What's New

2013 Updates 

09/28/2013 The FITS SBT Facilitator training of 34 Leading Edge Aviation CFI's was successful to include both CFI-RH, CFI-A, CFI-ME & the third DPE in the US. Also trained was the LEA Dir. of Admissions, LEA Curriculum Developer and a CFI/instructor from Central Oregon Community College.

2014 Updates

04/09-16/2014 Visited Upper Limit Aviations' -2 Utah facilities and trained 46 CFI-RH, 3 CFI-A staff, 1 SUU adjunct professor and one marketing director as FITS SBT Facilitators as ULA has chosen to modernize their flight training curriculums.

Fall/2014 HAI's Rotor magazine featured the value of HelicopterSBT in the Real-World SMS article beginning on page 42.

2015 Updates

January/2015 The January issue of Rotor and Wing magazine featured the value of HelicopterSBT to small operators in implementing a SMS and maintaining a growing and evolving Safety Culture.

April 21/2015 FITS SBT Facilitator Course at Leading Edge Aviation in Bend, Oregon for new CFIs.

April 22/2015 Upgrade & Development of existing Leading Edge FITS SBT curriculums and Facilitator workshops.

April 23-27/2015 Onsite at Colorado Heli-Ops for 141 Maintenance training, SMS & FRAMT review and Facilitator staff interactions.

August 11, 2015. Training at the Robinson Helicopter Co. factory all Robinson Instructors and production test pilots to be qualified FITS SBT Facilitators. Also attending the Facilitator course are FAA and USHST members.

August 12 & 13, 2015 At the Robinson Factory to attend a USHST JHSIT twg. face to face semi-annual workshop.

2016 Updates

Planning for the HAI Safety Symposium at Heli Expo on Feb. 29th. On the planning committee for the USHST presentation, "Safety as the Bottom Line". 8AM to 10AM

Mar. 01, 2016 Co-presenting at Heli Expo for the HAI Training Committe, CFI Mentoring, 8AM-11AM.

May 28 & 29, 2016 Worked with a UAS operator creating a General Operations Manual and training programs for PICs and VOs.

May 30, 2016 Trained a FITS SBT Fcilitator for employment requirements.

August 08-14, 2016 On site at Colorado Heli-Ops.

August 10&11, 2016 USHST JHSIT training work group semi annual Face to Face meeting sponsored at Colorado Heli-Ops, Broomfield, Colorado.

August 12, 2016 FITS SBT Facilitator course offered at Colorado Heli-Ops.

August 13, 2016 Clarification and Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots (C&E) Course offered at Colorado Heli-Ops

An Introduction to the FITS SBT Methodology

What is FITS?

FITS  stands for FAA Industry Training Standards

The FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) program is a partnership between FAA, Industry, and Academia designed to enhance general aviation safety. This is accomplished by developing flight training programs that are more convenient, more accessible, less expensive, and more relevant to today’s users of the National Airspace System.

FITS is focused on the redesign of general aviation training. Instead of training pilots to pass practical tests, FITS focuses on expertly manage real-world challenges. Scenario based training is used to enhance the GA pilots’ aeronautical decision making, risk management, and single pilot resource management skills. This is accomplished without compromising basic flying skills.

Initial, Recurrent and Type Specific Training will include the concepts and elements of the modern FITS SBT Methodology.

Some insight to the FITS Scenario Based Training Methodology. It is based on three core Concepts. Scenario Based Training (SBT), Learner Centered Grading(LCG), Single pilot Resource Management(SRM) and not as many believe all about complicated "Scenarios" that hinder training.

SBT-Scenario Based Training contains 4 elements that are developed in all Outside Scenarios (the reason to fly) and Inside Scenarios (interjections).

  • Situational Awareness (SA)
  • "the In Command concept" (making decisions to always Protect the Sacred Trust)
  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
  • Risk Management (RM)

LCG-Learner Centered Grading contains these elements:

  • Outside Scenario-the reason to fly taken to completion (could be a training scenario)
  • Pre-Brief run by the PT ("in Command", accepting  & demonstrating the responsibility of PIC at all times)
  • Flight developing the elements of the SBT & SRM concepts to completion or with consequences
  • PT run De-Brief (in depth self assessment of all elements of the flight) grading Maneuvers & SRM
  • Facilitator (trained CFI) run de-brief to collaborate the PT de-brief

SRM-Single pilot Resource Management concept (6 elements in or coming to all PTSs)

  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
  • Risk Management (RM)
  • Task Management (TM)
  • Situational Awareness (SA)
  • Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)
  • Automation Management (AM)

Note: the 6 SRM elements are now appearing in the Special Emphasis area of Practical Test Standards(PTS). They will be in all PTS at the next revision cycle.

Many early scenarios will be training scenarios and not much different than what is used in any lesson now. However, before, during and after as much/many of the elements of each core concept will be available to the PT. Most pilots and Instructors that do not understand the core concepts and elements envision SBT as being some complicated and confusing scenario attached to each lesson. Complicated Scenarios are a hinderence at this level.

The available FITS SBT Facilitator Course educates CFIs on how to bring each element of the the three core Concepts to Curriculums, Syllabi and individual lessons, Flight Reviews or recurrent training. Without this training, Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs) will struggle to grasp the concepts and how to apply them. Many CFIs will use the older Scenario Interjection Training (SIT) like diversions and believe they are applying Scenario Based Training (SBT). 

The purpose of this methodology, researched and proven by three University's, is to teach Pilots in Training (PT) to fly as well or better than pilots trained in the antiquated Maneuvers Based Training (MBT) system and ab initio to develop pilots with Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Thus, pilots will develop good judgment and decision making skills through out their training and reduce the accidents caused by Human Factors also called "Pilot Error".

Individual questions about the Facilitator Course can be answered via e-mail. mikefranz@embarqmail.com