Air Transport World

On the CBT bandwagon. (computer-based training of air pilots) (includes related article about flight attendant training)

Computer-based training has come of Cage. As the accompanying tables illustrate, the list of airlines using CBT has grown over the past few years from a few pioneers to encompass most of the major U.S. and int'l carriers.

Helping to shove airlines, sometimes unwillingly, into the heavy investment involved in CBT was Airbus Industrie's decision to offer no other training medium for the A320. But because a computer screen is such an ideal conduit for teaching die intricacies of flying and maintaining glass-cockpit airplanes, carriers and manufacturers are embracing CBT for just about all new aircraft types. Easing the shift is availability of off-the-shelf courseware from vendors TRO and Wicat.

There are other benefits. "Numerous studies have shown that with interactive training products such as CBT, you learn faster, learn more and retain it longer," says TRO chief William Roach, who purchased Control Data's pioneering Plato CBT division at die end of 1989 and notes that all the courseware his firm sells now has been developed since that date. Adds Rohit Patel, who heads Wicat's aviation division: "The main impact of CBT has been to better prepare the pilot to enter the simulator, so that those sessions are more productive. This fits wen with the financial pressures on training departments to cut costs, reduce staffs but train more people for more complex aircraft."

Of the 72 airlines responding to ATW's special survey on training, 41 are using some form of CBT. …

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