Official Student Branch

21st Century Airline Flight Training

Capt Matthew GRAY FRAeS from Qantas Flight Operations will be presenting a talk on 21st Century Airline Flight Training at UNSW on Wednesday the 29th of November from 6pm (Ainsworth Building J17, Lecture Theatre G03). This event is proudly organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society - Sydney Branch.


Current work in Qantas Flight Training centres on Evidence Based Training (EBT), use of new technology, adult and blended learning and integrated training. Integrated training is a concept where all training should fit together and not be seen as standalone events. The topic of the talk centres on an integrated approach to airline pilot training, less checking and more training to proficiency. This provides a much better learning environment where pilots will learn more in an environment that encourages learning not Box ticking.

Qantas is challenging the traditional use of simulators, using far more Line Orientated Scenarios (LOS) and exploring 3 hour sessions to enhance learning and a more integrated approach where cognitive aspects of flying must overlay technical competencies. It is of little value to get a pilot to demonstrate a technically proficient instrument approach without cognitive aspects such as startle effect (In aviation, startle effect can be defined as an uncontrollable, automatic reflex that is elicited by exposure to a sudden, intense event that violates a pilot’s expectations) and advanced decision making.

New technologies are also being explored such as Virtual Reality (VR) that compliment simulators and far greater collaboration with Universities has been a main goal of Qantas to push the traditional boundaries of understanding and learning and drive pilot training in new directions in the 21st Century.


Captain Matt Gray graduated from the RAAF No. 112 Pilot's Course in 1981. He flew Caribou aircraft with the 38 Squadron for 3 years. From 1984-1988 he completed instructor training and instructed Advanced Flying training on Macchi aircraft at 2FTS and Strikemaster aircraft with 14 Sqn RNZAF. He completed RAAF service at Central Flying School as a staff instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner. From 1988 to present, Matt works at Qantas.

Matt has flown the B747/B767/B737 aircraft and is a type rated examiner for B767 and B737 and instructed at Qantas for 15 years. In addition to flying duties, he also has undertaken a number of managerial roles as Manager Flying Operations Audit, Fleet Manager B737, Head of Training and Checking and Deputy Chief Pilot Qantas Domestic and is currently the Head of Training and Checking at Qantas Airways.

He is also currently completing a Masters Degree of Aviation majoring in Human Factors at Swinburne University.

Following the presentation light supper (pizzas) will be provided to give the speaker and attendees the opportunity to mingle and to continue discussions.

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This is a FREE event and all are welcome, however tickets are strictly limited and registration is essential!