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NBAA Publishes Automated Flight Deck Training Guidelines

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, September 25, 2000 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, titled NBAA Automated Flight Deck Training Guidelines. The document presents the NBAA-recommended minimum training guidelines necessary to satisfy an automated flight deck instructional program. The training objectives are designed for an initial course of instruction (i.e., original aircraft type or transition training) rather than a recurrent training program.

The guidelines are applicable to training programs for aircraft manufactured with a standard integrated avionics system. Thus the avionics training devices, including simulators, replicate the avionics in the aircraft.

The training guidelines do not mandate how advanced flight deck training is to be implemented. Each training provider must determine the most effective and efficient method to meet the objectives presented in this document. Implementation of the guidelines will require a period of transition. NBAA encourages operators and trainers to work together to ensure that crews leave the training centers prepared to fly advanced cockpit aircraft.

The NBAA Automated Flight Deck Training Guidelines were developed by the FMS/Charting Subcommittee of the NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee to address issues identified during their efforts to improve safety. Copies of the document will be available at the following meetings held during the NBAA 53rd Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans:

  • Cleared Direct! Spring 2000 Severe Weather Program Effort, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2000, presented by Jack Kies, FAA Air Traffic Control Command Center

  • Airspace/Air Traffic Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2000

Additionally, copies will be mailed to NBAA Member flight departments shortly after this year’s Convention.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,200 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world's largest display of civil aviation products and services.