Par Excellence: Pilots in Training (part 1 of 3)

Par Excellence: Pilots in Training (part 1 of 3)

As a share owner in the PlaneSense program you fly with some of the most highly trained and experienced Pilatus PC-12 pilots in the world. This is the first of a three-part article to share how we prepare our pilots.

With our focus on the PC-12, we designed a detailed in-house training syllabus to provide ongoing training to our entire pilot group, as well as initial training to new-hires. All of our training programs have been reviewed and sanctioned by the FAA as well as by the insurance industry. We also make our extensive knowledge of the PC-12 and training available to PC-12 owner/ operators all over the world.

The initial regimen includes three distinct programs: Ground Training, Flight Training, and Emergency Training. The first step is Ground Training, an intensive eight-day course here in Portsmouth, NH. The course is open to a maximum of ten candidates who are required to complete six on-line prerequisites and study the Pilatus aircraft manual in advance of the course. The course itself is team taught so trainees benefit directly from the knowledge and experience of our subject matter experts. Instructors include line Captains, line First Officers, Instructor Pilots, our Chief Pilot, our Director of Safety, and our Director of Training.

Over their eight-day course they get to know company history, First Officer duties and Crew Resource Management; conduct a comprehensive examination of PC-12 aircraft systems and avionics; get substantive hands-on time with the avionics; learn about operational requirements and procedures for aircraft care, winter and summer operations, weight and balance related to aircraft performance, high altitude, and safety; and, thoroughly study FAA rules and regulations.

At the close of Ground Training our First Officer trainees must apply their classroom learning in practical sessions focused on “aircraft avionics,” “aircraft preflight, catering, and care,” and “checklists and call-outs”. This hands-on experience is essential to prepare them for the next phase of training: the Flight Training portion in the PC-12 Flight Training Device.

To be continued…

Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 03 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.
Photo courtesy of Bruce Crocker

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