2nd Edition

The Airline Training Pilot

By Tony Smallwood Copyright 2000

    Comprehensively revised and updated, the second edition of this widely regarded text reflects the changing environment within international airline training. With particular emphasis on human factors, crew resource management (CRM), crew and organizational culture, error management and advanced qualification procedures (AQP), it also examines attempts at reducing the so-called pilot error accidents and incidents. Aimed at an international airline pilot readership, it explains in simple straightforward detail the method and means of delivering effective airline pilot training. By highlighting the techniques and challenges of preparing the next generation of skilled and safety conscious pilots it is an essential resource for, airline trainers, pilots or potential pilots, intending embarking on a professional airline career.

    Contents: Introduction; Where are we now?; The training pilot; The basis for good instruction; Communication; Dealing with difficult trainees; The process of learning; The brain - memory; Training objectives and methods; Base training; Initial command training; Pilot selection; Training trainers;Culture and CRM; Total qualification programme; Tomorrow’s training today; Where do we go from here?; Bibliography; Index.


    Captain Tony Smallwood is now an aviation training consultant. Previously he was a line and base training captain with British Midland, based at London Heathrow. He is also a UK CAA Instrument and Type Rating Examiner. He has been involved with airline training for the last twenty years, formerly with the Oxford Air Training School. He has acquired over twenty thousand flying hours, and is also a keen glider and light aircraft pilot, spending much of his time in training others.

    ’...well researched and clearly presented, proving a valuable resource for an airline pilot readership involved in any area of training.’ Flyer '...the author does a good job in providing a thought-provoking conduit by giving good tips for instruction.' M2 Best Books (website)