Scott Nutter

Flight Operations, General Manager – Pilot Learning & Development, Delta Air Lines

Scott Nutter joined Delta Air Lines in 1998 and assumed the position of General Manager – Research, AQP and Development in 2008. Scott is responsible for the systems and processes associated with Delta’s Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), pilot training curricula and courseware. This includes development of e-learning programs and training evaluation systems. Mr. Nutter managed Delta’s contract pilot training center for seven years serving customers from over thirty countries. Prior to joining Delta, Mr. Nutter spent fourteen years in business aviation in positions of increasing responsibility including First Officer, Captain and Chief Pilot. He also served as a manufacturer Senior Demonstration Captain as well as simulator instructor, flight instructor and FAA designated examiner.Scott graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986 with degree in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management. In addition to FAA pilot and instructor certificates, he holds professional certifications from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Optimizing the Simulation Continuum – Curriculum Design is the Driver

Technological innovation occurs at an ever increasing pace. Aviation is no exception and pilot training leaders need clearly articulated simulation strategies to fully leverage new capabilities. Before committing significant capital investment in FAA level 7 FTDs, mobile and desktop simulation tools, Adaptive Learning, and V/R-A/R systems, air carriers must work with regulators, industry organizations and labor to ensure benefits in training effectiveness and efficiency are understood by all.

Delta’s Airbus A350 Level 7 FTD entered into service in August 2017. The company’s simulation acquisition plan includes millions in capital investment and “from scratch” development of training devices for new aircraft types. These circumstances and others resulted in a rigorous analysis of current training methodologies used in all pilot training curricula. The resulting data is shaping the way the airline will train pilots well into the future.

While aircraft simulation technology will advance rapidly, airlines and training providers will continue to invest in devices with an expected 20+ year useful life. 21st century training curricula must consider current and evolving simulation technologies to be successful. The session will focus on overall strategy, specific examples, lessons learned and recommended practices.