This week three of our current Pilatus pilots, Teen, Tony and Charlie, received required annual recurrent training. Two more, Hilton and Davy, received their initial training. It was a very intense three long days of training, but also very fun and rewarding.
For 2018, we added simulator (SIM) training to supplement our actual training in the Pilatus PC-12 and ground school. Once again, the amazing Lex Brown of Executive Flight Training was our instructor. Lex is a retired Navy F-18 Pilot with extensive experience in multiple aircraft. He also flies part time for us here at Outer Banks Airlines.
SIM training allows for maneuvers that are not normally possible or practical in an actual aircraft and gives our pilots invaluable experience handling emergency situations. For example, these maneuvers include water ditching, multiple engine failure scenarios, inverted aircraft recovery, depressurization, smoke/fire emergencies, etc. The equipment also graphs the flight path and other helpful parameters during the simulated emergencies. This data can determine if the pilot landed without damage or injury.
You’ll be happy to know all of our pilots passed with flying colors! We’re really proud of all of our pilots and the level of experience, skill and professionalism they each possess. Safety is always #1, and our fantastic team of pilots did a great job again in training this year!