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The FAA and most other regulators do not approve training systems or courses. They only approve specific operator’s training programs.
In the U.S., each aviation company (ie: Part 135 or 91, Flight Schools, etc.) needs to get their training approved (usually by their FAA Primary Operations Inspector, or POI). Canada and other countries are similar.
Every company using our system gets their training audited by regulators. Since 2003, to our knowledge, nobody using our system has failed their audit due to anything related to the system itself. That’s literally thousands of successful regulatory audits of training in our system.
If necessary, we will work with your local FAA or regulatory office and inspectors to address any concerns they might have.
Most of our ASCENT Aviation E-training System sales in the last couple years were a result of a Transport Canada or FAA regulator recommending it. Neither Transport Canada or the FAA officially endorse it in any way (they are not allowed to), but the fact that we regularly pick up the phone and hear “Our inspector suggested we look into getting your system” speaks for itself.
Most of our sales have been the result of word-of-mouth from our clients and their inspectors.
ASCENT Aviation E-training System was designed exclusively for the aviation industry by experienced aviation experts.
The key needs of the aviation workplace for training technology are customization, usability, and affordability. So, each ASCENT customer gets their own system that they have complete control of at all times. Training courses are easily customized to each client’s operation (thus enabling you to get it approved). And our system works on any computer from any location with no need for I.T. resources.
PowerPoint (PPT) is very popular as a training aid, yet Microsoft never made it truly web compatible. You can create an online training course from PPT in our system with just a couple clicks, and it very nicely imports all the video, animations, sounds, and slide transitions.
However, PowerPoints are usually just the key ‘bullet points’ that go along with a live instructor’s presentation, so the PPT itself is often not good enough as a self-study training course. In out system, you have the option to import your PPT so each ‘slide’ becomes a separate Content Page in the online module. You can then add additional info (text, images, etc.) above or below the PPT slide content on any page, AND more importantly, add additional pages of content between ’slide’ pages, AND add Review questions every few pages to ensure the Student is actually reading and understand the content, AND set minimum page times, AND add demonstration video clips, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY add a full-featured exam at the end to make it a regulatory acceptable training course.
The flexibility our system has with integrating PPT content into your online training is unsurpassed.
In our system, every question has randomized answers. Every time the question loads, the answers are shuffled randomly, so it’s pretty difficult to cheat. In fact, about the best “cheat” you can do is either figure out what the right answer is or which of the answers are not the right ones, in either case you’ve actually learned it.
The system tracks login times, seconds per page, attempts per question, etc. and there are several other features to prevent cheating.
That’s the best thing about ASCENT Aviation E-training System. If there is a change required, it takes literally seconds to make an edit. You can easily keep your course content up to date and make any changes you want, when you want.
No problem. Just proctor it by having them log in and do their exam in your presence, or in the presence of someone you trust to act as proctor – anywhere in the world! There’s even a feature where you can schedule or time limit an exam, which works great with proctoring. Courses and exams can also be scheduled for specific time periods or set as time limited.
Our online training system downloads nothing to the user’s computer (no applets, no cookies other than normal expiring session cookies). To networks and firewalls, it is just a safe, simple website.
You have the ability to thoroughly test out every part of the system from your location to ensure it works fine before you buy.
We have seen all our clients realize significant reductions in training costs and time spent by trainers on classroom related training tasks. We have not yet heard of one person losing their job to online training. Instead, those trainers have become MORE valuable to their company.
Remember when we all thought computers were going to create the “paperless office”? Didn’t happen, did it!
What happens is the trainers spend far less time doing the mundane aspects of training like…
- preparing for classroom sessions
- scheduling employees for training sessions (and that can be a doozie!)
- preparing materials (handouts, tests, etc.)
- doing classroom lectures
- marking exams
- preparing documentation of training
- preparing for training audits
…and then are able to use all that time to do one-on-one instruction with people focusing on the areas they need help with.
ASCENT helps determine where individuals require additional training or assistance, then instantly informs their supervisor/trainer.
Yes! Your company’s own, customized, and complete system would be about $995 per year – all inclusive. And that gives you up to 25 users to expand to. You don’t need an I.T. department either.
Yes! Scalability is a non-issue. We can add tens of thousands of users today and there would likely be no noticeable effect on the system.
ASCENT Aviation E-training System even has the ability to enable large clients to create additional, separately branded online systems for each department or region, and control all that from one central point.
Just enter the questions you want into the Question Bank in the system, then when building your exam, for each learning point just choose ’New Random Question from Question Bank’, select the questions you would like it to choose from, and save. For that question in the exam, the system will randomly insert one of those you selected. You can do this for an unlimited number of questions in the exam.
By specific request of our clients, NO. In aviation technical and policy training (what most clients use ASCENT for), there is only ONE proper way to do things and you want them to learn that. No discussion.
Topics which benefit from open dialogue are best left in the classroom. This is often the case for things like some aspects of Customer Service, Sales, and initial Human Factors training.
However, we do include some great tools for communication between students and their designated coaches and instructors, and all that communication is documented.