HeliVane Posted October 1, 2013 Report Share Posted October 1, 2013 There's a new guard of CFI's coming to aviation training. Soon there will be a whole new idea in the progressive movement of how we teach the most advanced career fields on the planet. The FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) group has started training particular schools in the future of aviation training: SCENARIO BASED TRAINING (SBT) This might seem long-winded, but those who get on board early, will reap the inevitable rewards. I had the opportunity this last weekend to personally take part in a scenario based training conference through Leading Edge Aviation helicopter school in Bend OR. I was immediately surprised to see how much I still don't know. At least according to our FAA leadership, namely the FAAST team representative Mike Franz who's name I'm increasingly becoming more familiar with, and respecting. (See Advisory Circular 61-140 to further your autorotation skills. Anybody saving lives by education earns my respect.) I learned more than I thought I would! I walked in there knowing everything that the Helicopter Flying Handbook had to say about SBT. And everything the Aviation Instructor's Handbook had to say about SBT. I even knew everything that the older Rotorcraft Flying Handbook and the test prep books had in them about it. I had been informally educating pilots in training using SBT, using the knowledge I possessed, and have been very successful with it thus far. My pilots in training are passing check rides with a very high percentage, and I felt that I couldn't do a whole lot better. What Mike Franz taught me though went above and beyond what I thought was acceptable in terms of SBT. Our school had been informally preaching SBT for months, we had created a vast library of CFI generated scenarios that would have helped our pilots in training get a "real world" experience while doing their tried and true training that has been around for half of a century. Here's a couple terms that we all recognize and probably use daily:-Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM)-Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)-Aeronautical Decision Making- (ADM) Here's a couple of new terms that are now branded onto my brain, and soon will be burned into yours: -Facilitator/Instructor (F/I)-Pilot in Training (PT)-Learner Centered Grading (LCG) The first three are emphasis items and common terms used by all facilitator/instructors and pilots in training throughout our education. The latter three were introduced to me this last weekend and I've been watching as my fellow facilitator/instructors and pilots in training who attended Mr. Franz conference assimilate the new terminology into their everyday conversations. You'll notice my vocabulary has dumped the student tag and replaced it with Pilot in Training (PT). It's been made clear to us that the student title has lost its appeal, and can even be construed as derogatory. Especially considering the level of skill and enormous amount of training we go through, as well as the level of responsibility we accept as Pilots in Command which is so much more deserving than that of a subordinate role of student. As Mike expressed in the conference, many of the people who become pilots have also raised their level of achievement in their lives before becoming pilots and despise the idea of being retro-graded back to student. And I've also replaced Instructor with Facilitator/Instructor (F/I). Its our role now to wear two hats, which we should have been doing all along. The pilot in training (PT) should be taking on the PIC mentality immediately in their training, where we as Facilitator should be predominantly guiding and instructing when needed, and not wholly instructing the PT. So now we are both facilitator and instructor. This all leads to the third term, that Learner Centered Grading would be the result. Ideally the pilot in training would create a PIC mentality early in their training, to include the pre-flight briefings, the flights from start to finish, and even include their own interpretation of critiquing their performance. The idea that the PT is guiding their training, hopefully begging to get ahold of the Cyclic and Collective (wiggling the sticks as Mike jokingly referred to it) as soon as possible and kicking the F/I out of the cockpit as soon as possible for some solo time! Ownership of their training is huge in truly understanding aviation. I've been handing my students the keys to the helicopter as soon as possible and watched them all thrive. Here's a little piece of advice, based on my progressive stance on this planet: Welcome the newest ideas, newest technologies, newest theories. Nobody wants to go back to tube-style televisions. Nobody likes flip-phones. Nobody wants a 1998 Honda Civic (I would know). If I can teach my students using the newest cognitive/psychomotor skills available, you better believe I'm going to. Scenario Based Training is the future in aviation training. I'm all-in on a hunch that Mr. Franz and the FITS team is onto something big, something important. I've been told that writing this may elicit criticism from the old guard who believe that the current model of training is perfectly acceptable. That's probably true. It is acceptable. Its acceptable like Velcro shoes. They cover your feet. They're easy to strap into. They're similarly comfortable. But they're also worn by the oldest people on the planet, and the youngest people on the planet. Why? Because its acceptable for people who drool and get lost easily to wear them. Professional men and women don't wear Velcro. We want the good stuff. Give me the good stuff. In summary, get on board, Scenario Based Training is coming your way. Those who miss the ride will be watching the rest of us school you kids in the field. Earlier, faster and with deeper knowledge. This stuff works. I've gathered a list of the Helicopter schools who are currently on board with SBT, trained and certified. Its very short. -If you are reading this while thinking of becoming a pilot, look to this short list and enroll with them.-If you are a Facilitator/Instructor (CFI) already, send them your resume.-If you own a flight school, contact Mike Franz with the info I've compiled at the bottom of the page. Or me, I'll get you in touch with him. "Heads up, mind right everybody!" Aaron Vane- CFII Leading Edge Aviation:Bend, Oregonwww.flybend.com Colorado HeliOps:Broomfield, Coloradowww.coloradoheliops.com Suncrest Aviation:Grand Junction, Colorado and Spanish Fork, Utahwww.suncrestaviation.com Elite Flight Training and Management:Las Vegas, Nevada To reach Mike Franz and see his ridiculous list of accomplishments and credentials, visit www.modernflighttraining.com 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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