Emirates and the IATA Marshal Industry share best practices in pilot training and flight safety

The cockpit of an aircraft can be a complex, challenging, and highly threatening environment that requires intense concentration and the ability to use technology to respond with agility and make informed decisions on the part of pilots. As the demand for air travel increases phenomenally and airlines expand their operations, pilot training is once again in focus as they are responsible for the safety of millions of passengers and crew around the world, every day, on every flight and on every route. Now more than ever, the aviation industry needs to apply the latest best practices to train their workforce for excellence.

In the first forum of its kind, Emirates and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) co-hosted a workshop on pilot training and flight safety for the airline industry. Flight Operations Training is organized by Emirates in conjunction with IATA Evidence-Based Training – Workshop to assess competency-based training was organized on October 28, 2022 at Emirates Aviation College in Dubai.

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

Flight Operations Training is organized by Emirates in conjunction with IATA Evidence-Based Training – Workshop to assess competency-based training was organized on October 28, 2022 at Emirates Aviation College in Dubai.

Over a full day of discussions and presentations, industry participants gathered and shared best practices and challenges in designing, implementing and delivering effective evidence-based (EBT) and competency-based training and assessment programs.

Emirates speakers included: Capt. Bader Al Marzooqi, VP Flight Training; dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, Human Factors Manager; Captain David Swabrick, Director of Training, Boeing and Captain Stephen Mercer, Director of Flight Training Standards. Other speakers included: Capt. Yann Renier, Head of Training & Licensing, Safety & Flight Operations, IATA; Captain Jason Alves, Chief Flight Instructor, flydubai; Captain Olivier Mazzoleni, Deputy Head of Airbus Training Worldwide; Capt. Graham McNally, CBTA program manager, Boeing Global Services; Captain Richard Lenz, Chief Training Captain A380, Lufthansa and Captain Chris Ranganathan, Chief Learning Officer, CAE.

Capt. Bader Al Marzooqi, VP Flight Training, Emirates shared: “The forum was a great example of working together and partnering with key stakeholders across the aviation industry to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training programs. We shared key learnings, information, and best practices that result in real, applicable solutions that positively impact the implementation of evidence-based training programs. The forum was a meeting of minds and a great platform for the industry to come together and discuss common challenges around pilot training. We thank IATA and all those who attended and contributed to the forum for their unwavering support.

Captain Yann Renier, Head of Training & Licensing, Safety & Flight Operations, watched HERE: “Emirates Flight Training Department hosted a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop (CBTA) to explain the competency-based training approach, which includes evidence-based training with more than 40 training managers representing airlines, training organizations and aircraft manufacturers. This event made it possible to share the latest CBTA developments and identify the main challenges faced by the industry when implementing CBTA and share them with the 80 participants who attended the workshop virtually. I would like to thank the participants who have joined us in Dubai and virtually. The workshop reflects the restart of operations and I am confident that it will continue in the future.”

Mr Sham Suddin Bin Khalid, Flight Operations Inspector Air Carrier and GCAA said: The Emirates workshop was a day of reflection and discussion on how best to educate our pilots in the overall interest of flight safety. It was a collaborative effort and it was indeed heartening to see the sharing of information and data taking place between stakeholders including airlines, manufacturers and training organisations. We hope that this dialogue and collaboration will continue in the years to come, contributing to the vision of improving pilot skills and improving our industry’s safety record.”

The workshop covered various topics such as the implementation and expansion of successful EBT and CBTA programs. In particular, the challenges in creating curricula for such programs, the development and standardization of trainers, and the management and use of training data were addressed. The event is expected to be followed by others to continue sharing best practices and further developing pilot training for the benefit of the entire aviation industry.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 2 November 2022

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