Advertising Deadline: 1st April 2019
Publication Date: 23rd April 2019
Airline Training Profile: Icelandair – CAT visits Iceland and profiles flag carrier Icelandair. As aviation is clearly part of the national culture and consciousness by necessity, Icelandair is seen as a pioneer in the establishment of the international hub concept, and has been able to position itself as an airbridge for transatlantic travel. With an all-Boeing fleet including B737MAX, B767 and B757, the airline has been particularly innovative in training, having established its own purpose-built training centre which embraces the latest simulation technologies and techniques.
Pilot Selection: Future Proofing the Workforce – It is now 10 plus years since IATA issued its Guidelines on Pilot Selection, but what has changed and how has the industry responded; how do airlines and training organisations use selection, does it work and is it relevant for the future? An industry guest writer takes a look at the art and science of pilot selection and what it is achieving in support of airlines and training organisations, both large and small, given the current industry dynamics.
UPRT – Is It Working? – Upset Prevention and Recovery Training has been on-going for several years because some 60% of air transportation industry fatalities between 2005 and 2015 were due to Loss of Control-Inflight (LOC-I). Industry stakeholders, committees and regulators took action with improved training programs, educated trainers, updated simulators and mandated new training. FAA Advisory Circular 120-111 (issued 2015, rev. 2017) for UPRT states three core principles: 1) enhanced instructor training on the limitations of simulation; 2) early recognition of divergence from intended flightpath; and 3) training that integrates Crew Resource Management (CRM) including progressive intervention strategies for the pilot monitoring. A veteran instructor summarizes the progress, adding “Loss of reliable airspeed simulator training remains problematic.”
Focus on US Regional Airlines – In the run-up to the regional airline conference stream at WATS, CAT takes a look at current US regional airline industry dynamics, with a focus on the training landscape, including the realities of qualified personnel supply and demand in a high growth environment. The latter will be explored as driven by the WATS conference theme of “Identifying and Developing Professionalism in the Global Aviation Workforce”.
Maintenance Training: Composite Materials – Modern jet transport aircraft are now a blend of composite materials (carbon fiber, fiberglass etc.) and aluminium, and present significant challenges for AMT training and education. More than half of the A350 structure is made out of composite materials, and the same holds true for the other large airplane of its generation, the Boeing 787. By contrast, earlier Boeing and Airbus aircraft are approximately 10 to 15 percent composite materials in terms of their total structural weight. As a result, AMTs must undergo training in non-destructive techniques for detecting composite damage and what to do once the damage is found. CAT investigates how AMT training is changing to accommodate modern aircraft materials.
Cabin Crew: Training for Professionalism – CAT interviews several airline training departments to obtain their views on the current issues associated with instilling and training professionalism in cabin crew. Changing airline business models, advancing technology, evolving societal demographics, and increasing personnel demand have all impacted cabin crew dynamics and training footprints. Yet developing cabin crew professionalism remains a key objective for effective airline management and positive safety outcomes.
AAETS Conference Preview – A preview of CAT Magazine’s Asian Aviation Education and Training Symposium (AAETS), taking place in the Republic of Korea, June 27-28, 2019. AAETS is an Official Event of the Korean Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MoLIT), and provides a forum to discuss the best practical applications and future developments in aviation training and technology in a Korean, regional and global context.
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