Jean-Luc Laydevant

Exhibiting at the World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) in booth 411, AXIS Flight Training Systems is speaking up on the importance of continuous innovation in simulator technology to support the pilot training industry through the current flight instructor shortage.

According to Boeing’s most recent pilot outlook, the industry will need 790,000 new pilots to meet demand by 2037, with major and regional airlines stepping up pilot recruitment worldwide. As a result, many flight instructors are quickly accruing the minimum hours required and continuing immediately into airline employment. With some flight instructors now progressing to a pilot position within two years, approved training organisations (ATOs) are suffering from high staff turnover and inconsistent training for cadets.

Speaking at WATS 2019, Jean-Luc Laydevant, managing director, AXIS Simulation Switzerland says: “Flight instructor shortages are worsening while safety regulators are bringing in new training philosophies to improve the competency and experience of graduate pilots. Therefore, flight schools are under immense pressure to train enough pilots to meet demand, whilst ensuring the quality of their programmes remains high. This is a problem reported by AXIS’ customers all over the world.

“It is the responsibility of training companies to help find a solution. Now, more than ever before, full flight simulator manufacturers must offer reliable technology with high ROI and maximum uptime, giving ATOs a tool that will underpin their training programmes and provide consistency for cadets. These tools are ideally suited to the scenario- and competency-based training that underpins the most progressive training philosophies, such as EASA’s focus on ‘Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes’.

“Full flight simulators challenge cadet pilots, placing them in unfamiliar and difficult scenarios, enhancing their decision-making skills, problem-solving ability and level of understanding. As companies like AXIS continue to invest in innovating cutting-edge training devices, flight training will become more effective and efficient – giving flight schools, instructors and students the tools they need to succeed.”

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