If you are planning to become a pilot, we want to introduce you to a significant implementation to future pilot training. Meet Area 100 KSA – the subject, where K stands for Knowledge, S for Skills and A for Attitudes. With this subject, pilot training moves away from factual knowledge training toward competency-based training.
Let’s start from the beginning. The need of non-technical training was born when a strong link between pilots and accidents was discovered. Following the analysis of fatal aircraft accidents worldwide (2010-2011), more than half of these accidents were primary caused by the flight crew actions. Italso showed that the lack of non-technical skills was the main reason of 32% of the accidents – more than double compared to the accidents caused by the lack of flight crew handling skills (14%).
Those significant numbers forced EASA to require each training provider the implementation of Area 100 KSA into its training syllabus until 2022. With this module, future pilots will be challenged to apply their theoretical knowledge to practice involving their decision-making abilities and their capacity to think under pressure, identify and correctly manage threats and errors, developing the right attitudes at assessing a problem in order to find the correct solution.
A demand for competency-based training also comes from the airlines’ side. With constantly evolving safety standards, airlines tend to prepare their future pilots in advance. Competency-based training will enable a future pilot to adapt quickly and comfortably to the operational environment. Additionally, competency-based training will help future pilots to be promoted to captains earlier, as their training will be based more on competency rather than their accumulated flight hours.
If you are an aspiring future pilot and still looking for a flight school, pay attention to those which have already implemented or are going to implement competency-based training into their training syllabus. Prepare now to succeed in your pilot career earlier!