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Skills ATP Pilots Must Possess

Skills ATP Pilots Must PossessPilots fly fixed wing aircraft and helicopters to provide air transportation and other services. Flight engineers (second officers) monitor the functioning of aircraft during flight and may assist in flying aircraft. Flying instructors teach flying techniques and procedures to student and licensed pilots. Air pilots, flight engineers and flight instructors are employed by airline and air freight companies, flying schools, the armed forces and by other public and private sector aircraft operators.

To describe what is means to be a good pilot is not an easy task and would require enough material to write a book not a blog. Logically, the most important essential skills a professional pilot must possess can be narrowed down to:

  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
Effective Pilot and Controller Communications

Communications between controllers and pilots can be improved by the mutual understanding of each other’s operating environment. Incorrect or in complete pilot /controller communications is a causal or circumstantial fact or in 80 % of incident s or accidents.
ATP pilot comunications

Pilot Monitoring

Monitoring can be analogous to plate spinning – whilst all the plates are going round evenly a cursory tap keeps them on the stick. However as soon as one starts to wobble and requires more attention than the rest you take your eye off the ball and before you know where you are others are wobbling too and eventually all are on the floor.

The term monitoring actually comes from the Latin root ‘Monere’ to warn and in the context of flight operations it is defined as:

The observation and interpretation of the flight path data, configuration status, automation modes and on-board systems appropriate to the phase of flight. It involves a cognitive comparison against the expected values, modes and procedures. It also includes observation of the other crew member and timely intervention in the event of deviation.

Effective Monitoring Matters

Loss of Control is prioritized as the most important of the significant seven safety issues and the application of effective pilot monitoring is identified as a key safety net in the prevention of and recovery from Loss of Control accidents and incidents. Monitoring is an essential ingredient in achieving synergy with highly automated and complex aircraft systems and effective crew co-ordination.

There have been nine fatal accidents since 2000, attributed to Loss of Control, resulting in the loss of 1128 lives. Crew monitoring is frequently the last line of defense that stands between safe operation and an accident scenario. Why monitoring:

  1. To promote a good understanding amongst the pilot community as to why active monitoring is so important, to appreciate the human frailties that contribute to monitoring lapses and to highlight some strategies that can improve their monitoring skills. The aim is to address the needs of the full range of pilots from Private Pilot License (PPL) through to pilots operating commercial multi crew aircraft.
  2. To place more emphasis on the Training and Assessment of monitoring competencies in terms of developing monitoring procedures, suggested assessment scenarios and additional behavioral markers.
  3. To target the Commercial Air Transport Operators in terms of adopting more prescriptive monitoring procedures, maintaining monitoring focused Flight Data Monitoring/Air Safety Reporting and promoting a monitoring culture within briefing activity. Source
Pilot Importance Skills
  • Operation and Control – Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
ATP Pilot Work Importance Styles
  • Attention to Detail – Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability – Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control – Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance – Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership – Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Source
Professional Pilot Program At Aviator Flight Training Academy

The programs at Aviator Flight School are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation flight training today.

259 Flight Hours
  • Ground School Class Pre& Post Flight Ground
  • Training in a College Campus Atmosphere
  • Single Engine Private Pilot
  • Private Multi-Engine
  • Single-Engine Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Commercial
  • Single Engine Commercial
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
160 hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aircraft for check rides
  • Cross Country flying coast-to-coast
  • No FTDs (Simulators) used towards flight time
  • *CRJ Jet Transition Program
  • Pilot Career Planning & Interviewing Class
  • 6 Months of housing

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