1.1 PBS – Practice Booking Session
This is the recurrent training for pilots conducted once in six months. Though IR is valid for one year and PPC for six months, IndiGo policy is to carry out IR check along with PPC every six months. So the trainees need to be trained to appropriate standards. CAR, Section 8, Series F, Part II, Appendix 3, Recurrent Training and Checking – Pilots, Para1b (i) states the following:-
The aeroplane/FSTD training programme shall be established such that all major failures of aeroplane systems and associated procedures will have been covered in the preceding three-year period. It shall be ensured that crew coordination, support and PM duties are adequately trained to proficiency prior to recurrent checks.
Though, as per the CAR all systems need to be covered over three years, we will be covering all systems over 4 PPC cycles. So, to meet the requirement, all major systems have been divided in to 4 groups, A, B, C & D (as given in our training forms) You may start with any group, but the next PBS cycles should follow the sequence of A-B-C-D-A-B-C-D…..
It may be noted that for a pair of trainees coming for PBS, the group required to be covered for each trainee could be different depending on the last PBS.
To meet the above CAR requirement, we have also introduced an assessment of PM duties during the PBS.
SFOs with total flying hours of 1500 hrs or more would be assessed for Command Potential as well.
Trainees are required to carry the last three PBS and IR/PPC forms so that the trainer is able to select the required profiles

1.2 Handling Session: Loft Profile

2:30 Hours PBS including the LOFT profiles and RAW data, including aircraft handling high altitude as recommended by Airbus OTT.
Exercises to be selected from one of the group (A to D) as per the sequence of A-BC-D-A-B-C-D….. to ensure all systems are covered over 04 PBS sessions.

Additionally, all relevant exercise as mentioned in the Recurrent Training Form shall be carried out. E.g. TCAS, CFIT, Incapacitation, etc. Performance Limited Airfield for Pilots cleared for such airports e.g. IXJ, PAT, DIB.

1.3 UPRT:

Refer Appendix-A on how to carry out UPRT.
Details on UPRT are given in Airbus Flight Operations Transmission (FOT) Reference:
999.0021/17 Rev 01 dated 18-OCT-2017 and Airbus OTT Reference 999.0012/17 Rev 00dated 10-FEB-2017.

1.4 LOFT Profiles: Refer Appendix B

1.5 All Weather Operations
LVTO – All IndiGo Pilots (CAPT / F/O) are LVTO qualified and must undergo LVTO
Recurrent Training and form to be filled accordingly.
CAT II/III – All Pilots who are CAT-II/III cleared or have undergone CAT-II/III SIM Training will be trained for CAT-II/III Recurrent SIM Training. Minimum 03 approach including one go around.
Though PBS is usually a recurrent training, occasionally, in case of performance issues during other forms of training, e.g , Additional/Remedial Training, Failure in CA40 etc, additional PBS is recommended.
In such cases the same PBS form shall be used though the selection of exercises would be as per recommendation or requirement of the concerned trainee.

1.6 ZFTT – Zero Flight Time Training
Profile to be followed as per ZFTT Training Form. Emphasis to be given on proper landing techniques including CONFIG 3 Landings. Reference is drawn to FDM trends on Long Floats, hard landings etc.

1.7 AWO – All Weather Operations
Pilots scheduled for AWO Simulator need to undergo Ground Training of 01:00 hour before the Simulator Training Session with the Simulator Instructor.
Ground training shall cover, but not be limited to:
Aircraft Performance during Take-off and Landing with specific emphasis on
wet and contaminated runway conditions.
Calculation of take-off and landing field lengths and impact of individual failure
events (type specific).
Use of weather radar (type specific)
Techniques of weather avoidance.
Indian monsoon climatology
ALAR and Adverse Weather Tool Kit
Simulator Profile to be followed as per AWO Training Form.

Pilots scheduled for LVTO Simulator need to undergo Ground Training of 01:00 hour before the Simulator Training Session with the Simulator Instructor.
Ground training for LVTO shall:
o Outline the procedures and techniques, conditions and requirements (like MEL,
Special Weather phenomenon etc.) for reduced visibility take-off under
weather conditions below landing minima. Emphasis should be given on taxiing
in low visibility conditions; CRM for Low Visibility Operations; R/T procedures
and avoidance of runway incursions
Simulator Profile to be followed as per LVTO Training Form.
Usually AWO & LVTO Simulator Sessions are planned as part of Type Rating /
Command Upgrade Training.
When AWO/LVTO Simulator Sessions are combined, the Pre SIM Ground Training has to be of 02:00 hours. So the reporting time would be D minus 02:30 hrs.

1.9 STL – Supervised Take Off & Landing
Simulator Profile to be followed as per STL Training & Check Form.

1.10 RHS – Pilot Qualification to Operate in Either Pilot’s Seat
The Simulator Training & Check is carried out for all Captains.
Captains qualified for CAT-II/III, would also carry out PM duties during RHS Training & Assessment as mentioned in the form.

1.11 Pre Command Assessment
1.11.1 Objective:
Assessment focuses on learning, teaching and outcomes. This is not an evaluation. An evaluation is judgmental. An assessment provides information for improving learning. Assessment is an interactive process between the student and trainer that informs the training department how well the students have learned what was taught to them. The information will be used by the trainer to
assist them in improving the learning in the subsequent simulator session or Command SLF. This information is learner-centered.


During the session, the trainer will identify the areas to focus on during command upgrade simulator training. Using the competency grading, each competency will be given a grade.
Apart from providing a grade the trainer will also give detailed information on each competency, especially areas of improvement.
Though the objective of the Pre Command Assessment is to identify key areas of focus and attention during the Command Upgrade process, extremely poor performance would be brought to the notice of Chief Pilot Training. For a trainee to be cleared for Command Upgrade, the trainee should have displayed a Grade of 03 or more in at least 05 competencies. Additionally a Grade 1 in any competency, would be considered Unsuitable.

