Captain Phil Cullen

Director, GreenstoneStarling

Phil has a wide range of practical experience advocating safe practice in operational management across the aviation sector. With a career spanning roles in maintenance, cabin crew, flight operations and pilot training, Phil’s unique background enables him to provide a holistic perspective on safety and operational issues as they might manifest in various parts of an organisation. He is an experienced UK CAA Senior Examiner, with an in-depth knowledge of Flight Operations in various states’ regulatory environments, gained whilst a UK CAA Flight Operations & Training Inspector. As Director of Flight Operations in the start-up phase of COBALT AERO, a new Cyprus based A320 airline, he is acutely aware of the challenges facing today’s operators. Phil continues to take an active role in European Aviation Safety Regulation as the Chair of the Evidence-based Training Rule-making Group at the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, Cologne. He remains a current pilot on worldwide VIP A320 operations. 

Training the Trainers for EBT – an easyJet Example

The release of the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) on Evidence-based Training from EASA is due at the end of July.

The industry will see a significant ‘shift’ in the philosophy of pilot training and more significantly instructor training.

As EBT focuses on observable behaviours and competencies for grading pilots, it is ever more important that instructors receive the correct training to ensure that the grading output is accurate, can be standardised and therefore the grading scores can be analysed with confidence in their acquisition, when identifying trends or querying the competence of a particular demographic eg: command upgrade.

Working with easyJet, we have developed training videos for this purpose. Using them in instructor training allows a controlled environment to achieve and ensure standardisation.

Our presentation will demonstrate the videos and the learning points than can be achieved by using them, in addition to how an operator can develop their own.