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PERCEVAL, the future of airline pilot training

PERCEVAL - Photo credits: © Simaero
Photo credits: © Simaero
Thales and its partners ENAC, the Centre Borelli, the applied mathematics laboratory of ENS Paris-Saclay, Simaero, AviaSim and Corsair, working as part of a consortium, are developing a tool-based methodology for assessing pilot behaviour as part of the PERCEVAL (Pilot bEhaviouR and CompEtency EVALuation) project.
The aim of this research project is to validate a new approach to assessing airline pilots and air traffic controllers.

This consortium brings together the expertise of all the players involved in training: airline, training centre, training school, research laboratory and industry.

The PERCEVAL project L (Pilot bEhaviouR and CompEtency EVALuation)

Supported by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), the PERCEVAL (Pilot bEhaviouR and CompEtency EVALuation) project is being conducted by a consortium led by Thales, with partners including the ENAC training school, the Centre Borelli research laboratory at ENS Paris-Saclay, the Corsair airline and the Simaero and AviaSim training centres.
Its aim is to validate a new approach to assessing airline pilots and air traffic controllers.
It aims to meet the new flight safety requirements of the DGAC and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The field of civil aviation training is currently undergoing major changes, thanks in particular to the introduction of new training and assessment methods such as the EBT (Evidence-Based Training) concept.
A major contribution of this approach lies in the attention paid to non-technical skills and their mastery to develop the confidence and ability of crews to recognise and manage unexpected or unpredictable situations.

Centre Borelli

The Centre Borelli is an interdisciplinary research laboratory specialising in mathematics at interfaces and integrative and behavioural neuroscience.
This joint research unit (UMR 9010) brings together researchers in mathematics, computer science and neuroscience who are highly involved in interfaces with the biomedical field and industrial transfer.

École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC)

ENAC, under the supervision of the French Ministry of Ecology and Solidarity Transition, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), brings together teaching and research in aeronautical engineering, air navigation and aircraft piloting.
Each year, ENAC welcomes over 2,000 students enrolled in more than 30 study programmes, and 3,500 trainees enrolled in continuing education programmes.
ENAC's 28,000 graduates can be found in around a hundred different countries on 5 continents, proof of the university's international influence. Its size and its human and teaching resources make ENAC the leading air transport university in Europe today.


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