1.12 Command Upgrade –
Simulator Profiles as mentioned in the training forms are to be used.
Command Upgrade Training should focus on Captaincy Skills including Airbus
Exercises should be planned in such a way that reflects a real life profile. However,
during the initial stages it shall be ensured that all manoeuver based exercises are
completed and training is proficient. Subsequent profiles could be more of LOFT
scenarios. However the nomenclature of FFS 01 to FFS 08 will be TRAINING and FFS 09 would be LOFT.
In case of additional training requirements, the PIR (Progress Incident Report) Form to be filled and detailed report to be mailed to Chief Pilot Training, Fleet Captain Training and Fleet Supervisor Training.

1.13 EDTO –
EDTO Simulator Training Session will be of 02:00 hrs duration with a standard pairing of 01 Captain and Co Pilot occupying the LHS & RHS respectively.
EDTO Profiles as mentioned in training form is to be followed.

1.14 Kathmandu –
Kathmandu Simulator Training Session – DAY will be of 01:00 hour duration with a
standard pairing of 01 Captain and Co Pilot occupying the LHS & RHS respectively.
Kathmandu Simulator Training Session – NIGHT will be of 01:00 hour duration with a standard pairing of 01 Captain and Co Pilot occupying the LHS & RHS respectively.
Kathmandu Training Profiles as mentioned in training form is to be followed.

1.15 Line Training Captain Upgrade –
Simulator Profiles as mentioned in the training forms are to be used.

1.16 Instructor Upgrade –
Simulator Profiles as mentioned in the training forms are to be used

1.17 Designated Examiner Upgrade –
Simulator Profiles as mentioned in the training forms are to be used.

1.18 IR/PPC Check –
 To be conducted by Designated Examiners only.
 Though there is no restriction on the same DE carrying out consecutive IR/PPC Checks or a Pilot, it would be our endeavour to avoid more than 02 consecutive IR/PPC Checks with the same Examiner. DEs noting that they have repeatedly been planned for Check of a particular trainee would bring it to the notice of Chief Pilot. Though they can go ahead with the Check as per regulations.
 The duration of IR/PPC Check would be 02:00 hrs.
 Only LHS to be circled for Captains. RHS training and check would be carried out as TRI (A) privilege separately.
 Marking of Crew Status –
o For a Recurrent IR/PPC, crew status to be marked as Licensed PIC or Co Pilot as
o For Initial Type Rating CA40/41 Check for a Co Pilot, crew status would be
Trainee Co Pilot.
o For Initial Type Rating CA 40/41 Check for a Transition Captain, crew status
would be Trainee PIC.
o For SFO to Command Upgrade CA 40/41 Check, crew status would be Licensed
Co Pilot (even though the seat occupied is LHS)
 Optional exercises which are not carried out would be marked (NA). Earlier we have been marking ( – )
 Attached sample IR/PPC form considers a Captain as CAT III qualified/ SIM training done and a Co pilot who is only LVTO qualified/SIM done.
 All our Pilots undergo LVTO simulator training / check during the type rating and will be trained & checked for LVTO during Recurrent Training/Check. All Pilots who are CAT-II/III SIM trained, will be trained & checked for CAT-II/III during Recurrent Training/Check.
 To ensure compliance with CAR 8F2 Appendix 3 Para 2. (a) (i), the following process is to be followed for IR/PPC sessions.
 As per the CAR, all items in 3.4 of form CA40/CA41 are to be completed in a 3 year checking cycle: The total number of systems are 16. To ensure that we are always in compliance with the CAR and have additional margin, we should select at least 4 items 3.4.0 to 3.5. and also ensure that all the 16 items are selected over 4 IR/PPC checks.
 To enable the DEs to know which of the items have been selected in the previous cycles, the trainees must carry the last three (03) IR/PPC forms.
Similarly at least 4 items from 3.6.1 to 3.6.8 to be selected and ensured that all 8 items are completed over two IR/PPC. However, item 3.6.4 M Recognition and Management of Threat and Error (For Issuance of ATPL/IR) is a mandatory item to be marked during Skill Test/PPC. Although para 3.6 Abnormal and emergency procedures directs trainers to mark minimum of 3 M items from 3.6.1 to 3.6.8, as a process it has been decided with immediate effect to perform and mark the item 3.6.4 as a compulsory activity in all Skill Tests (day and night)/IR-PPC .
 So the DE sees the last IR/PPC form and ensures that any item not marked in the last IR/PPC is marked this time.
 All DEs are expected to be fully conversant with relevant regulations including CAP 7200 which contains guidelines on conduct of Checks. One very important para which deals with how we treat trainees is pasted below:-
o Quote “Most pilots will dislike the prospect of being tested. Some applicants
may become nervous, which might affect their performance. The attitude and
approach of the examiner can do much to overcome these difficulties. The
examiner must establish a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which will enable
the applicant to properly demonstrate his abilities. A severe or hostile approach
by the examiner must be avoided, and will not be tolerated by the DGCA”
 DEs holding concurrent TRI-A approvals would be carrying out RHS Training & Check for Captains post the IR/PPC Check. The RHS Training & Check would be carried out as per Privileges of TRI-A and separate stamp to be used. Pilot logbook to be filled separately. Refer RHS Training guidelines section.

1.19 Skill Test –
 To be carried out as per regulatory provisions.
 Generally Skill Test by Day is planned first followed by Skill Test by Night on second day along with IR/PPC.
 CRM form too needs to be filled