AT Systems Training Program
Pilots must be trained to understand their skill limits, their bodies natural reactions to SD and how to overcome those false cues. The ATS Device is capable of demonstrating the skill required, stress induced by flying in low visibility/low ceiling and other DVE conditions.
Preservation of life is paramount; the preservation of life also prevents equipment loss. Civil aviation depends on equipment to maintain profitability. Military equipment gives a commander the combat advantage to fight (and win) in any environment. Both groups will benefit from a trained aircrew.
Multiple studies have found traditional simulators are unable to cause SD. One FAA study sited pilots in simulators experience less than 10% of the G load of the actual aircraft. The lack of linear and angular acceleration further limits the effectiveness of simulators to induce SD. This is a perfect example of why an in-aircraft training method isn’t just a nice to have, but a necessity and is key to building a strong safety training culture.
Without potential for SD, pilots build a false confidence in their abilities, creating a sense of invulnerability. This leads to bad decision making before flight, during flight and potentially incorrect responses to a DVE.
IIMC environments are rarely, if ever, trained in aircraft. With fatality rates of over 70% would prove this to be foolish at best but neglecting this training causes a greater loss of life. Dust and snow landings can be trained by taking personnel and equipment into the actual environment. While the loss rates are not as high, the equipment cost for most organizations exceed the training value. These factors push aircrews back to the inadequate simulator training devices.
Through the ATS Device and an effective training program, the pilot will learn:
Decision Making – The ATS Training Program reinforces decision making prior to take off and during the flight. By knowing personal limits, better decisions can be made prior to take off and earlier decisions can be made as conditions deteriorate in flight. The training AT Systems provides to pilots helps them to understand their limits, as well as recognizing when those limits are near exceedance.
Entry – For a pilot who finds them self in the IIMC environment, the ATS Training Program teaches entry into the IMC environment reducing the chance of an unusual attitude condition occurring. This training enhances the chances of surviving the critical first 90 seconds.
Recovery – For a pilot who finds them self spatially disoriented, the ATS Training Program reinforces the critical need to transition to and trust the instruments. Disoriented pilots have traditionally, and statistically, failed to transition to and trust their instruments. With multiple iterations during initial flight training, follow on organizational training and a sustained annual training program the pilot will develop techniques in transitioning to their instruments, learn to trust the indications and their own ability to follow the guidance for a safe recovery.