If you’re an aspiring Air Force pilot, you no longer have to worry about gaining access to the more than the 1,500 pages of training manuals, emergency procedure guidance and other publications you need to complete your training.
Airmen with the 80th Flying Training Wing created an app to make those documents available to pilots via their cellphones and tablets, according to a news release.
Student in undergraduate pilot training can now study whenever and wherever they want, without lugging around pages and pages of documents or worrying about access to a computer.
The Air Force’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019 will allow it to increase the number of new pilots it trains from 1,200 each year to 1,400.
“The mobility factor of the app can’t be undervalued,” said Lt. Col. Jason Colborn, former 80th Flying Training Wing director of staff and current Pilot Training Next commander. “Students away from a government computer, on a cross country flight, on temporary duty or at home can study pilot training materials effectively and efficiently.”
The training wing submitted its app to the Air Education and Training Command Innovation Challenge.
App users must be sent an invitation to retrieve a password and gain entrance, and their access is disabled upon completing pilot training.
The app also includes links to videos that show maneuvers and procedures referenced in the virtual documents.