Jeppesen recently announced what the company calls “blended learning” — a complete training solution, offering students, instructors and flight schools flight training programs designed to work together to make the process of learning to fly more efficient. The solution combines courses that have been in existence for years with recently released offerings.
Jeppesen offers its textbook sets as well as online training programs ranging from the sport pilot course through the recently added commercial multiengine rating. To complement the rating-specific training programs, Jeppesen offers “Aircraft Total Training” products for common training airplanes such as the Cessna 172, Diamond DA-40 and Piper PA-44 Seminole. These programs dive deeper into the details of how to fly the airplanes, from startup to shutdown, and how to complete maneuvers and procedures.
There are also avionics courses for several handheld and panel mounted Garmin GPS systems as well as the G1000 that help the student learn the concepts of how to operate the system without having to pay for the cost of flying the airplane at the same time.
The idea is to get the student to a deeper level of understanding of the flight training concepts on the ground rather than trying to learn while flying the airplane. Rather, “the airplane is where the concepts come together,” said Julie Filucci, senior manager, Jeppesen Aviation Training Solutions.
The student-specific programs mesh with Jeppesen’s “Companion Guides,” which help the instructor prepare for each lesson, whether it’s on the ground or in the air.
Part of Jeppesen’s complete training package is to help the flight school focus more on its customers and less on managing the business. The flight school specific product is called “SkyManager” and helps with scheduling, aircraft dispatch, maintenance tracking and more.
For students who are disciplined enough to train at home, Jeppesen’s solution could make a big difference in the pocket book. The program also makes the instructor’s job easier by providing a logical process for lesson planning and homework assignments, and helps the flight school run more efficiently. Each course can be purchased separately or flight schools can opt to purchase the total package. Pricing varies depending on the size of the school.