Eamonn Powers

How Can Professional Training Organizations Fill the Gap Between Class and Cockpit with Informal Training?

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Eamonn Powers, Director of Programs, DFW Learning Center, FlightSafety International

Eamonn Powers is the Director of Programs for FlightSafety International’s Dallas Learning Centers, leading the development efforts for Mid-Cabin Gulfstream, Falcon, Pilatus, Bell, Airbus, Embraer and Honeywell Pilot and Maintenance training programs. He is an ATP, CFI and A&P with type ratings in several aircraft. He has a B.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of North Dakota, and is currently working towards his PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from Old Dominion University’s Darden School of Education. When he’s not at work or reading he can be found on the trails or in the back country running, scrambling, or swimming with his wife, two kids (with another on the way), and three dogs.


How Can Professional Training Organizations Fill the Gap Between Class and Cockpit with Informal Training?

For professional training organizations things like structure and standardization are not only strategic goals, they are business requirements aimed to create repeatable, measured results. Despite this, current research in aviation training suggests that close to 80% of job related learning is occurring via informal channels (Watkins, Ellinger & Grant Wofford, 2013). In recent years the concept of informal training has come to the forefront in the greater training marketplace. Of considerable interest is the use of informal training via technology mediated boundary crossings, specifically the development of mobile platform solutions that can continue to instill positive training cultures between designated training events. By “continuing” the conversation between formalized training events, training organizations can continue to emphasize their importance to furthering flight safety while also meeting the marketplace demands for adaptive, modular, competency based training. This presentation will look into the current research into informal training and attempt to point out ways that professional aviation training organizations can participate in the informal training process with the underlying goal of increasing consistency and standardization amongst flight crews and improving flight safety.