Crew Training is a complex issue as well as a general requirement of all
airline regulations. Where, when, and how that training is accomplished
can be either a minor inconvenience for crew schedulers, or waste of
considerable time and money for the airline, complete with lost revenues due to
the airline's inability to meet its scheduled flying.
Further, in the airline's start-up stage, the airline might not have a
sufficient base of instructors on staff, or on hand to cover the training needs
of the airline. In this regard, the airline is typically faced with one of
two options - do training "in house" with its own instructors, or go the "142
School" route and utilize an FAA approved training facility for all its training
Wing It Aviation has on staff a number of FAR 142 approved instructors,
proficient in both classroom and simulator instruction.
Accordingly, Wing It Aviation can assist the airline management staff,
specifically the Director of Operations, Chief Pilot, and Director (or Manager)
of Training in any decisions regarding crew training, and help develop a
comprehensive and "workable" plan for performing that task.
Wing It Aviation has a good working relationship with several simulator
providers in the MIA (Miami) area, and can generally get discounted prices on
both classrooms and simulators.
Wing It Aviation also has a good working relationship with several TCE's
(Training Center Examiners - who are authorized to issue aircraft type ratings
and conduct proficiency checks).
Additionally, Wing It Aviation has a good relationship with quality hotels
located in the MIA area. Getting crews set up in the appropriate hotel,
and close to the training facility to be used is a logistical necessity.
|Since Wing It Aviation's staff can effectively take over any airline
training department or develop one from scratch, they are in the unique
position to be able to assess the actual training needs of the airline, and
then offer viable solutions based on considerable experience in this area.
|It has been our experience that, more often than not, crew training is
accomplished out of individual desire as opposed to actual need. Typically, airline
training staff want to prove to airline management and their superiors that they are capable
instructors, and being such they will be rewarded by management for their
efforts by being "allowed" to fly the line. While this form of
enthusiasm should be appreciated, if allowed to direct training efforts it
most assuredly can be counter productive. Wing It Aviation staff do not have
an ulterior motive in this regard and merely want to see the airline's
training needs met in the most effective and expeditious way.|
|Wing It Aviation's staff can assist the airline in the development of
their own training department, or they can evaluate and assess the training offered by
a given FAR 142 approved training facility. Although a training facility
may be approved by the FAA, that approval does not necessarily mean the
training offered is sufficient for the airline. Typically the airline
has one set of manuals and procedures and the training has another. The
instructors employed by the training facility are only required to be
proficient in the manuals and procedures approved for the training facility
and not an airline coming in for training. This presents a dilemma.
Wing it Aviation staff can bridge the difference in this regard, and through
audit and counseling ensure that instructors provided by the training facility
are doing it the airline's way as opposed to doing it the training center's
way. If the airline is not careful, a captain new to the particular
aircraft operated by the company and requiring a type rating might be forced
to go through ground school two times - once for the training center to obtain
the type rating, and a second time for the airline. Since initial ground
schools usually require 120 hours of systems, plus 10 to 20 hours of simulator
training and a check ride, this duplicity can be a considerable waste of time
and money! |
|Contracting with Wing It Aviation to consult on the airline's training
needs makes good sense and can save the airline a lot of time, effort, and