Issue 4/2018 – Annual Training Sourcebook
Advertising Deadline: 20th July 2018
Publication Date: 10th August 2018
Airline Training Profile: Finnair – CAT investigate the training and simulation capabilities of flag carrier Finnair. With its modern fleet comprised mostly of Airbus aircraft – including the A350 – Finnair is one of the oldest airlines in the world. It is also one of the safest with no fatal or hull-loss accidents in almost 60 years. With headquarters in Vantaa at Helsinki Airport, Finnair serves about 100 European destinations as well as 20 Asian and several North America destinations.
Flight Simulation Visual System Technology Update – CAT provides a comprehensive overview of flight simulation visual simulation technologies. Rapid evolutionary developments in visual projection and display technologies, as well as image generators (IGs) and databases continue to increase overall realism and transfer-of-training. Simultaneously, both acquisition and support costs are declining, and there is the promise of even better price/performance ratios in the near future.
New Technologies and Fixed-base Training Devices – CAT profiles some remarkable “clean sheet” training curriculum developments and associated training devices. One example is a recent A350 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) that entered service at Delta Air Lines in August 2017. The airline presented details of this device at the recent WATS conference, explaining that it was the result of a rigorous analysis of current training methodologies used in pilot training, and then allowing this data to drive and shape the way the airline uses technology and develops training for new aircraft types.
Maintenance Training Technology Developments – CAT investigates the expanding role of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in aviation maintenance training. Some MROs have employed the technologies in inspection training, and considerable activity is evident across the complete spectrum of maintenance training tasks, with some commentators suggesting that the use of this technology is already revolutionizing aviation maintenance training. A look at both technology and technique, as well as the trend line for the future.
Cabin Training Technology Roundup – In the midst of continuing cabin training regulatory evolution, advancing training technologies and the necessity of training ROI, CAT takes a specific look at the latest developments in cabin training technology including increasingly sophisticated emergency egress trainers and the use of VR, AR and MR visualization technologies.
Competency and Evidence-based Training Update – CAT continues its coverage of Competency-based Training and the associated role of Evidence-based Training (EBT), focusing on European airline and training provider viewpoints and experience. With the European regulator having now developed extensive guidance material, and with some operators embracing the philosophy and moving away from prescriptive training, CAT takes a look at the training efficiencies and safety dividends that have been promised.
2018 Flight Simulator Census – The 2018 annual update of the CAT Flight Simulator Census, including technical details such as engine type and aircraft configuration, motion system, visual displays/IG, and civil authority qualification level – all collated from the installed base of civil flight simulators in service around the globe. Sourcebook published data represents a sub-set of the extensive and full database available online.
EATS 2018 Preview – A preview of CAT Magazine’s renowned European Airline Training Symposium (EATS), to be held November 6-7 in Madrid, Spain. With both pilot and cabin training streams, EATS is the largest annual gathering of aviation training professionals in Europe.
RAeS Conference Report – CAT reports from the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Simulation Group’s spring conference in London, which sought to summarise where we are headed as an industry in terms of technological innovation, training practices and the impact of regulatory change in flight simulation and training.
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