Flight Simulator Training - Part 2

Threat and Error Management

Simulator training has evolved over the years to not only include flying on instruments and experiencing aircraft engine and systems failures but more importantly, how to manage these situations. Over the decades, aviation accident investigators noticed several trends that were consistent in airline accidents. At the top of the list was how the crew interacted with each other.

Hazardous attitudes and their respective ‘antidotes’.
Hazardous attitudes and their respective ‘antidotes’. Michael Townsend

It was noted that the culture of the captain as not only the final authority but the only authority as to the operation of the aircraft was one of the major causes of accidents. Other crew members, when interviewed about why they did not take action or say something, noted that the domineering and authoritative captains were the reason - that to say something was often a career-ender. In response to this, several airlines started a new training program called Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) in the late 1970s.


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