Captain Chris Ranganathan

Captain Chris Ranganathan, Senior Director Training Strategy and Services, CAE

Developing Better Pilots, Faster

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An active pilot, Chris has been involved in pilot training and training management for over 20 years, in an aviation career spanning more than 30 years.

During his career, he has been instrumental in the introduction of innovative training concepts and programs at several airlines. Immediately prior to joining CAE, Chris was Vice President Operations Training at Etihad Airways, where he was responsible for the introduction of EBT on all types and the implementation of MPL cadet pilot training that used the Embraer Phenom in the Basic phase of the program.

In his current role, he is responsible for leading CAE’s Civil Aviation Strategy team, including Regulatory Affairs, Training Standards, Aviation Safety, MPL training and Training Solutions.

A CAT Magazine Pioneer award winner in 2018, Chris holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Developing Better Pilots, Faster

CAE proposes a framework that combines data and analytical insights, along with regulatory requirements, as a basis for the design of pilot training curriculums.

A thorough training needs analysis is suggested, where the following elements are considered and constitute the basis of the design framework:

– Reason for training

– Scope of training

– Task analysis

– Selection of most appropriate training methods

The evaluation of training effectiveness relies on evidence from both, aircraft operations and data obtained from CAE’s training management systems. CAE’s Rise™ system provides real-time insights that assist the trained instructor in performing standardised evaluations: and when used with CAE’s analytics services, allows for refinement of program design. An effective, forward looking, data-driven approach to training, that addresses the needs of an individual, is suggested as a key enabler to training better pilots, faster.