Dr. David Freiwald

Vice President Standards and Quality, AeroGuard Flight Training Center

David Freiwald, Ph.D., FRAeS, CSP, is the Vice President Standards and Quality at AeroGuard flight Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Dr. Freiwald is also a Professor of Graduate Studies in Aviation and Transportation at Lewis University in Daytona Beach, Florida. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Certified Safety Professional, and Master Flight Instructor, Dr. Freiwald has been a pilot for over 30 years engaged in ab initio, airline, and academic flight training. As an Airbus A320 TRI/TRE for a major US airline, he managed the airline’s transition to scenario-based Advanced Qualification curricula while using continuous improvement and quality practices to drive the airline’s training objectives.

Dr. Freiwald is the author of 24 scholarly publications and has been an invited speaker at dozens of conferences including the Bombardier Safety Stand-down, the CHC Safety and Quality Summit, the American Society of Safety Engineers annual conference, and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, among others. 

The Use of Training Management Systems in Ab Initio Pilot Training for Optimal Performance

Modeled after the successful Safety Management System (SMS), the Training Management System (TMS) model shows great promise and will deliver benefits to airlines, regulators, and pilots. The TMS will allow airlines and training providers to use a well-defined system to identify, construct, and deliver curriculum that is relevant and current, without wasting resources on items that are not. A TMS will similarly allow regulatory bodies and agencies to know that a well-defined process is in place to ensure compliance and quality. The objective of the TMS is to provide a structured management system to control risk in operations. A quality training program plays a key role in risk management by giving pilots the technical and non-technical tools to minimize risk. As safety is a managerial process shared by regulators, operators, Training Organizations, OEMs, and pilots, for the pilot training program to be successful the education, awareness, and input of all of these stakeholders are crucial. The Training Management System described in this presentation starts with the design and implementation of processes. Every stakeholder involved in pilot training needs to understand his responsibility in the Training Management System so that each pilot receives the necessary training to be competent and confident in exercising his job. This presentation will detail an applied model for the TMS in ab initio flight training and how it can be used to optimize training to ensure optimal throughput while simultaneously improving quality.