Advertising Deadline: 19th November 2018
Publication Date: 7th December 2018
Airline Training Profile: Iberia – CAT profiles the training expertise of Spanish flag carrier Iberia, founded in 1927 and based in Madrid. Operating an all-Airbus fleet of some 90 aircraft, and part of the Iberia Group of companies that includes Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum), and Iberia Express, company operations also incorporate aircraft maintenance, airport handling, catering and IT systems. In 2010, Iberia merged with British Airways to create International Airlines Group (IAG), with both airlines operating under their own separate brands.
Language and Cultural Issues in Aviation Training – CAT takes a look at the issues of Language and Culture in aviation training. With a large percentage of foreign students enrolled in US training schools, measures are needed to ensure that culture and language differences do not impact the quality or pace of training. Awareness, cultural sensitivity, instructional excellence and other measures are required on both sides of the equation to ensure that the needed training standard is obtained. CAT obtains first hand views and perspectives from several schools.
Risk-based Decision Making – Certain aviation operations are increasingly embracing preflight Risk Based Analysis (RBA), particularly sectors such as EMS Helo operations. Before a pilot accepts a flight, he/she completes a Risk Based Analysis, which helps determine if the mission should be accepted or declined. Weather, fatigue, condition of the aircraft and other factors are part of an analysis that is assessed via a score card approach. While the concept itself is not new, it is being adopted in a wider range of operations and is proving effective. CAT investigates.
Performance-based Training and Oversight – CAT investigates the Performance-based Training and Regulatory/Oversight initiative, particularly the work underway by European regulatory authorities, and also the leadership of the UK CAA in this regard. The promise of Performance-based Oversight is particularly interesting for air operators, given the projected efficiencies and the potential for a more integrated airline-regulatory authority model.
Airspace Intrusions & Threats to Aviation Operations – An investigation into some of the major threats to commercial aviation with an emphasis on airspace intrusions. These include the proliferation of drone activity, small aircraft airspace intrusions and the challenges of restricted airspace and “pop-up” security zones.
EATS Report – A report from CAT Magazine’s renowned European Airline Training Symposium (EATS) to be held November 6-7 in MAdrid, Spain. As Europe’s largest airline training and simulation event, EATS has been held for 17 years, with over 600 delegates expected for the 2018 event.
NTAS Conference Report – CAT reports from the floor of the 2018 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) held August 15-18 in Daytona Beach, FL.
RAeS Conference Report – CAT Editors attended the September Royal Aeronautical Society conference in London on Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) and filed a detailed report.
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