First Officer Airline Turbine Transition


Confessions of a 1st Officer

Timing is everything and the airline pilot shortage is here as predicted. The FAA has changed the rules with increased training and time requirements. Why you ask? Because of accidents and most of all to keep up with the technology. The question remains are you the aspiring airline pilot up to the task? The major airlines as well as regional expectations of knowledge and professional flying skills are high and are reflected in the wash out rate when it comes to training and check rides.

The average GA pilot or instructor hasn’t had the opportunity to learn how to be a 1st officer or perform as a crewmember before taking the big step in to the professional world of 2 man cockpit. Additionally pilots need more background on advanced systems and automation knowledge before attending ground school. Having gone through aircraft type specific training myself, it’s like drinking from a fire hose to keep up with the fast pace and time restraints between ground school and simulator training secessions, that take place on the back side of the clock. A new hire must become educated on what to expect, what and how to study as well as how to be a 1st officer.

Professional airline as with corporate flight training is FAA approved and teaches a very structured curriculum with time restraints. Instructors are the key to successful efficient training. However that being said no training center will take the time nor has the time to do IFR refresher training. All airline applicants must be IFR proficient especially with advanced instrument scan and CRM procedures to say the least. Next comes the ability to master the simulator. Many GA pilot’s have not taken the time and do not realize the advantages of simulator based training.

In fact many pilots resist flying and training in simulators. It is a fact that all airlines and corporate flight departments use simulators extensively for all there type specific training because of how efficient and cost effective simulators are. Simulators represent the modern way to train. Accept them they are your friend and best teacher even though sometimes they frustrate even some of the best aviators. Just remember it’s much better to make mistakes in the simulator then in the airplane.

Simulators are best used as procedural and system trainers. Again it’s the instructor that makes the experience. Simulators are great for learning and practicing CRM cockpit resource management skills. Since the airlines and part 142 simulator based schools do not teach a new pilot how to assume the role of 1st officer where and how does one get the training? That’s where our company Flight West airline training center has the solution. We are specialist in helping the airline or corporate pilot transition to the professional world of a 2 man cockpit and the crew environment.

We instill disciple CRM ADM and leadership in addition to professional instrument skills. Flight West academy prepares the pilot for the future.




All training conducted to airline proficiency standards
7day course duration, 2 scheduled classes monthly KVNY location

45Hr course available for students that train as a crew only
Flight West Airline Training Academy
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