Air Carrier Check Airman Training: An Adult Education Model

John Henschke
Roger Manson
Thomas Weitzel


Air carrier check airman selection and training is generally based on technical expertise. Teaching and learning styles are not currently part of the curriculum in theses training programs and thus may contribute to the significant dropouts and training problems. A model consisting of five building blocks that make up a systematic training program is introduced that may aid the non-experienced teacher of adults. Many air carrier check airmen have several years teaching experience, however for the purpose of this paper non-experienced with refer to those individuals who have not received formal training in teaching and learning styles of adults. A field survey of line instructor pilots was conducted in 1999 at a major air carrier and the results of the survey support the model presented.