Airbus has created an ab initio pilot training program and intends to implement it in its global network of partner flying schools. The plan signals rising concerns about the varying levels of pilot training by country. The airframer is striving to standardize initial training, although national authorities have the final say.
It makes a few questions pop into my head, hopefully our a.net community can offer some answers.
Does Airbus have "partner flying schools" out of altruistic concern for global safety, or is there a profit motive too?
Is Airbus suggesting they wish they had more input into pilot training, and national authorities less?
National authorities lack uniformity in pilot training regulation. Airbus safety experts also see “strange things in poor countries where air transport is growing very fast—suspiciously quick pilot qualification and fraudulent flight-hour accounting.” They are addressing the problem at the airline level. Especially for Asian carriers, it is useful to continue giving information on weather issues, they say. For example, a video was created recently to reexplain operations in convective conditions in a straightforward manner.
Is it a bad time for Airbus to raise concerns about training standards in poor Asian countries?
Or maybe a good time?
Airbus is adopting a “lead by example” approach. The national authority of a pilot training organization is responsible for approving its programs. “Our implementing a program with this standard is encouraging the authority to follow us and raise the bar at other schools,” says Jean-Michel Bigarre, head of global flight training at Airbus.
Seems pretty clear they want to "raise the bar", but other than offering their own courses, how can they address the "strange things" that "Airbus safety experts" are reported to be seeing?