The recent COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the aviation industry and has placed numerous pilots in stressful situations. Although the circumstances are undesirable, the sector has historically battled through many crises and has always come out stronger. As international borders will gradually reopen, and aircraft will start flying again, commercial and business pilots need to stay ready and keep honing their skills in preparation for busier times.
With limited or no contact with a cockpit, some pilots may find it challenging to stay proficient. It is, however, possible to maintain and even improve core competencies without flying.
Review your aircraft systems through training manuals and OEM documentation
Continuous improvement/self-assessment - Review your past training event notes and documents – ask yourself what you would like to improve from that event and take steps toward increasing your knowledge in those areas
Practice procedures on a home flight simulator
Depending on your location around the globe, you may have the opportunity to volunteer
Practice situational awareness with air traffic simulators - Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network
Network – join Pilot forums and connect with other Pilots in your situation to exchange about non-technical skills
Further developing technical knowledge and growing an understanding of non-technical skills such as decision making and teamwork will pay dividends as pilots are brought back to full-time schedules or rehired. Numerous pilots find that hard work outside of the cockpit enhances their mental capacity and leaves room to better focus on getting their psycho-motor skills back to standard once they are flying again.
Most of CAE’s instructors have seen challenging times throughout their commercial aviation careers and are here to help pilots refresh and enhance their skills. They can help maintain a pilot’s current qualifications by revalidating or renewing Licence Proficiency Checks or help him/her prepare for selection with potential employers through assessment preparation exercises. Although times are still stressful and uncertain, pilots should seize the opportunity to refresh and improve their skills while staying curious and hungry for what comes next.
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