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Do You Use a FITS Syllabus?

By October 30, 2012

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I haven't heard much about FITS lately, so I thought I'd check and see if there were any updates. I didn't find much, unfortunately, so that leads me to believe one of three things is happening:

  1. Everyone is quietly using a FITS syllabus and loving it.
  2. Nobody is using the FITS program and loving it.
  3. The FAA is focusing its efforts elsewhere and so is everyone else.
For those of you wondering what I'm talking about, the FAA developed and implemented a new flight training program a few years back to answer for the new TAA (technologically advanced aircraft) that were becoming mainstream and affecting the way we fly. The FAA began developing the FAA-Industry Training Standards (FITS) program in 2003, and I was implementing it into my lesson plans by 2006.

Since then, I haven't heard much about FITS. I will continue to operate under FITS principles (scenario-based training, CRM/SRM and learner-centered grading) since I do think they're important. But I often wonder how many instructors have conformed to FITS, and how many are still in the dark about it all?

(FITS, by the way, is a voluntary program, and isn't required for any flight instructor, although some flight training organizations may have incorporated FITS into lesson plans for instructors already.)

Do you use FITS?

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