Flight Deck Training Welcomes US Airways
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Recently, US Airways enrolled in NATCA's Flight Deck Training (FDT) program, joining Delta, American, United and many other flight carriers. The program is expected to be in full speed June 1 and will no longer be recognized as a test program.
"We're continuing to add new airlines to the list of participants that will continue to improve this ongoing endeavor NATCA has strived for," said NATCA National Training and Professional Standards Representative Garth Koleszar. "[FDT is] one of the many things that NATCA is using to really create a symbiotic group of programs to make the system as safe as we can make it."
The program has expanded since its implementation and is now working with ATSAP. ATSAP is now able to require specific training goals based on identified safety events for all FDT participants. Additionally, ATSAP Event Review Committees (ERC) have the ability to consider assigning FDT as a skill enhancement component.
Koleszar wanted to remind everyone that FDT is for training, and training only.
"This is training and it was never intended for vacation use," he said. "We represent all the professionals of air traffic controllers while participating in FDT. It's intent is to learn what's gong on the other side of the frequency."
The Flight Deck Training order was signed and became effective on May 1. Please click HERE to see the document.
Previously, the Flight Deck Training program was implemented under the terms of a "Notice" that was of limited duration. This Order memorializes the program more concretely. The Memorandum of Understanding between NATCA and the FAA regarding flight deck training is still in effect.
Please click HERE to see the current Approved Provider Listing.