means the simulator needs to be replaced with a new version every few years, which consumes huge money. Bhanu Choudhrie: AAG and other training providers are proposing to update a computer-based system every year to match the airplanes that are flying today.
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