Robert D. Allen

Robert D. Allen, Flight Training Supervisor, B757/767 Standards and Training, UPS Airlines

Robert D. Allen is currently a Flight Qualified Supervisor on the B757/767 aircraft for United Parcel Service Airlines (UPS). He came to UPS from American Airlines where he had served as a line first officer on the MD80, B737, and B757/767 from April, 1999 to January, 2015. 

Robert began his pilot career as a flight instructor, and later flying night cargo and express mail, while completing his undergraduate education. After completing college he left commercial aviation to serve in the US military as both a Navy and Air Force pilot. First serving in active status with the US Navy, he was carrier and fully mission qualified in all variants of the F-14, completing three operational deployments to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. He was selected to attend both the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School and Test Pilot School, and would also obtain qualifications in the F/A-18, obtaining 265 day and 110 night carrier arrested landings. He would leave active military status to return to commercial aviation in 1999, but remained in the US Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard where we would become fully mission qualified in the F-16 and complete three additional operational deployments, including two combat tours in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Robert commanded the 170th Fighter Squadron before taking assignment to USTRANSCOM Headquarters in 2004 where he served until retiring from military service in 2012. 

In education, Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation, a Master’s degree in Aviation Safety, and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is currently a PhD candidate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College and Air War College and the US Navy Squadron Safety Officer School.

Case Study: A Common Rating for B757/767 Extended Envelope Training?

Under Combined Federal Register (CFR) Section 14, paragraph 121.909, United Parcel Service (UPS) conducted a small group trail (SGT) to collect data on pilot performance while executing mandated Expanded Envelope Training (EET) in both a B757 and B767 full-flight simulator (FFS) to support its request for relief from CFR 121.423 which requires training in both B767 and B757 aircraft.

14 CFR 121.423 mandates all commercial air carriers conduct EET for all pilots in all aircraft types they operate. Initial FAA interpretation of Part 121.423 required that all pilots complete EET in both 757 and 767 simulators. UPS employs approximately 1400 pilots who operate both the 757 and 767 under a common type rating. UPS contended that training received in either the B757 or B767 aircraft would transfer to the other type aircraft and proposed an SGT to collect data support its request for relief from the FAA interpretation of 121.423. 

Twenty UPS pilots flew three EET certified full flight simulators (FFSs), a Thales B767 with a classic flight deck (CFD) display system, CAE B767 with a large display system (LDS), and an L3 B757 with LDS. Performance data were collected to measure the differences in pilot performance during EET recovery maneuvers to determine whether there were significant differences in EET pilot recovery procedures and/or techniques for the 757 and 767 aircraft.  

The SGT data supported UPS’ hypothesis that there would be no differences in pilot performance based upon type aircraft and/or flight deck display systems. However, the SGT did find differences between FFSs due to differences in EET installed software. 

Based upon the results of the SGT, UPS received approval for training in either the B757 or B767 simulators with either LDS or CFD configured cockpits as satisfying the requirements of FAR 121.423.