The lack of transition training has been cited as a causal factor in many general aviation accidents. Pilots may think of transition training as necessary when stepping up to a high performance or complex airplanes or from single-engine to multi-engine aircraft. Whether a pilot is transitioning to a higher performance aircraft, or to a different model, a sound transition training program should involve structure.
Gateway transition training is conducted in accordance with a written training syllabus.
Think of the syllabus as a checklist for training. As with an aircraft checklist, the syllabus provides a logical, systematic, and comprehensive approach to ensuring that you cover all the basics. It is also helpful to review the applicable practical test standards (PTS), which list the flight proficiency standards appropriate for the certificate and/or rating that the transitioning pilot holds. Insurance underwriter requirements must also be considered.