A Jersey pilot has become one of the first European recipients of a ‘Master Aviator Award’ after undergoing training to deal with high-stress emergency situations.
Gama Aviation’s Captain Tim Pedley received the honour after undergoing additional training by FlightSafety International which Gama said aims to “push the boundaries of proficiency and equip pilots for the unexpected.”
As part of the programme, trainees are put in real life situations in gruelling flight simulator sessions. The aim is to enhance their decision-making in high-stress scenarios where there are competing demands.
With over 30 years' experience on various aircraft types, Captain Pedley is Chief Pilot of the Gulfstream G280, a 'super midsize' aircraft.
Due to the nature of the aircraft and the destinations chosen by many of Gama Aviation's Jersey clients, two of the specialisms Tim selected were the North Atlantic and the high altitude and recognisably challenging airport of the French ski resort of Chambery.
Pictured: The training involves using flight simulation equipment.
"My primary role is to ensure the safety of those onboard and therefore any additional training that can enhance my ability to deliver that role is absolutely worth undertaking," Captain Pedley said.
"At an individual, fleet and company level it can only serve to drive standards ever higher, which directly translates, in my opinion, to safer flying."
Gama Aviation Managing Director Boris Wolstenhome added: "Captain Pedley is an example of the standards we are setting. Safety is a given in all our flight operations, however Captain Pedley's, diligence in furthering his studies and skills is testament to his drive to excel. The Master Aviator award is tribute to this, and I thank him for setting a very high standard for fleet captains."
"Our Master Aviator program consists of challenging training that expands skills and prepares aviators to react correctly to a broad range of demanding, unexpected situations," commented a spokesperson for FlightSafety International.
"To become a Master Aviator, trainees must complete a series of advanced pilot training courses and their choice of electives to gain a deeper knowledge of fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter; to advance their professional development, enhance safety, and strengthen all aspects of a flight department."
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