Focus on pilot psychology aims to provide unprecedented level of preparedness
COLUMBUS, OH and TORONTO, CANADA (May 12, 2022) – Today, FlightSafety International, the premier professional aviation training company, and Presage Group, a world leader in predictive human behavior in the workplace, will partner for an aviation go-around decision-making and execution study for Gulfstream jet operators.
This is the first large business jet (two-pilot) study of its kind using Presage’s intellectual property (IP) that has, and continues to be, successfully implemented at airlines around the world and more recently with corporate jet single-pilot operations. Data outputs, mitigation strategies, and procedural/policy changes resulting from the study will be integrated exclusively in FlightSafety training programs.
“With runway excursion events continuing in the business aircraft sector, we have to do more to address the root cause. By focusing on the decision-making leading up to touchdown in training, we can directly attack the threat in flight operations. Our aim is to provide a level of training that goes well beyond regulatory minimums, and is acutely focused on safety threats,” said FlightSafety EVP of Safety & Regulatory Compliance Richard Meikle. “This initiative will include both side-stick and traditional flight control installations to ensure a broad understanding of crew coordination and decision making.”
The study will commence this summer on the latest models of Gulfstream aircraft including the G500, G600 and G650 models, and will continue through early 2023. Once the results are analyzed and recommendations are made, the learnings will be deployed into FlightSafety’s Gulfstream training curriculum with follow-on studies in other types likely.
Dr. Martin Smith, CEO and Co-Founder at Presage, said, “What we know from our studies is that in the moment of critical decision making when situational awareness may be degraded, compliance with operational procedures diminishes. Through our IP, we uncover why that is happening.” Smith added, “We then empower front-line pilots to address the underlying issues and build procedures that prime the psychological pump in a manner that makes sense and works for them. With these changes, we have found that safety metrics improve dramatically, along with operational efficiency. It’s a win any way you look at it.”
“Using our psychological tool to understand human behavior in the moment adds an important capstone to conventional procedural development which goes beyond what normal operators do. It’s a switch in thinking,” said Piyush Gandhi, Vice President of Operations & Business Development at Presage. “When this methodology was deployed with the Citation Jet Pilots Association, also in partnership with FlightSafety, the results were revolutionary. We intend to do the same with Gulfstream operators,” Gandhi added.
About FlightSafety International
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. For more details, please visit flightsafety.com.
About Presage Group Inc.
Presage Group Inc. (“Presage”) is an analytics and consulting company whose solutions seek to define the psychological, interpersonal, operational, and cultural drivers for employee non-compliance to operational procedures. The Presage IP (Intellectual Property) is an evidenced based model for human decision-making that quantifies the risk to employees, co-workers, customers, and product/equipment because of degradation in “situational awareness.” The non-discriminating nature of this psychology has allowed the Presage IP to be deployed at airlines globally and also other business verticals such as utilities, food services, and air traffic control where operational employees are making critical decisions in the moment.