How to achieve Correlation in Aviation

Kay Vereeken
September 18, 2020
In my 20 years of Aviation Experience as an Airline Pilot and Chief Instructor, I have frequently noticed that the basic concepts of Aviation Theory were very often misunderstood or simply not understood at all.

It’s a fact that a vast majority of pilots today do not possess the knowledge to reach the highest level of learning, which is correlation. The problem my team and I have identified is that the core issue lies at the very basic level of training. A Private Pilot for example, simply studies theory in order to tick the box, but that won’t help him to become a good decision maker later in his or her career.

Take the example of a Stall Recovery:

We constantly meet people that, if we’re lucky, are able to recall theoretical concepts on a so called rote level, for instance, defining a stall. But they usually do not even possess the second level, understanding why and how the airplane stalls.

In most cases, they are able to recognize and recover from a stall exercise, especially in a safe training environment where a stall is expected. But, when we expose even the most experienced pilots in the simulator to an unseen developing stall scenario, every pilot pulls the yoke!

It’s truly incredible and scary at the same time. In other words, the level of “correlation” has never been reached. It is no surprise that the major cause of accidents in aviation is still Loss Of Control (LOC).  

Based upon on our research, this is because:

  • An insufficient basic level of theoretical knowledge exists worldwide;
  • Too much of the flight training today is “Skill Based”; in other words teaching a pilot how to only FLY or manipulate an airplane.
  • Little or no training goes to Risk Assessment, especially in the early stages of the flight training. This is frequently overlooked.
  • The level of correlation has never been reached.

EASA and the FAA did a great job in addressing this issue by means of the mandatory Upset Prevention and Recovery training. But we’re convinced this is too late in the training path to become a pilot.

Therefore my team and I worked hard to produce an EASA and FAA compliant Training Program that addresses all of these issues. We worked day and night to produce a complete iBook set which is designed to make the most complicated theoretical topics of a Private Pilot Basic Level understandable. This was done by designing a lot of explanatory images and schematics to digest all this.

But that was not enough. As people we learn not only by reading a book, it is crucial to use as many senses as possible.

So therefore, we made a Video Companion App for all Smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). This App explains all the topics covered in our books in depth by knowledgeable experts, in an easy and understandable way.

The combination of our iBook Series and our Video Companion App is unique and it’s EASA and FAA compatible, which makes it useable worldwide by Flight Schools and Instructors. We firmly believe that it’s our duty to increase the level of knowledge so that Pilots worldwide become better decision makers and managers.  Not reaching this correlation level in aviation is detrimental to the future of Aviation Safety.

We know it’s a small contribution, but I am convinced we need to start small and find pilots, instructors and schools around the world to adopt this method of teaching.

Together we can make Aviation on all levels safer, whether you’re a private Pilot with or without instrument rating, or a commercial pilot or an Airline Pilot.
About the Author:
Kay Vereeken
Kay Vereeken started his Aviation Career at the age of 16 and did his first commercial flight at the age of 21. He worked for 3 different Airlines in Europe, flying the F50 and BAE146. Ten years and 8,500 flying hours later, he decided to dedicate his life to his ultimate passion: Professional Pilot Training. Together with his spouse, he founded, EuroPilot Center (Antwerp) and SoCal Pilot Center (Southern California).