One of the best aircraft systems in the industry is the ATR system. Getting your ATR rating involves different segments of atr training including the physical or online courses, practical sessions in simulators, assessment, discussions with instructors, etc.
Besides training first-time pilots for their type rating, the atr course is also great for continuous pilot training in line with FAA regulations.
Components of the ATR Training Course
- Online/Distance learning course: The online program is a computer-based training (CBT) that you have to take online, on any compatible internet-enabled mobile device or computer. The course is made up of three components; the course content (which may be in form of text, audio, video, and images), a content player for displaying the course content, and a platform called the learning management software via which the pilots can access the training, take tests and receive feedback from instructors.
The online course also has provisions for instructors to create specific case scenarios where pilots can acquire various skills.
- Simulator training: ATR rating courses are never complete without the practical sessions where pilots train with simulators and get an almost real-life experience of what they learned in the online modules. Simulators are important equipment in continuous or recurring pilot training for several reasons: simulators offer a cheaper and safer way for pilots to train, simulators can be programmed to simulate various flying conditions, flight crews and pilots can also train together to build cohesion.
The online training is delivered via a learning management software and can be customized to meet specific needs. Built to SCORM standards, the course covers general and specific subjects in ATR aviation. Students are walked through components, operations and controls, and safety measures for each component system, and they take a test at the end. The course lasts for about 33 hours but may be completed sooner by pilots in recurrent training.
Benefits of the ATR Continuous Pilot Training
- Flexibility and compliance with FAA standards: As a condition for keeping their rating licenses, pilots are required to undergo continuous training every six months. The online course makes this easier as pilots can take them at any time before they go for the practical sessions.
- Up-to-date flight skills with similar aircraft systems: Just like the a320 system, the ATR system has similar aircraft systems that pilots can fly once they have an ATR rating.