New in 2017

Padpilot NextGen

We are very excited to have been able to develop a new gamification system of Teaching and Learning Cores, which will bring greater clarity and ease to the learning and understanding of some visual elements of the ATPL syllabus. Each new Learning Core will be a discrete app, available initially on the iPad, and will present knowledge and learning as a 3-dimensional ‘game’ with stunning augmented reality graphics. Rather than being constrained by the rigid linear path of reading pages of text, students can learn the subject freely.

By itself, the Learning Core is capable of potentially replacing the reading requirement for one or several chapters of a Padpilot iBook and will address a part, or sub part, of the ATPL syllabus. The student explores and investigates the core until he or she is satisfied that the topic is understood. At which point their knowledge is tested, either within the game or externally via the existing iMRS.

Complementing this system will be Teaching Cores, based on the same technology, available for in-class instruction. Highly detailed 3D models will illustrate and explain complex aviation technologies without the need for extensive text descriptions. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a 3D model that can be fully manipulated can avoid entire chapters, or dozens of traditional classroom slides.

Importantly, these cores are ‘holo-ready’ which means that when holographic technology matures sufficiently, the cores can be quickly updated to drive stunning holographic displays of 3D models up to life-size and beyond!

The first core, a Teaching Core for gas turbine engines is now available to download from the Apple App store. It features a Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine with detail right down to the level of moving inlet guide vanes. With no screen clutter to distract the student, the instructor can move the model, zoom in, zoom out and hide or show all the major parts of the engine while describing each part’s function.

The gas turbine Learning Core for students will be released by the end of January 2017. Learning Cores feature the same 3D functionality, but with the added bonus of extensive labelling, video sequences and links back to the relevant iBook chapters. With these additional features, students can self-study ATPL topics with greater ease and autonomy.

EASA 2020 Syllabus

Padpilot is well prepared for the proposed 2020 change to the new EASA TK syllabus and you can be assured that our iBooks will be up to date with the changes. In most cases, the new Learning Objectives are already addressed in the existing material as we had already identified the gaps in the training requirement. For the most part all that remains is to re-order content between subjects to match the new syllabus. Very shortly after EASA confirms the new syllabus we will circulate private copies of the new iBooks to our partner ATOs for comments and suggestions. We aim to be the first supplier to offer the finalised new syllabus and structure.

Automation Concepts Course

As part of the 2020 syllabus, EASA has announced its intention to bring in the KSA ‘Area 100’ knowledge requirement. For the past 2 years we’ve been working on a similar project that gives students first hand experience of automation management in the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The Automation Concepts Course is designed to address a deficiency in the current pilot training pathway. At the moment students have either little or no time to learn and understand the conceptual framework underpinning modern automation systems. For example, how the FMS CDU relates to the FMS and how this in turn relates to the Mode Control Panel and FMA. The new course teaches this framework and is complemented by practical hardware-based sessions in which the student learns how to initialise an FMS using an operational flight plan and how, in the process, to defend against errors using gross error checking techniques.

By the end of Q1 2017 our partner ATOs will be able to licence either the entire course to provide as a ‘Post ATPL, pre MCC’ offering, or components of it to fulfill the KSA Area 100 requirement.

I look forward to bringing you more developments as the year progresses. If you would like more details about any of the above, please contact our Director of New Partnerships and Client Care, Cristina Messaggi.