Trainer as a Subject Matter Expert

 

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Training is the key to all safe aviation activities. Training of Pilots is even more critical. The competency levels are maintained to standards to ensure safety. The minimum competence standards are acceptable for tasks related to routine and repetitive activities. When the job becomes specialized and critical, the competence must be higher. The Instructors, who train the Pilots, therefore, must have a higher level of Knowledge and Skill.

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Training is the key to all safe aviation activities. Training of Pilots is even more critical. The competency levels are maintained to standards to ensure safety. The minimum competence standards are acceptable for tasks related to routine and repetitive activities. When the job becomes specialized and critical, the competence must be higher. The Instructors, who train the Pilots, therefore, must have a higher level of Knowledge and Skill. A higher level of knowledge and skill will translate to them being not just Competent but Proficient and in some cases Subject Matter Expert. The current training methodologies require the trainer and the trainee to be just competent in the core competencies. There is no differentiation in the standards or grades to be attained to qualify for qualification and continued performance. This paper emphasizes the level of Competence is achieved by Trainer to impart adequate training. The attributes possessed by people who are subject matter experts. It questions the fact that the trainee and the trainer cannot be at the same level of competence and refers to the ICAO documents, quoting the primary objectives of training.

 
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Author: Capt. Amit Singh

I think therefore I am https://www.linkedin.com/in/traintofly/ Airlines Operations and Safety balance expert. A former head of operations/training and safety of successful LCC's in India. An experienced member of the startup teams of these airlines has hands-on experience in establishing airlines systems and processes.

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