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Published on August 3rd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Resilient Pilot Provides Skills Refresher Days For Type-Rated Pilots

Resilient Pilot, the not-for-profit organisation created to help keep pilots and cabin crew supported, current and connected, has announced the latest phase of their Resilient Pilot performance programme. The team will be hosting regular face-to-face skills refresher days for type-rated pilots to be delivered in conjunction with Resilient Pilot ATO partners – Skyborne Airline Academy in Cheltenham and Leading Edge Aviation Academy in Oxford.

New to Resilient Pilot’s 360˚ continuous professional development portfolio, the Skills Refresher Days provide an opportunity for type-rated pilots to prepare for an upcoming Licence Proficiency Check (LPC) or simply refresh their handling skills.  Consisting of a half-day technical and half-day non-technical refresher, these one-day ‘boot camps’ will be run by experienced Resilient Pilot TRI/TRE/SFI/SFEs and CRMT mentors.

The technical module involves time in a B737 MAX FTD-1 (Skyborne) or A320 FTD-1 (Leading Edge Aviation) Fixed Base Simulator: One hour will be spent as Pilot Flying (PF), the second hour as Pilot Monitoring (PM). The aim of the session is to establish the pilot’s readiness to complete an upcoming LPC or refresh handling skills. The flying exercises will include general handling, TCAS, OEI manually flown 3D App, GA, Landing and EFATO. Resilient Pilot’s instructors can work to whichever SOPs the pilot is familiar with, and these sessions will operate under a non-jeopardy policy to help build confidence, competence and resilience.

A post sim wash-up will allow the participants and instructor to discuss the level of competence observed, and guidance can be given on whether further training is advisable prior to completing an expensive LPC if this was the session goal. Resilient Pilot can also assist in arranging an LPC and there is the potential for DWP funding for eligible pilots.

The non-tech module in the classroom will focus upon skills that have been identified by regulators around the world to be at risk due to lack of operational exposure. The session goal is to help pilots better prepare for those startle/surprise events in a post pandemic world of aviation.

Upon completion of the full day, Pilots will receive a certificate of attendance to present at future employment opportunities as a record of their commitment to continued professional development despite being non-operational.

Commencing in August 2021, there will be regular weekday and weekend dates available at each of the two UK locations; and Resilient Pilot plans to introduce additional locations within and outside of the UK in response to demand. The team has worked hard to secure best value rates for pilots hit by the pandemic to maintain their skills whilst not operational, and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) funding may be available for eligible pilots to access for a Skills Refresher Day and LPC package. Furthermore, subscribers to the recently launched Resilient Crew Room Plus membership benefit from discounts on all Resilient Pilot skills refresher days and licensing solutions.

Karen Bath, CEO of Resilient Pilot said “Resilient Pilot’s core activity continues to be the provision of free mentoring, coaching and resources for pilots and cabin crew around the world. Through our mentoring relationships we have learned that crew are keen to keep refreshing their technical and non-technical skills; both for their own wellbeing and in preparation for a return to the skies when employment opportunities return. We were keen to facilitate a solution for this need but keep fees as ‘pilot friendly’ as possible, whilst ensuring that crews have access to experienced instructors and high-quality devices to provide the best value for money. We are grateful for the support offered through Skyborne and Leading Edge and will aim to add further types and locations both within and outside of the UK in response to demand.”

The NOTECHS Workshops were introduced in July 2021 to complement the established monthly, virtual technical workshops that Resilient Pilot hosts, these monthly, non-technical skills workshops will provide an opportunity for non-operational pilots and cabin crew from around the world and various operational backgrounds to work together virtually to refresh and maintain key CRM skills for effective human performance. The workshops will reflect the CRM refresher requirements contained in UK CAA Standards Doc 29 and EASA ORO FC.115

Facilitated by Resilient Pilot and Resilient Crew mentor CRMTs, participants will review relevant case studies, explore a holistic approach to wellbeing and foster creative thinking to learn lessons by applying CRM principles to help better prepare for getting airborne. For more information visit resilientpilot.com or email rpflightplan@resilientpilot.com

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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