Euramec announced Threat Error Management (TEM), its new scenario-based Flight Training Device (FTD) for aeroclubs, flying schools and homebuilts.
TEM is based on a Diamond DA20 platform with customers having the choice of an analog or a full-glass cockpit display. The adjacent instructor station houses a database of emergency scenarios based on real-life incidents from around the world.
Working with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK (AOPA), Euramec has developed a set of emergency scenarios that are too dangerous to attempt safely in an actual aircraft.
Bert Buyle, CEO Euramec: “The idea is to create situations that are certainly not part of practical flight lessons, but can be defined as life-threatening situations. Our objective is to let student-pilots experience such emergency situations, but the training obviously is also for experienced private pilots to live these simulated situations.”
AOPA has an extensive library of reports on critical safety issues, including engine operations, collision avoidance, Wing contamination/icing, thunderstorms and air traffic control, turbulence, forced landings, spatial disorientation, single-pilot instrument flight rules, fuel management and other critical issues.
Over the last several years, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics reflect that in a million trips, there are 700 times more fatalities on General Aviation (GA) planes than on airliners. Commercial captains retrain every six months while private pilots have only a biannual check – every 24 months.
Airline pilots average about 900 hours per year. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that GA pilots average 70 hours per year and pilots of homebuilt planes only 35 hours per year. Airlines have two pilots in the cockpit instead of one, which is common in GA flying.
The result is that GA pilots are not as prepared to handle emergencies as are their commercial counterparts. The main purpose of the flight simulation training done by commercial pilots is that of practicing how to handle emergency procedures that they may never encounter in the air. It is impractical to try to emulate most equipment failures in the air, but it is extremely useful to be able to do so on the ground under controlled conditions. Most GA pilots do not have this luxury.
Euramec wants to make a difference with TEM and bring essential emergency flying skills to aeroclubs, flying schools and the homebuilt community.