Taking a pilot from multi-engine rating to an Airbus or Boeing type rating on jet engines
Once up and flying, a jet aircraft is not that different from propeller airplanes – however, jet pilots do need more training as they require much more precision and accuracy in their execution.
Flying at very high altitudes of 30 000 - 40 000 feet, is often cited as the reason jet pilots need to be more experienced; the air is extremely thin and low air density can disrupt the behaviour of the wing and engines. Some other reasons jet pilots need additional training:
- Higher airspeeds and wing design result in very small changes in attitude producing high vertical velocities
- The task is really compounded during turns in which, except at landing approach speed, it is necessary to bank steeply to produce a usable rate of turn
- Lag in engine acceleration during take-offs
- Power response from a jet engine is not normally linear
- Unlike conventional propeller airplanes, the jet will both climb and accelerate with the nose up at a high angle
A jet pilot needs to know what the landing attitude looks like, where to start to flare, how much to flare and how to get the airplane down to the runway without floating over long distances. For these reasons, it is vital that pilots undergo extensive jet pilot training for an Airbus or Boeing type rating.
Jet pilot training bridges the gap between traditional flight training and industry end requirement through the incorporation of the latest training to enhance the pilot’s skills and prepare them for their career in airline aviation.
A great Jet Pilot Training program takes a candidate from single pilot Commercial Pilot License / Airline Transport Pilot License level and delivers them to a point of readiness to complete an airline operator type rating.
Aspects of an Integrated Jet Pilot Training Course
1. Integrated training program
- Commercial pilot rating integrated EASA footprint
- Frozen ATPL
- SOP familiarisation training
- Line pilot training philosophies
2. Airline Pilot Preparation Program
- Airline jet preparation
- Integrated MCC and CRM in an airline environment
- Advanced Airline SOP’s application
- Loft exposure, RVSM qualification, ETOPS exposure
- Airline Type rating (Boeing or Airbus)
3. Airline Entrance with type rating preparation
- Required completion of type rating
- Base training on aircraft
Transitioning to a jet (turbine) aircraft is something that any competent propeller pilot can do with the proper training. The best way to get ready and build confidence for the transition is to fly your propeller airplane with the greatest precision you can demand of yourself. If you get used to nailing every altitude, heading and course, you are well on your way.