In January 2008, students in the Professional Pilot program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) began training using an FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) Commercial Pilot curriculum. The course was accepted as a scenario-based and competency-based curriculum by the FAA as a “Special Curricula.” Students entered the FITS Commercial Pilot course having completed their Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. Some of the students had completed a FITS accepted and FAA approved combined Private/Instrument course, while others had completed separate Private Pilot and Instrument courses. The first thirty-three students completed the course with lower total flight times than students have historically experienced in conventional training paradigms. Although the students completed the course with less flight time, they nevertheless met FAA standards and passed the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Exam on their first attempt 88% of the time. This paper presents an analysis of student impressions of this new training methodology.
Craig, P. A.,
Beckman, W. S.,
& Dornan, W.
(2009). Results from the First FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) Commercial Pilot Training Course – a Student’s Perspective. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 461-466.