Collegiate Flight Education Using the Cockpit Evolutionary Model

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Michael Gaffney


The art of teaching students to fly safely has continued to evolve for over a century. The training community has had to adapt their teaching techniques and methodologies to keep up with changes in aircraft powerplant, airframe, and avionics installed on the aircraft and simulators used for training. The last 20 years have brought about a blistering pace of innovations, especially in the area of avionics and the use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). Flight training professionals have had to keep up without a corresponding pace of training technique revolution to serve that growth. This article will discuss the “cockpit evolutionary” training methodology used by [submitter university] and details the process of changing the training platform designs of the past to one that will most benefit students as they transition to professional pilot employment.

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