Capt. Kanit Atisuthapoch, IFALPA Human Performance Committee
1994: Graduated from DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) from Chiang Mai University
1994-1995: Lecturer at the faculty of Dentistry Chiang Mai University
1996-1997: CPL from CATC Civil Aviation Training Center Hua Hin Thailand
1997-Now: Flying with Thai Airways Intl. Co. Ltd.
Type rating experiences: A330, A340, B747, B737, B777/787
TG: B787 Captain, B787 FSTD instructor, Airline transition training instructor
Ex-MPL instructor (B737)
THAIPA (Thai Pilots Association):
Vice President of THAIPA technical committee
IFALPA (The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations):
IFALPA HUPER committee member
Training for the Whole Career
Multi-crew Pilot License pilots are becoming an integral part of the pool of new pilots in the world today. These pilots are flying the line and progressing their airline careers, from entry level to first officer to captain. From their basic design, MPL programs need to set up a candidate for a successful career. IFALPA would like to highlight potential areas where the training program can be improved as identified by captains working with MPL graduates:
• A significant portion of MPL training emphasizes the development of FMS and autopilot flying skills, but there is an observed need to improve basic flying skills in MPL graduates.
• Simulators are adequate for most skill development, however they are inadequate for providing real world exposure, or building the situational awareness and experience necessary for sound judgment and decision making – the key building blocks of airmanship.
• Proper ATC interaction in a normal operational context, including busy airspace, task interruption management and changes in the workload can only be delivered through real world exposure.
• Each MPL program needs to incorporate a well-developed CRM training program.
• Command training is lacking in most MPL programs and this needs to be addressed especially in the bridge between holding an MPL over to an ATPL.
To address these concerns and others, it is important to involve line pilots, including captains as well as recent MPL graduates, in the development, review and improvement cycles of the program.