Dr. Weener of NTSB urges more demanding Pilot Training and FAA is about to issue a new Rule; there is no Good Reason for Airlines to Wait

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Crash investigator urges stall training for pilots

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At aviation’s most prestigious safety events, the Flight Safety’s International Air Safety Summit, one of the NTSB’s highly qualified Members , Earl Weener, urged that pilots be required to be trained to deal with stall situations. Dr. Weener, whose prior experience included 24 years with Boeing,  and is recognized as an expert on such issues , said:

“The question in my mind is why did the crew continue to pull back on the elevator all the way to the ground.”

His comments cited a number of NTSB accident cases in which pilots appeared to fail to respond appropriately when they encountered unusual, severe moments in flight and had to retake control from the computer. He suggested that the pilot-in-command may have problems transitioning from passive to active status in such unexpected situations.

The article notes that FAA Administrator indicated that a new rule mandating higher pilot training standards is expected to be issued soon.

Carriers can and should revise their existing training syllabuses to include such abnormal situations; there is no good reason to wait for the FAA’s final issuance of a regulation.

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