Vin Parker & Bill Whyte

Re-Imagined CRM and Professionalism in AQP

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Vin Parker, AQP Manager, Compass Airlines

Vin Parker is the manager of AQP at Compass Airlines, and serves as RAA AQP Working Group co-chair since 2014. He regularly participates in numerous AQP, MPL, and other pilot training industry work groups and committees; and also serves as an SME, providing independent AQP training counsel, including NASA Ames Research Center and San Jose State University Research Foundation. Mr. Parker’s aviation career began in 1987 with Pan American World Airways, London (LHR); followed by Mesaba, Northwest, Delta, and Compass Airlines.

William L. (Bill) Whyte, General Manager Flight Operations Training, Compass Airlines

Bill Whyte has been with Compass Airlines since its formation in 2006 and set up the Flight Training department to introduce the Embraer 175 into service for North West Airlines. Previously he was the Manager of Flight Training for Independence Air, responsible for all Canadair Regional Jet and Airbus A319 ground and flight training. Prior to Independence Air, he was the Manager of Ground Training for Atlantic Coast Airlines, responsible for implementing the ground training program for the Jetstream 32, Jetstream 41, Dornier 328 Jet and Canadair Regional Jet.A career military pilot with the British Royal Air Force (RAF), he graduated from the RAF Central Flying School as a qualified flight instructor in 1968 and in addition to front line squadron and staff assignments was associated with training pilots on jet aircraft until his retirement in 1997.Currently he is the General Manager of Flight Operations Training at Compass Airlines with responsibility for he development and implementation of all pilot training programs for the Embraer 175 fleet.

Re-Imagined CRM and Professionalism in AQP

With the regulatory change requirements established through PL 111-216, which outlines an extension of minimum flight hours to acquire an ATP, performance data suggests the industry has experienced a shift in new-hire pilot behaviours and completion rates. These trends are helping us identify areas of behaviour challenges, and lead to re-designing the criteria of behavioural standards that can provide better performance analysis.

The Pilot Professionalism Development initiative – and other criteria such as Pilot Monitoring and Situational Awareness – play a large role in this, fostering criteria development of qualification standards and observable behaviours that indicate professionalsim and crew excellence. These qualities are then incorporated into training data feedback, which can indicate more granularity for pilot selection, training, and safer line operations.