Scott Nutter, Principal, Touch & Go Solutions
Scott Nutter is a thirty-five veteran of the aviation industry. After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986 with degrees in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management, Scott’s piloting career began as a CFI and charter pilot. He spent next fourteen years in business aviation in positions including First Officer, Captain, Chief Pilot, Aviation Department Manager, and Senior Demonstration Captain for an aircraft manufacturer.
In 1996 Mr. Nutter joined FlightSafety International as a ground/simulator/aircraft instructor. Aside from instructing, he developed curricula as the company transitioned to the FAA’s newly-implemented FAR part 142 and earned one of the facility’s first TCE authorizations.
Scott was hired by Delta Air Lines in 1998 as an instructor and curriculum developer on the MD-11 program. That led to positions of increasing responsibility in Standards, Compliance, Contract Training & Sales, and Learning & Development. Mr. Nutter managed the Delta Aircrew Training Center from 2005 to 2012 overseeing all aspects of pilot training conducted under FAR 142, JAA/EASA (TRTO), CCAR 142, and numerous other NAA certifications. During this time DATC trained pilots from over thirty countries.
How Capable is Your Organization? Business Capability Modelling for Pilot Training
How capable is your learning organization? Are you “industry-leading” in all aspects of pilot training? What standards are available to objectively assess a Learning & Development team’s competence? Benchmarking other operators only goes so far and being merely “compliant” is never enough.
In the last twenty years, methods used to define and model business capabilities have matured. Now, those processes have been applied to the domain of Pilot Training. Grounded in airline business architecture, a Pilot Training Business Capability Model will be presented for industry consideration and feedback.
The model incorporates critical elements of SMS, AQP, EBT, Quality Management, and Risk-Based Decision Making. Clearly defined Operational and Organizational capabilities, paired with a logical measurement scale, allow airline training leaders to assess their organization’s strengths and identify opportunities for improvement.
This topic is more significant as air carriers adjust to repercussions associated with thousands of experienced professionals retiring during the pandemic.