Advertising Deadline: 29th January 2019
Publication Date: 18th February 2019
Airline Training Profile: Wizz Air – CAT profiles the training expertise of Wizz Air, the Hungarian low-cost airline with its head office in Budapest. The airline, incorporated in 2003, serves cities across Europe, as well as some destinations in North Africa and the Middle East and can boast of the largest fleet of any Hungarian airline. With a hub at Budapest Airport, the airline operates an all-Airbus 320 family fleet of some 100 aircraft.
Industry Thought Leadership – In what has become a regular new year feature, CAT interviews the senior leadership of a selection of both large and small S&T companies that service the global aviation training sector and asks what we can expect to see in 2019. This will include insights on global opportunities and the general business outlook, as well as S&T technology directions and trends.
Focus on Rotary Wing Simulation and Training – CAT provides an overview of the current state of rotary wing training and simulation. While the rotary wing community shares some of the attributes of the fixed-wing world, it is a unique sector with very specific challenges. The increasing embrace of simulation has paid significant safety dividends, and the on-board avionics and autoflight systems on some modern helicopters can be more sophisticated than fixed-wing aircraft. Further, while many rotary wing operations are by definition visual activities, IMC rated pilots – and aircraft – are becoming the standard.
Finding the Gold: Instructor Resources – CAT returns to a subject at the foundation of the health of the entire civil aviation community – the supply of qualified flight instructors. In the US the dynamic of collegiate aviation graduates remaining with their school to train the next generation of students in order to obtain enough hours to land airline employment was altered by the Colgan accident. A requirement for 1,500 hours of flight time and an ATP to obtain a first officer slot meant that it was much harder to obtain that first airline position. The spiral effect this has had throughout the industry has been significant, and some would say it all happened at precisely the wrong time. CAT looks at how the industry is dealing with the flight instructor supply and demand dynamic.
Advanced Avionics Training – For several decades a debate has been going on within the community over the issue of training for advanced avionics systems and autoflight systems. This discussion has been evident since the arrival of digital aircraft several decades ago and it revolves around how much training is needed, how often and to what level. It has continued because despite the embrace of data-driven training and rigorous flight operations quality assurance initiatives, incidents associated with aircraft automation continue to rear their head, however infrequently. CAT investigates.
WATS 2019 Preview – A preview of CAT Magazine’s annual World Aviation Training Summit (WATS), to be held April 30 to May 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. With four conference tracks – pilot training, regional airline pilot training, maintenance training, and cabin crew training – WATS is the world’s largest gathering of aviation training professionals. And this year marks the 22nd anniversary of this respected and long-standing event, with special focus on the training issues surrounding the 2019 conference theme of: “Identifying and Developing Professionalism in the Global Aviation Workforce.”
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