CAL Flight training dept provides flight training amid border closures
This weekend, Cayman Airways Limited Flight Training Department engaged in flight training for local pilots to maintain "Pilot Recency of Experience", which is a regulatory requirement. This is in keeping with the activities of airlines around the globe, that are carrying out similar strategies to ensure that crews remain proficient with their core skills while borders are closed.
The operational training flight, which took place on Saturday, is a part of the mitigation strategy by the airline to ensure that pilots maintain their proficiency with flying CAL's Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The training flight departed Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) at 9.30 am and was under the guidance of Captain Stephen Coe as the Manager Of Flight Training, and Captain Perry Panton, Cayman Airways' Chief Pilot.
"Due to the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Cayman's borders being closed, the pilots have been unable to attend their regularly scheduled simulator recurrent training at Boeing's Miami campus," explained Captain Coe. "This is not taken lightly, and through efforts with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI), regulatory extensions were granted to the Cayman Airways crews to conduct these training flights to help meet our training requirements."
"This morning's training flight will create the illusion of a busy day at ORIA, as 15 take-offs and landings will occur in a relatively short period of time," said Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms. "This is in part due to four pilots requiring three take-offs and landings each - it is a regulatory requirement that each pilot completes three landings in 90 days for "Recency of Experience" requirements."
Onboard Saturday's training flight were the following pilots: Captain Olson Anderson; First Officer Leroy McLaughlin; First Officer William McTaggart; and First Officer Garrett Conolly.