What's New

2017 Updates

FAA First Class Medical

61.56 endorsement

Attained a FAA Part 107 remote Small UAS Commercial pilot certificate

Branded with the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) and was Certified as an Instructor to teach the 155 hour accredited Safety Certification Course

Produced a RH IFR FITS SBT ACS structured Syllabus for White Rabbit Aviation in Spokane, Wa.

Created a comprehensive FAA approved CRM training program for 135 Helicopter operators.

2018 Updates

Completed Re-qual 135 R66 Ground Instructor training for 135 Operator

Conducted recurrent 135 training including newly added CRM training for 135 Operator

Coordinating RH industry career path initiatives for flight schools, tour, utility & HAA operators

Continuing efforts with the USHST's Helicopter Safety Enhancement efforts in reducing fatal accidents

Continuing FAASTeam support and presentations

Held a mentoring session at Colorado Heli-Ops, May 6th for CFIs and career pilot planning

Initiated a SMS and a growing Safety Culture at Black Hills Aerial Adventures and Dakota Rotors companies, May 8 & 9

Witnessed the Aviation Futures pathway participants from Colorado Heli-Ops filling second tier tour pilot slots in South Dakota

Conducted C&E and FITS SBT Facilitator courses at CHO (now 248 Facilitators trained) May 10 & 11

June thru October initiatives included a global search for a Bell 407, pre-buy inspection formulation, purchase, training and re-orientation of a 135 chief pilot, FAA conformity inspection, pilot check flight and night flight emergency training.

2019 Updates

FAASTeam presentations in SW Florida and discussions/input with a FAA FITS SBT research data gathering group.

Moving from Naples, Fl. to Winter Haven, Fl. by April 1st.

September 2019 Conducted annual BH407 Part 135 ground training for Elite Helicopters.

2020 Updates

Consulting for Colorado Heli-Ops part 141 and 135 programs

Renewing FAA CFI RH-SP certificate

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. mikefranz5@gmail.com

As of May 11th, 2018 -248 Airplane & Helicopter FITS SBT Facilitators have been trained in this modern methodology.