When Air Force pilots are in a pinch, a gimlet eye for the skies
The last thing Air Force aviation instructors need is to be on the losing end of an aviation disaster.
For the Air Force’s aviation instructor, the stakes are high: to keep their job and earn a living.
For decades, there has been an aviation training curriculum that has taught pilots to fly a plane.
But there have been concerns that the curriculum could become a breeding ground for some of the world’s most dangerous aviators.
This week, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Curtis Scaparrotti unveiled a new, much-anticipated curriculum that is expected to be introduced to all military pilots by the end of the year.
The new Air Force Aviation Course (AAC) for pilots will focus on “the importance of learning to fly the aircraft, how to maintain control of an aircraft, and the responsibilities of a flight crew member”, according to the Air Combat Command.
It will include the fundamentals of aircraft operation and the “signal, warning and communications” aspects of flight.
It’s expected to include lessons in air traffic control, navigational skills and navigation of the aircraft.
The AC, called the Air Forces Flight Manual (AFFMS), was introduced in April 2017.
Its aim is to provide pilots with the skills and knowledge they need to fly their aircraft safely and efficiently.
In July, the Airman’s Manual (AMM) was introduced to replace the AirForce’s Aviation Course.
This is the “pre-flight” course for pilots to ensure they know what they are doing and what they should be doing before the flight.
It is similar to the AMM but for pilots.
For example, pilots will learn about their own flight experience, the flight path of the plane, and how to prepare for the flight and the landing.
Another important component of the new course is the training they receive at their local Airman Training Center (ATC) or flight school.
“There is no better way to develop and maintain safe and responsible pilots than through a comprehensive training program that addresses all aspects of the job, including flight, training, and performance,” Scaparotti said in a statement.
Air Force ACs are now scheduled to be taught at the ATC or Flight School for the first time.
This year, the AAF has also announced it will be opening up an airfield to the general aviation community in the form of the newly-opened Airman Aviation Center (AAAC).
The AAAC will be located in the nearby city of San Antonio, and will be the only training facility for AAF pilots, according to Scapara.
AAPC pilot instructors will be able to teach at the newly opened facility, according the statement.