Title Theoretical Knowledge Course for Airline Transport Pilot License - Helicopter, including Computer Based Training
Project Number NO/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/131007
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text In a collaborative effort that involves aviation experts from Norway, Spain, Italy and England, a complete E-learning course for the initial training of professional helicopter pilots has been developed with support from EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme. The result of this project is a complete training solution fully integrated into an E-learning platform, and contains access to a learning management system and an online question bank. 15 full-colour textbooks and Computer-Based Training material are included as well.
Summary In 2008, the Joint Aviation Authorities representing the civil aviation regulatory authorities of a number of European states, introduced a new common training syllabus for the training of helicopter pilots. Whilst the corresponding common European syllabus for the training of pilots for fixed wing aircraft was introduced already in 1988 (and proper training material and systems has been developed) the common European helicopter syllabus has been lagging behind and only started coming into force in 2008. There has been a lack of adequate training material and systems to support the new training syllabus for helicopters. Due to the fact that the helicopter industry is remarkably smaller than the fixed wing industry and that pilot training is not part of the public education system, the flight training organisations that perform the initial training of helicopter pilots suffer from lack of resources to adapt, revise, and develop proper training material and training systems. The quality of the training has a distinct impact on flight safety. The four participating partner organisations together form a strong entity with qualified and experienced human resources: Nordian is a well known developer of aviation training systems which traces its roots back to the government funded National Flight Academy of Norway; London Metropolitan University is one of the foremost providers of professional theoretical and synthetic pilot training in England; Top Fly is a well known high quality flight training organisation in Spain certified to ISO 9001 standard and is authorised as a Helicopter Pilot Training Centre; AgustaWestland is, apart from being a helicopter manufacturer, also an established provider of professional training services and solutions to a wide range of military and civil customers around the world; and finally European Helicopter Center is a well-established and respected provider of professional and private helicopter pilot training, both practical and theoretical. Most helicopter flight training organisations have marginal resources, and the project output will help them to quickly adapt to the new training syllabus, to improve flight safety and to improve their competitive position in relation to the non European helicopter training market.
Description In 1996, prior to the introduction of the new syllabus for fixed wing aircraft, the applicant organisation and one of the partners developed a standardised training solution to be used all over Europe, consisting of books, Computer-Based Training (CBT) and study guides. The output of the project is now in use by flight training organisations in Norway, Sweden, England, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Finland, UAE and Serbia, and is continuously updated. The aim and objectives of this new project has been to offer an equivalent standardised training solution for the training of professional helicopter pilots in Europe by adapting the output of the previous project. The new project has made use of new technology by adapting an optional distance learning feature to enhance the dissemination and exploitation of the outcome. Out of the existing 15 fixed wing text books, 12 books have be modified to some extent, and 3 books completely rewritten, to comply with the new syllabus. The existing CBT and Study Guides have been adapted to the helicopter syllabus and the training material has been made available from a distance learning platform with full learning management features.
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The products that will result from this project is:
- 15 full-colour textbooks
- 120 hours of Computer-Based Training (CBT) and animations
- Study Guides with reading assignments and reference to resources
- Self Assessment Tests and Progress Tests
All of this has been integrated into a complete E-learning course in a Distance Learning environment through the it's learning platform.