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FAASTeam February 2023 Topic of the Month - Transition Training
Transition Training—Do It Or Live (Perhaps) With The Consequences
Date and Time:
Monday, February 13, 2023, starting at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time (15:00 PST; 16:00 MST; 17:00 CST; 13:00 HST; 14:00 AKST; 16:00 Arizona; 23:00 GMT)
Stephen Bateman, CFI
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FAASTeam February 2023 Topic of the Month: Transition Training

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The General Aviation Joint Safety Committee (GAJSC) Loss of Control Working Group studied a number of general aviation accidents that may have been caused by pilots who received no—or inadequate—transition training.  The GAJSC suggests that detailed, airframe-specific transition training, conducted by a qualified and appropriately experienced flight instructor, is essential when moving onto different aircraft…and not just “bigger” ones.

In this presentation, we’ll look at different “directions” of transition—up, down and sideways—and we will provide suggestions for you to take full control of your transition training.  We’ll also take a look at two accidents attributed to the “lack of the pilots’ familiarity with the airplane”, one involving substantial damage and the other resulting in four fatalities.

Learning Points:

  • Some general aviation accidents are associated with deficient pilot performance due to inadequate or no transition training in the accident aircraft
  • Transition training is essential to flight safety—no transition…up, down or sideways…should ever be considered “easy”
  • Because flight characteristics, aircraft controls and instrumentation can vary significantly from aircraft to another, even of the same make/model, airframe-specific transition training is highly recommended
  • Instructors providing transition training must be thoroughly familiar with each airframe in which they give instruction
  • An excellent source for identifying such instructors is the type club for that aircraft
  • Pilots holding private pilot or higher certificates who learnt to fly in traditional manufactured aircraft are twice as likely to experience accidents in light sport aircraft as are sport pilots who trained only in light sport aircraft
  • The fatality accident rate involving experimental/amateur-built aircraft is more than twice the rate for traditionally manufactured aircraft
  • It is vital that pilots obtain comprehensive ground and flight training when transitioning to any “new-to-them” aircraft…especially when involving experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft

Join the Westminster Aerobats Flying Club safety meeting and get WINGS credit.

The Westminster Aerobats Flying Club (WAFC) uses WINGS for Clubs as the basis for its safety culture. 

Call Steve (402 200 8930) for more information on WINGS for Clubs.

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Stephen Bateman
Phone: (402) 200-8930
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The support of the FAASTeam, Baltimore FSDO and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is gratefully acknowledged.

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1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2
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