Captain Chris Ranganathan

Training Effective Flight Path Monitoring

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Captain Chris Ranganathan, Vice President Operations Training, Etihad Airways
An active pilot on the Boeing 777 and 787, Chris has been involved in pilot training management for over 20 years, in an aviation career spanning 30 years.

In his current role as the post-holder for crew training, he is responsible for ensuring Etihad Airways’ crew training programs.

During his career, he has been instrumental in the introduction of innovative training concepts and programs. Examples of this include the introduction of the region’s first Advanced Qualification Program in the ’90s, and more recently, the introduction of an Evidence Based Training program for all types at the airline and an MPL program at the Etihad Flight College that uses the Embraer Phenom in the Core and Basic phases.

A CAT award winner in 2018, Chris holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Training Effective Flight Path Monitoring (EFPM)
Correlating data from our LOSA, Internal Safety Incident Investigations and EBT database indicated that common causes for UAS in line operations or in training were all linked to one or more crew behaviours, that could collectively be described as indicators of Ineffective Flight Path Monitoring. 

A review of our curricula revealed that while the need to teach flight path monitoring was implied in several lessons and courseware, it was currently not an area of specific emphasis in either pilot training or evaluation. It seemed logical therefore, to focus our attention on explicitly teaching effective flight path monitoring.