Aircraft Automation

Whilst some trainee pilots are fortunate enough to train on modern aircraft having glass cockpit technology and autopilots, most potential airline pilots undergo their PPL, CPL and IR training on older aircraft with analogue cockpit displays and little, if any, levels of automation.

Similarly, some Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) courses, a mandatory pre-requisite of a first Type Rating, offer little instruction in the use of automated cockpit systems, the primary purpose of the course being to teach communication and coordination and train pilots to work together as part of a multi-member flight crew.

Provides a basic understanding of the automatic flight control systems employed in modern airliners

Automation Diagram

It has been recognized that many new pilots attending their first Type Rating (TR) course are often overwhelmed by the level of knowledge required to operate in an automated cockpit environment, when their only prior exposure to complex automatic flight control systems has often been through a printed training manual, occasionally a video.

Padpilot has designed a short, 4-5 day course, designed to give trainee airline pilots a basic understanding of the automatic flight control systems employed in modern airliners, such that they can program a flight plan and follow and understand the systems involved during take-off, climb, cruise, descent, approach and landing.

The Padpilot Aircraft Automation course is not examined nor is it designed to replace Type Rating or MCC training. Rather, the intention is to provide pre-MCC/TR course supplemental education, and give the student pilot an insight into the world of aircraft automation, such that he or she is not intimidated with grasping the basics, thus allowing them to concentrate on the principles of the MCC course, skills that can then be carried forward on to the TR course.