Bhanu Choudhrie plans to leverage an agile approach to his training model, reducing the cost of flying by training pilots in small, “maker” spaces where there are no long-term contracts, no formal training cycles, and no one-size-fits-all training programs. He is applying for a new FAA pilot training method patent on this model.
Bhanu Choudhrie sees pilot training as an industry where disruption is absolutely required. He has written a white paper on “The Digital Path to Becoming a Pilot,” which points out that high costs and multiple levels of training hinder the growth of the industry and create a barrier to entry. Acknowledging that the current system does not drive innovation, Choudhrie is working to replace it with a digitally-driven training model.
“Due to the type of training, it’s one of the most expensive forms of training in the world,” Choudhrie told InformationWeek, adding, “I think the pilot shortages will force the cost of pilot training to come down. So, the training business will remain in a very competitive environment as people keep coming up with better technologies.”
Bhanu Choudhrie says that AAG has disrupted aviation training in India in a way that hasn’t happened since the 1950s. “In the 1960s and 1970s, many people wanted to be pilots, but not very many would be good at it,” says Bhanu Choudhrie. “The ones who were good were really expensive, and it took time to train. So, it became expensive and limited the number of people who could become a pilot.”
Choudhrie says that there are two ways to train for a pilot’s license. “First, you fly, and then after a couple of years you learn. Second, you learn to fly on a simulator. This is an efficient way to train people. Bhanu Choudhrie acknowledges that technology is central to pilot training, especially for female pilots who may be seen as a relatively low priority target for the industry. In order to serve the industry’s growing number of female pilots, AAG is creating new training options, such as ones that are more accessible and tailored to remote locations. To know more click: here.