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The ‘Flight Familiarisation’ module was added to Global ATS’ Basic Training Course (BTC) from 2013. With final refinements completed, Adam Mullins Global’s Chief Instructor is enthusiastic about the team’s latest development:

“This new addition provides students with a fantastic opportunity to see what happens from the pilot’s perspective whilst also allowing students to see how ATC instructions make a difference to the pilots”, explains Mullins.

Andy Cameron, Director of College courses reports that the latest module has been of great value to students and employers: The BTC is European Common Core Content and UK CAA compliant. The introduction of Eurocontrol’s Part Task Trainer helps to provide more practical training and the addition of the real flight familiarisation module, enables our students to be involved in ‘real-life’ situations and to relate classroom subjects to ‘real life’ experiences.

The key benefits of the module include:

  • Practical appreciation of the cockpit working environment and the workload associated with critical phases of flight
  • Practical appreciation of aircrew considerations in an emergency or unusual circumstances
  • Consideration of hazards encountered in flight and on the ground
  • Familiarisation in the concept of Threat and Error management
  • Practical application of Nav lessons on the BTC and consideration of how easy it is for a pilot to get lost
  • Practical application of the dangers of overuse of aircraft GPS with regard to Controlled Airspace infringements
  • Practical application of Met lessons on the BTC from the point of view of the pilot and associated hazards
  • The opportunity to see non-radar precision/non-precision instrument approach being flown manually with no autopilot input.
  • The opportunity to see a PAR/SRA being flown from inside the aircraft and relate this to controller responsibilities/considerations
  • Familiarity with the airborne environment
  • Practical appreciation on the difficulties associated with lookout and operating in different classes of airspace
  • Practical demo of the D&D cell auto triangulation feature and practice emergency handling on 121.5 MHz
  • Appreciation of the difference of how 1 nm appears to a controller versus what 1 nm looks like in the air
  • Aircraft instrument appreciation and operation
  • Flight planning considerations from a pilot’s perspective

For more information please call Andy Cameron on +44 (0) 1452 715 630 or