Training Our Pilots

Apr 10, 2014 | Categories: Aviation Safety

Safety is not just a concern for Moser Aviation, but a hallmark characteristic of the company.  To ensure Safety in the air we send our crews to simulator training on a bi-annual schedule.  Currently we contract with CAE Simuflite, a full motion flight simulation and training company in Dallas, Texas.

Every 6 months each Captain is scheduled for a week long training session in which they are immersed into an environment where they can focus on their assigned aircraft free from conflicts with other aspects of their position with the company.  Their week starts out with 2 days of academics, delivered by a highly experienced instructor pilot covering all technical aspects of the Hawker 400.  These classroom sessions dissect and analyze all systems on the aircraft down to the engineering level with the objective of making sure the crews understand how every switch, valve, sensor or structure work and interact with each other. 

Following the academic sessions the crews are scheduled for a number of recurrent simulator flights in Simuflite’s full motion, Level D simulator.  These two days are split into Cold Weather Operations and Hot Weather Operations.  However, both days are filled with aircraft malfunctions and emergency procedures as well as normal operating procedures.  The cold weather day is spent not only on normal aircraft operating procedures but how those procedures will be effected by De-Ice Fluid, Icy Runways and other effects unique to cold weather.  The Hot weather days do much the same but focus on Aircraft Performance data and max performing the aircraft.  As temperatures increase the resultant performance factors, such as climb gradients and maximum takeoff weights, are decreased.

The last day of training is reserved for an oral evaluation and simulator evaluation session with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Check Airman.  Also known as a “Check Ride”, this is where each pilot is evaluated against set standards from the FAA and is given a grade on every performance maneuver in the airplane.  The records of these evaluations become a permanent part of the Pilot’s Training Record and are required to be filed and maintained by the company.

After a week at the simulator our crews come back to the line proficient and confident in operating the Hawker 400XP, not only in normal situations but emergent ones as well.  While at the simulator, the pilots are put through numerous aircraft malfunction scenarios to test the aircraft knowledge of the crew and to give them confidence on the rare occasion a system malfunctions in flight.  These scenarios are evaluated in all weather conditions and the crew is evaluated based on their ability to work together as a crew to safely and efficiently operate the aircraft.