Captain Pierluigi Lanciotti

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Captain Pierluigi Lanciotti

Organisation: PHI Inc.

Job title: Instructor-Check Airman

Pierluigi Lanciotti has been with PHI for over 12 years and he is assigned to the training department as an Instructor and Check Airman in the S-76 and AW139 supporting the Oil and Gas division.

He is currently the project lead for the AW139. He previously served as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter pilot and as Aviation Safety Officer in the Italian Navy for 14 years.



Stress Versus Performance in Flight Training

This presentation illustrates the advantages of recreating a highly realistic scenario through the measured use of "artificial stress" during a LOFT (Line Oriented Flight Training) scenario. It explains the concept of positive stress and the increase in performance that derives from it. The presentation emphasizes the beneficial long term memory effects that we can obtain from a controlled stressful event and suggest instructional strategies proved to be effective in helping students recognize and deal with critical and demanding situations.

Technology has allowed new levels of realism in simulators and we can expect further advancements in the future, but to make full use of the advantages offered by these training devises, instructors must also move forward with new and effective training techniques. 

Without going into the details of the scientific discoveries of neuroscience, I'd like to explain the benefits of induced stress as an instructional technique to enhance pilot performance during scenario based flight training. CRM tools necessary to deal with stressful situations will also be presented.

Stress, often seen and labeled as a health enemy and an obstacle to the learning process can and should be used, in a very specific way, to our advantage during flight training. Many studies have shown how stress, in the right amount does not hinder but actually facilitate both learning and memory.

Artificially raising the stress level, momentarily and in a very targeted way during a LOFT scenario, is conducive to an increase in pilot performance at the moment of the event. More importantly, memory mechanisms triggered by the same shocking event, will improve the probabilities of success in solving a similar problem or emergency in a future situation.

Instructors need to be able to recognize what that individual or crew stress level is at each step of the training process and inoculate or remove stress elements in a modulated way to achieve optimum performance.



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