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Session 11: Training and Certification

FIAPA in the Cockpit
Gary W. Bell and Greg D. Cox, Federal Aviation Administration
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Thursday, Apr. 19, 2:35 p.m.

This paper discusses the training program developed to train pilots in the Flight Inspection Airborne Processor Application (FIAPA). This training involved an understanding of the system, components of the system, system operation, differences from the previous flight inspection system, techniques for system use, risks associated with this system and mitigations for those risks. In addition to being a step in the evolution of flight inspection data collection and analysis, FIAPA provides benefits in the safe and efficient execution of flight inspection. FIAPA can increase crew interaction, decrease extraneous verbal communication and save time, fuel and money by making the flight path of each flight inspection mission more efficient. The FAA conducted pilot training in both ground and flight modules. Ground training included lecture and an activity lab using a simulator. Flight training was conducted via either a flight inspection itinerary over several days, or a dedicated training flight of approximately 4 hours. Training was generally well received and all objectives were met. Training methodology was validated and supported the continued deployment plan of the NAFIS Phase II system.



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