Pierre Wannaz

Pierre Wannaz, Captain, TRI, SFE A330/A340, Senior Advisor, CEFA Aviation

After the Swiss Air Force Academy in 1980, Pierre got his pilot wings and for 30 years flew combat jets and high performance trainers in the Swiss Air Force until his 50th birthday, in parallel to his civil job. In 1983, Pierre started at the Swiss Aviation School and got hired thereafter by Swissair (now Swiss International Airlines), where he is still Captain on the A330/A340.

Pierre likes to share his experience and know-how since the very beginnings: in 1991 he became a co-pilot instructor, firstly on the A310, then as part of the core team responsible for the introduction of the A320 for Swissair. He is also a co-designer & trainer of the four Modules Crew Resource Management Course dedicated to the introduction of the A320.

Pierre is also keen on new challenges and chooses to continuously improve his knowledge, being an acceptance pilot for flight simulators, delivery flights, tests after HMV, initial acceptance and phase out flights.

Pierre Wannaz definitely wears several hats as he also collaborated with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) as an external auditor and examiner for MétéoSuisse Swiss weather forecasters and meteorological advisers, but also teaches about the risks of automation of the aircraft. He is a reckoned legal expert as well in incident and accident investigations, amongst others, he was named aeronautical expert for the accident of Air France 447 (Rio-Paris). He is also the co-writer of “Escadrille 2”, a book about squadron 2. During his leisure time, Pierre is an amateur photographer. He likes to go on treks and discover new countries and new cultures, besides his “on-duty” trips!


Animation: Understanding the Modus Operandi

“Evidence Based Training”, “Reporting Culture”, “Crew Centered or Facilitated Debriefing”, “Safety II”, are aviation concepts that everybody in operation, safety and also training speaks or hears about.

Many approaches exist regarding these concepts, but I am convinced that the technology is currently not being used at its full potential.

Collaborating for three years with a company offering the possibility to display flight animation to the pilots in a simple and easy way, available a few minutes after landing on a voluntary basis, I will explain how such an approach can be implemented in order to improve all the above mentioned concepts. What benefit for safety, operation and training organizations can be achieved by using state of the art animation at a pilot level.

Using practical animations, I will show you that “room for improvement” exists and is beneficial for the airlines who use such a technology.

This animation tool is not a concept, it’s already used or tested by several airlines.