Recent Projects

Information about a selection of projects recently completed by McKechnie Aviation.

Training on new requirements for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.

McKechnie Aviation has provided theoretical training to simulator instructors on the (new) requirements for upset prevention and recovery training for commercial air transport pilots. This training has been provided in-house to airlines and business jet operators as well as during courses hosted by McKechnie Aviation. Attendees have included instructors and training managers from several major ATOs and airlines.

Training of Inspecting Staff for a European National Aviation Authority.

McKechnie Aviation was approached by a European National Aviation Authority to provide theoretical training for Flight Operations Inspectors. The scope of the training was the organisational requirements of the Air Operations and Aircrew Regulations and the Operational requirements for Commercial Air Transport Operators. Two separate modules were delivered consecutively over the course of a week. Flight Operations Inspectors and other NAA technical staff attended the training as did senior management personnel of several aircraft operators and training organisations (ATOs). This combined training provided a great opportunity to develop a common understanding of the regulations between industry and regulator.

Technical Assistance to the Directorate of Civil Aviation of a South East Asian nation

McKechnie Aviation participated in a series of meetings hosted by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) of a South-East Asian state. The objective of the meetings was to assist the DCA to develop a national regulation for pilot training based on the European Aircrew Regulation. At the first meetings Andrew McKechnie explained the philosophy, structure and content of the Aircrew Regulation. There were three further meetings over the course of 12 months at which the detail of the regulation was discussed. The end result was that the state has a regulation based on European standards but tailored to the particular needs of that state and, most importantly, the technical staff have a detailed understanding of the regulation and the competence to conduct further regulatory development in-house (this project was funded by the European Union).

Conduct of audits for potential ‘wet lease’ providers on behalf of a regional airline.

A UK regional airline had a need to lease-in additional capacity, but did not have the resources to develop the required procedures or conduct audits of potential wet-lease providers. McKechnie Aviation produced a ‘whitelisting’ procedure which was subsequently approved by the CAA. McKechnie Aviation then conducted audits of two aircraft operators and provided detailed reports to the client airline. The client airline was therefore able to take advantage of a significant commercial opportunity.