For many airline pilots, the training and education process to become qualified to operate an aircraft can be a grueling one. As a result of self-sponsored candidate preferences, certain Aircraft Training Organization (ATO) offer an accelerated type rating. Accelerated flight training helps pilots get their type rating more rapidly. There are many flight schools in the United States and around the world that offer this kind of training.
A pilot enrolled in an accelerated flight-training program will be going through rigorous training day in and day out. There will be training for a few hours each and every day. During this training, the pilots will complete different types of training similar to traditional flight schools such as in-class education, ground flight simulators and exams. There are also in-flight air lessons with the qualified pilot instructors. The instructors will see if the pilot students are ready for the next step.
In essence, it is a regular flight school compressed in a shorter period of time. Furthermore, there is more one on one time where the pilot gets private lessons from experienced pilot instructors. An accelerated training program for type rating qualification meets all the requirements from the official airline organizations and airline government organizations that determine the pilot training and education requirements. Alternative programs such as the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) in the United States and the Alternative Training and Qualification Program (ATQP) in Europe allow pilots new, more personalized means of completing strict training requirements, supposedly accelerating the training process.
Simulator training time is also becoming more compressed in order to save time and money. Pilots can only log certain types of simulator time.
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- Emergency/abnormal scenarios are being combined together, even though the events are extremely unlikely to occur together based on the operational record
- Recent accident scenarios are emphasized and “Routine” flight operations are being under-emphasized
- More training is being added without analyzing the current curriculum to remove unnecessary or redundant segments
- Shortened type rating may not provide opportunities to detect weaknesses in basic pilot skills among the candidates.