ProPilot launches competency-based training for initial pilot training

propilotProPilot has launched its new Competency-Based Training as part of the ATPL ground school phase of pilot training.

Pioneering a shift in ground school culture, ProPilot has always taught with a practical, applied approach to theoretical knowledge training – and with a strong emphasis on pilot education, rather than just simply passing the CAA exams. ProPilot students will now be trained and assessed on the IATA Knowledge, Skill and Attitude Competencies alongside their ATPL studies.

To this end, ProPilot has just invested in a FlightDeck Solutions A320 dual seat training device. The company will be taking delivery of this highly capable hardware in early November.

This order comes hot on the heels of the purchase of hardware CDU/MCDUs, also from Flightdeck Solutions. These are about to enter service in a new Systems-Operations Demo room at ProPilot’s headquarters at Coventry Airport. This initial round of investment will be completed with an order for a Boeing 737 fixed base training device early next month.

“The substantial investments we have already made, and are continuing to make, in very high quality simulation devices is part of ProPilot’s shift in ground training methods,” said Graham Cownie, ProPilot’s Head of Training. “Hands-on practice with working hardware is the only way to raise further the level of understanding of complex modern avionics systems. In future all our students will benefit from classroom instruction supported by these devices and all students will be guaranteed a minimum level of hands-on practice time.”

ProPilot believes that competency-based Training will be be hugely popular with students, but also with the airlines who are the end user of ground school graduates.

“Airlines are telling us in no uncertain terms that ground training organisations need to move towards competency-based training,” said Jacqui Suren, MD and CTKI at ProPilot. “Now we have the tools we need to produce graduates from our school who will surpass all their peers in their levels of knowledge and competency”.

The aim is that students will benefit from an easier transition into type rating training and airlines will benefit from reduced training costs and better prepared line pilots. Find out more at