At the RFC School of Special Flying at Gosport, Eng., Major Robert Smith-Barry introduced a curriculum based on a balanced
combination of academic classroom training and dual flight instruction. Philosophically, Smith-Barry's system was based not on avoiding potentially dangerous manoeuvres (as had been the case before)
but on exposing the student to them in a controlled manner so that he could learn to recover from them, thereby gaining confidence and skill. Technologically, it was based on the Avro 504J, a specialised
training aircraft with dual controls, good handling characteristics, adequate power, and in-flight communication between instructor and student by means of a system of soft rubber tubing the Gosport
tube. For the first time, military pilots flew into action as masters of their aeroplanes. The Gosport system of training was eventually adopted at training schools throughout the world, remaining the
dominant method of civil and military flight instruction into the jet age. “ The Technology of War Air transport and training.”
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