Why we introduced a simulator into our ATPL theory classroom
You may have thought you had misread the title but we listened to the airlines and the students and decided to put a Faros Airbus 320 touch screen procedural trainer in the ATPL classroom.
You wouldn’t normally expect to start training on this device until you begin your type rating course at an airline, or if you are lucky as part of your APS MCC course right at the end of your flight training.
Feedback from the airlines and students has always been that learning about operating a passenger jet whilst in a classroom makes it hard to put things into their real-life context, you learn about things but aside from videos and 3D models you don’t normally get to try things out for yourself. We wanted to change that!
Here is a very small list of some of the things we can explain better:
Meteorology & Instrumentation – possible windshear alerts, weather radar, all onboard instrumentation and symbology on Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigational Display ND, automation
Communications – frequency inputs, ranges (both, on the display and DOCs)
Human Performance & Limitations – communication on the flight deck (smoke, not looking towards one another etc), automation/manual control
General Navigation – Great Circle routes
Flight Planning – Minimum Safe Altitudes, normal routes
Mass & Balance – All the different weights can be shown and how adding/subtracting/moving masses affect the centre of gravity
Performance – How acceleration and climb can be affected by different masses
Aircraft General Knowledge – Systems including hydraulics, engine parameters and engine instrumentation, Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitoring system (ECAM) and how it works
Radio Navigation – How the Airbus uses its navigation database to set the frequencies of the navaids nearby, how it auto idents and displays.
This also helps with the new subject Knowledge, Skills and Attitude subject code 100 (KSA100) which seeks to measure your competency of various knowledge, skills and attitudes through evidence rather than exam-based training. This is not to say that you won’t get to play with Lego too.
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