flightsmart completes acceptance testing at columbus afb

April 16, 2020

FlightSafety International announced that FlightSmart, the company’s new integrated pilot performance evaluation and training tool, has successfully completed acceptance testing at the Columbus Air Force Base. FlightSafety developed FlightSmart in conjunction with IBM, a world leader in advanced analytics and AI.

FlightSafety received a contract in November 2019 for FlightSmart from the United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC). It is for implementation of FlightSmart at Columbus AFB on 16 T-6A training devices, including Initial and Operational Flight Trainers.

“FlightSmart collects and analyzes pilot performance data using advanced analytics that are presented on a real-time web-based dashboard,” said Bert Sawyer, Director Strategic Management. “FlightSmart facilitates a departure from qualitative-based instruction towards evidence and competency-based training. It employs Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology to capture insights using evidence-based training methodologies and then predicts the best training approach to learning by providing instructors with a comprehensive understanding of a pilot’s strengths and weaknesses.”

FlightSafety is working closely with Columbus AFB instructors to optimize the design and development of the FlightSmart interface. It enables instructors to proactively address any deficiencies by optimizing the training curriculum while focusing on areas that need improvement, as opposed to repetitive actions rooted in a fixed syllabus.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations.

FlightSafety’s highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.