Colin Rydon

Tracking Eye Movements for the Benefit of Pilot Training

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Colin Rydon, Vice President Training, Standards & Development / Head of Training (UK EASA ATO-475), L3Harris Commercial Aviation

Colin Rydon holds the regulatory position as Head of Training on the UK EASA ATO, a position held since June 2017. Responsible for all training across the Academy and Airline Training businesses, whilst driving forward training standards and development across the organization. In addition responsible for business development and exploration of data analytics whilst overseeing airline training operations in UK, Thailand and US.

Over his 20 year management career and 30 years flying experience, he has touched most functions of an airline and training organisation. Having started flying with British Airways where he flew the B737, B757, B767, B747-100/200 and B747-400 aircraft. He 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 he became involved in management at BA. He held a number of different management positions at BA before leaving after 20 years’ service. Following BA he enjoyed a number of years at easyJet where he held a number of management roles whilst flying and training on the A320 as a TRI/TRE/SE. In 2013 he moved to Jetstar as Head of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot and completed his Hong Kong and Singapore ATPLs along with Hong Kong TRI/TRE authorizations. Colin 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.

He is now delighted to be able to focus his energy on the next generation of commercial pilots and to look to help drive standards of commercial pilot training to the highest possible levels across the globe. During his career he has amassed over 10,000 flying hours and is still training and examining on the A320.

Tracking Eye Movements for the Benefit of Pilot Training

Knowing what a pilot or trainee pilot is looking at could be just as important as assessing the outcomes of their actions. This year L3 will be installing the first permanent eye-tracking system into a civil full flight simulator. The technology will help to standardize head-up display flight training which will provide real-time monitoring and post-scenario debrief.

The implementation of eye tracking technology is a substantial development within the world of pilot training and will provide critical data to better measure, tailor and advance training programs. Going forward it is clear to see the opportunities for this type of technology across a much wider area of pilot training.