Colin Rydon

Vice President Training, Safety & Compliance, L3 Commercial Aviation

Over my 16 year management career and 27 years flying experience, I have been lucky enough to have touched most functions of an airline and training organisation. I started my flying career with British Airways (BA) where I flew the B737, B757, B767, B747-100/200 and B747-400 aircraft. I became involved in all forms of pilot training and examining and was a TRI/TRE/SE on a number of aircraft. Being passionate about training and the desire to drive standards higher I became involved in management at BA. I held a number of different management positions at BA before leaving after 20 years’ service. Following BA I enjoyed a number of years at easyJet where I held a number of management roles whilst flying and training on the A320 as a TRI/TRE/SE. In 2013 I moved to Jetstar as Head of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot and I completed my Hong Kong and Singapore ATPLs along with my Hong Kong TRI/TRE. I returned to the UK as Director of Flight Operations at Flybe flying the Dash 8 turboprop, but managing a fleet of ATR, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.

I joined L3 Commercial Training Solutions as Vice President Training, Safety & Compliance where I am now responsible for all training across the academy and airline training organisations around the globe. I am delighted to be able to focus my energy now on the next generation of commercial pilots and to look to help drive standards of commercial pilot training to the highest possible level. During my career I have amassed over 10,000 flying hours and am still training and examining on the A320.

Advancing FTD Technologies and the Opportunity to the Pilot Training Journey

Training providers have a duty to provide the highest quality training possible while working to do so in the most effective and efficient way. As training device technology continues to advance it opens the opportunity to further increase the Flight Task Areas of Operations that can be offloaded from full flight devices to fixed training devices. Such offloading can provide equally effective training at a lower cost. In 2017 this took another big step forward with the world’s first FAA certified Level 7 fixed wing device. At L3 CTS we’re looking at opportunities to work with regulatory bodies to provide greater guidance on how training providers can look to increase the mix of training devices – and the opportunities they bring, such as self-learning, distance learning etc. – during the training journey for the wider benefit of the industry.