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Features March 2015 Issue

Proficiency in Pieces 2.5

It all started with something even more basic than this, but grew into a rigorous program of monthly exercises in a highly capable simulator.

Proficiency in Pieces 2.5

The final cornerstone of this proficiency-maintaining program is working with the right instructor, under the right techniques and maintaining the right mind set.

Previously, I’ve described a practice of regular recurrent training in two articles: “Proficiency in Pieces,” in the July 2007 issue of IFR, and its follow-up, “Proficiency in Pieces 2.0” in April, 2012. This program is a simulator-based recurrent training program in which you specify the minimums to which you want to train, and then design a specific training program tailored to your exact requirements, while assuring that your target performance meets or exceeds that prescribed in the regulations for your flying—Part 91 or even Part 135.

I’m now writing about Proficiency in Pieces for a third time, partly to re-emphasize the idea. It has worked very well for me and others I know. More importantly, I want to fully stress what I have found to be, for me, a cornerstone of it that is missing in articles by others about their approach to personal sim training—the use of a qualified instructor to conduct the training.

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