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Recipient Name
Consider introducing training on the limitations of human performance and methods of handling excessive workload, as part of the flying training syllabus.
• Require aircraft used for IFR air transport operations to be fitted with digital altimeters.
• Apply the requirements for additional familiarisation flying after gaining a type rating, prescribed for air transport flights under IFR, to the pilots of any IFR flight carrying passengers
• Amend Regulation 37, in the planned review of Civil Aviation Regulations, to reflect the responsibility of the Pilot in Command stated in Regulation 59(2) and the negotiability of an ATC clearance.
• Stipulate a minimum number of hours of instrument flight for pilots flying single pilot IFR on air transport operations.
• Introduce a requirement for a period of supervision, following a pilot's initial qualification for single pilot IFR flight.
• Adopt a stated policy that a pilot will not be prosecuted as a result of investigations following a bona fide request for assistance.
Reply Text
I acknowledge the importance of human performance training as an accident prevention measure. This subject has been part of a research programme - Human Resource Development in Aviation (HURDA) - undertaken by Massey University on behalf of the Civil Aviation/Air Transport Division over the past few years. The results of this programme are about to be trialled at Private Pilot Licence level.

Concurrent with the HURDA project trial, the Division has recently set in train a programme to introduce Human Factors training at Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) level. A syllabus based on the United Kingdom CAA training package will shortly be promulgated in the draft of CAR 61, and it is expected that, towards the end of 1992, a pass in the Human Factors examination will be a prerequisite for the issue of a CPL. This syllabus addresses the concerns expressed in your recommendation.
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