According to BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31204059) – after the GE235 plane crash killing 40 people – Taiwanese airline company TransAsia Airways (復興航空) cancelled more than 100 flights in order to train their pilots.[See 2 related articles:
Peanuts Daily wanted to know more about this program and went back to see Mr. Chen Xinde (TransAsia CEO):
After deep analysis of the crash, we figured out that 85% of our pilots never got any proper training. We hired most of our pilots because they were good at piloting in video games. Indeed, in their resume under the rubric Hobbies, it was written ‘video games (World of Warcraft, Candy Crush, Piloting…)’ and our HR manager assumed they were pilots. Of course, our HR manager is currently attending some reading classes.
So far, the pilots are in Level 1 (Out of 10 level) of their training with classes such as:
- Turn right and turn left
- Turn on and turn off engine
- Watch mirrors and blind spot
With such advanced trainings, TransAsia pilots should be ready by spring 2019. For some people, it could feel strange to train pilots after becoming a pilot and not before. However, this is the case in many other industries. For instance, the new mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je is now taking politic courses (After becoming mayor) or the Marketing director of HTC just started attending marketing classes.
Is TransAsia training pilots after a plane crash odd for you?
Author: Mr. Gobtair, Elie.