Scenario Based Training, also known as SBT, provides pilots with real-world experiences that prepare them for the range of possibilities they may experience before, during and after a flight. This is especially advantageous for pilots who plan on flying small planes professionally. There is no telling what your client may want or need, or what kinds of conditions or obstacles you will face. Plus, while piloting a small plane, there won’t be a crew there to assist you. The following SBT lesson example should give you an idea of what a pilot undergoes during this type of training.
Photo Shoot Scenario
SBT lessons are interactive exercises that are meant to replicate a real-life situation. With the oversight of a live instructor, the student makes decisions and gets feedback so they can continue to improve. The student might be given a scenario like the following:
Students faced with this scenario must decide when they will leave San Diego to fly to the Long Beach Airport, pick up the photographer and get him or her to the Queen Mary by 1 p.m. They will need to look at the weather, study the flight plan, calculate the weight and balance of the plane, and access airport information for both Long Beach and Orange County. Students may also coordinate with Air Traffic Control and/or look up pictures of the Queen Mary on Google Earth, and make sure the weather will be amenable to the photo shoot.
Below is a sample of this lesson. The pilot is given site locations and then the photographer is taken in flight, you can see actual results from a recent flight lesson.
Scenario Based Training, as in the example above, gives students a strong sense of accomplishment and confidence. This is just one example of the kinds of real-world experiences to which SBT lessons can introduce pilots.
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