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An exploratory study of pilot training and recruitment in Europe

Adanov, Lenard, Macintyre, Andrew and Efthymiou, Marina orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8611-5973 (2020) An exploratory study of pilot training and recruitment in Europe. International Journal of Aviation Science and Technology, 1 (2). pp. 44-51. ISSN 2687-525X

Pilot training and recruitment is of fundamental importance for the aviation industry. Yet, a number of Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) applicants trained by Approved Training Organizations (ATOs) fail their airline assessments. To provide some clarity on why this is happening, we conducted in-depth interviews with twelve industry professionals and a detailed documentary analysis was undertaken. We found that the main reasons are: (1) Lack of preparation or technical knowledge; (2) Poor communication skills; and (3) Poor display of teamwork and leadership. The paper suggests that regulation should be implemented for ATO’s to use screening processes on potential students to increase quality or Airline Pilot Standard Multi Crew-Cooperation (APS MCC) system, as an additional training system on top of what is being taught in ATOs. Regulations should further be linked with regular audits in place for smaller airlines to increase the effectiveness of their pilot assessments and recruitment processes in order to increase safety. Areas of further research as also identified.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pilot Training; Approved Training Organizations; Safety in Aviation; Aviation Regulation; Pilot Assessment; Pilot recruitment
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Publisher:Eskişehir: Sürdürülebilir Havacılık Araştırmaları Derneği
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.23890/IJAST.vm01is02.0201
Copyright Information:© 2020 The Authors. Open access
ID Code:25610
Deposited On:15 Mar 2021 17:16 by Marina Efthymiou . Last Modified 15 Mar 2021 17:16

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