AIRLINES CAN AND SHOULD INCORPORATE LOC-I TRAINING NOW IN REACTION TO AF447 FINDINGS RATHER THAN WAIT FOR NEW AVIATION SAFETY RULE

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ARTICLE: Was AF447 enough to cause a reaction by air carriers?

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The headline and some of the text points to possible renewed or remedial pilot training in Loss of Control-In flight (LOC-I) skills, but the primary discussion in the article is about regulatory responses by the FAA, EASA and ICAO.

The FAA’s cost/benefit test is cited as a possible barrier to changing the training requirements because the likelihood of an LOC-I event is so small.

The airlines do not have to wait for a change in FAA or regulatory agency rules to address the LOC-I. The specific curriculum is not restricted to the lessons prescribed by the governmental rules. Any chief pilot and the director of pilot training of an airline must be aware of the findings associated with the AF447 tragedy. It would be appropriate for all air carriers to revise their initial and recurrent training to include specific LOC-I skill set segments.

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