Two of the fi­nal cour­ses to com­plete be­fore ap­ply­ing for an air­line job are Jet Ori­en­ta­tion and Multi Crew Co­op­er­a­tion. Pi­lot vis­its CRM Avi­a­tion Europe’s White Waltham fa­cil­ity to see how train­ing is de­liv­ered

Pilot - - GO COMMERCIAL - Words & Pho­tos Philip Whiteman

Home to West Lon­don Ae­ro­club, White Waltham has the look and feel of a 1940s aero­drome. How­ever, it is in this bu­colic set­ting that CRM Avi­a­tion Europe of­fers thor­oughly 21st cen­tury pro­fes­sional flight train­ing. Hid­den in a con­verted hangar in one cor­ner of White Waltham’s grassy ex­panse is CRM’S state-of-the-art full EFIS/ glass cock­pit Al­sim ALX sim­u­la­tor.

On this sim and in the well ap­pointed class­rooms along­side CRM holds its Jet Ori­en­ta­tion and Multi Crew Co­op­er­a­tion (MCC) cour­ses. Many Air­lines are now re­quest­ing that prospec­tive em­ploy­ees com­plete a Jet Ori­en­ta­tion Course (JOC) prior to ap­ply­ing. Bridg­ing the gap be­tween fly­ing slower sin­gle-pi­lot pis­ton air­craft and the type rat­ing in a multi-pi­lot tur­bo­fan air­craft, the JOC in­volves four hours in the class­room and four on the sim. The full Easa-ap­proved MCC course is based upon the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures of typ­i­cal air­lines, with check­lists, QRH, flight plans and per­for­mance man­u­als. Three days in the class­room are fol­lowed by five four-hour ses­sions along­side a fel­low stu­dent on the sim­u­la­tor, spread over five days. At the con­clu­sion of the JOC and the MCC a course com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate is is­sued.

Based on generic cock­pit ar­chi­tec­ture, CRM’S ALX is con­fig­ured as a com­plex jet and is fit­ted with a full Air­bus A320 over­head panel and as­so­ci­ated op­er­at­ing sys­tems. It has high qual­ity wrap-around vis­ual graph­ics that cover 210 de­grees of the vis­ual field−suf­fi­cient, we dis­cov­ered, to al­low the pi­lot to look into the turn when op­er­at­ing vis­ually and of­fer a very con­vinc­ing ‘fly­ing’ ex­pe­ri­ence. (There’s no mo­tion sim­u­la­tion−it is not re­quired for, or even use­ful to JOC or MCC teach­ing.)

In fact, as CRM boss Rob Howarth ex­plains, by EASA def­i­ni­tion the MCC course is all about the way the stu­dents in­ter­act in plan­ning, de­ci­sion mak­ing and con­duct­ing generic com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions, and not the tech­ni­cal­i­ties of hav­ing to learn how to op­er­ate a spe­cific air­craft (which is some­thing best left to the multi-crew type rat­ing that will be done on the air­craft/sim­u­la­tors op­er­ated by the em­ployer). Fit­ted with GPWS, a fully func­tion­ing au­topi­lot with LNAV & VNAV, flight di­rec­tor, FMS with twin CDUS and twin Garmin 430s, CRM’S sim of­fers the level of equip­ment to be found in the typ­i­cal jet air­liner with­out over­load­ing stu­dents with a mass of type-spe­cific sys­tems and de­tail.

The sim’s weather dy­nam­ics are ex­tremely re­al­is­tic en­abling the in­struc­tor to cre­ate mul­ti­ple cloud lev­els and types, rain, hail or snow. Night or day op­er­a­tions are of­fered, with vari­able tur­bu­lence lev­els, wind shear and ic­ing. The MCC cov­ers both nor­mal op­er­a­tions, with the in­struc­tor play­ing the part of ground crew, ATCO and even cabin crew (the sim even has a hand­set for the stu­dent pi­lots to make cabin an­nounce­ments), ‘ab­nor­mals’ and emer­gen­cies. Any pos­si­ble fail­ure in a mod­ern jet can be sim­u­lated and CRM has one or two tricks for mak­ing these emer­gen­cies es­pe­cially con­vinc­ing−but we’ll not spoil the sur­prise by giv­ing any­thing away here!

There is no test at the end of the course and there are no pass or fail cri­te­ria. The ma­jor­ity of CRM’S cus­tomers are mod­u­lar trainees and tend to be highly mo­ti­vated, “but we did have one chap who was just go­ing through the mo­tions,” says in­struc­tor Cap­tain Mel Jenk­ins. “Our role is to ed­u­cate them about the im­por­tance of CRM/MCC: he went away and thought about it−and came back and suc­cess­fully ap­plied him­self.”

As well as the MCC and Joc−which can be com­bined in one £2,599 course−crm of­fers Upset Preven­tion and Re­cov­ery Train­ing - Aero­plane (UPRT-A) in its own Slingsby Fire­fly air­craft. Prospec­tive air­line pi­lots should note that by April 2018 this train­ing will be a manda­tory re­quire­ment prior to com­menc­ing a multi-crew type rat­ing. Any UPRT-A com­menced be­fore that date may be given credit un­til 8th April 2019−and prices are likely to go up when EASA ap­provals are granted. With a twin­kle in his eye, Rob urges prospec­tive cus­tomers to book now.

CRM uses this Al­sim ALX sim­u­la­tor to de­liver Jet Ori­en­ta­tion and MCC cour­ses

The Ci­ta­tion II model that adorns CRM’S re­cep­tion area

Below: mak­ing a point with the sim­u­la­tion paused

Top: screen­shot gives an idea of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the sim Above: in­struc­tor Mel di­als up a change in fly­ing con­di­tions

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