Bridging the Gap

Mathews, Neelam
April 2006
Aviation Week & Space Technology;4/17/2006, Vol. 164 Issue 16, p44
Trade Publication
This article reports that the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Multicrew Pilot License (MPL) training program, is generating a lot of interest. Starting at the ab initio level, MPL makes heavy use of computer simulation to teach piloting skills. ICAO says that MPL can reduce total training time for first officers with glass cockpit operational skills to just 45 weeks from the 18-26 months needed with traditional programs. Boeing Co.'s Alteon Training business unit is among the early service providers developing an MPL training program. However national aviation authorities must endorse the MPL concept before training for first officers can begin. Alteon's approach in Brisbane is to include regulators in the beta test program to assure their acceptance.


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