Emirates and the IATA Marshals Industry to Share Best Practices in Pilot Training and Flight Safety

An aircraft cockpit can be a complex, challenging, and high-risk environment that demands intense focus from pilots and the ability to react and make informed decisions with agility, aided by technology. As the demand for air travel increases dramatically and airlines expand their operations, pilot training is once again at the center of attention, as they are responsible for the safety of millions of passengers and crew every day, on every flight, on every route in the world. Now more than ever, the aviation industry needs to use the latest best practices to train its workforce for peak performance.

In the first-ever forum of its kind, Emirates and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) jointly organized a workshop on pilot training and flight safety for the aviation industry. Organized by Emirates Flight Operations Training in conjunction with IATA, the Evidence Based Training – Competency Based Training Assessment Workshop was held at Emirates Aviation College Dubai on 28 October 2022 .

Training experts from airlines, including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Iceland Air, UAE Presidential Flight, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia and Indigo and civil aviation authorities, such as the General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE (GCAA) and the Irish Aviation Authority, attended the workshop. Aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing, as well as the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations (IFALPA) and training institutions including Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) and CAE, were present.

Organized by Emirates Flight Operations Training in conjunction with IATA, the Evidence Based Training – Competency Based Training Assessment Workshop was held at Emirates Aviation College Dubai on 28 October 2022 .

Covering an entire day of discussions and presentations, industry participants gathered and shared best practices and challenges regarding how to develop, implement and manage effective training and assessment programs based on evidence (EBT) and competency-based.

Speakers from Emirates included: Captain Bader Al Marzooqi, Vice President of Flight Training; Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom, Human Factors Manager; Capt. David Swarbrick, training manager, Boeing and Capt. Stephen Mercer, Flight Training Standards Manager. Other speakers included: Captain Yann Renier, Training and Licensing Manager, Safety and Flight Operations Division, IATA; Captain Jason Alves, Chief Flight Instructor, flydubai; Captain Olivier Mazzoleni, Deputy Director of Airbus Training Worldwide; Captain Graham McNally, CBTA Program Manager, Boeing Global Services; Captain Richard Lenz, A380 Chief Training Captain, Lufthansa and Captain Chris Ranganathan, Chief Training Officer, CAE.

Captain Bader Al Marzooqi, Vice President Flight Training, Emirates, said: “The forum was an excellent example of collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders in the aviation industry to increase efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training programs. We have shared critical insights, insights and best practices that will lead to actionable, actionable solutions that will positively impact the implementation of evidence-based training programs. The forum was a meeting of the minds and a great platform for the industry to come together to discuss common pilot training challenges. We thank IATA and all those who attended and contributed to the forum for their continued support.

Captain Yann Renier, Head of Training and Licensing, Safety and Flight Operations Division, IATA, observed: Training based with over 40 training managers representing airlines, training organizations and aircraft manufacturers. This event provided an opportunity to share the latest developments in CBTA and identify the key challenges the industry faces in implementing CBTA and share them with the 80 attendees who joined the workshop virtually. I would like to thank the participants who joined us in Dubai and virtually. The workshop illustrates the restart of operations and I am sure it will continue in the future.

Mr. Sham Suddin Bin Khalid, Airline Flight Operations Inspector and GCAA, said: “The Emirates workshop was a day of reflection and discussion on how best to train our pilots for the benefit of all. aviation safety. A collaborative effort, it was indeed encouraging to see the sharing of information and data among stakeholders, including airlines, manufacturers and training organizations. We hope that this conversation and cooperation will continue in the years to come, contribute to the vision of improving pilot skills and improve our industry’s safety record.

The workshop covered various topics, such as how to implement and scale up successful EBT and CBTA programs. Specifically, the challenges of developing curricula for such programs, developing and standardizing trainers, and managing and using training data were discussed. The event aims to be followed by others in order to continue to share best practices and develop pilot training for the benefit of the entire aviation industry.

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