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ADTS 2010

ADTS 2010

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New ADTS Salon Strikes The Right Cord With MENA Delegates

3-4 March 2010 • Airport Expo • Dubai • UAE

Aviation is a global business. Thus it is that aviation training flows across national borders when training providers seek industry best practice to supply local training solutions in the Gulf. Chris Long reports from Dubai on another first from Halldale.

The opening address from His Highness Sheik Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Image credit: Mhic Chambers.

The latest addition to the range of conferences run by Halldale, the Aerospace and Defence Training Show (ADTS) was staged early March in Dubai. Experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and from the broader global stage came together to discuss the best ways to deliver training for civil aviation pilots.

As His Highness Sheik Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in his role as President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, said in his opening address, for the aviation industry to thrive it needs “the training to play an integral part in the development… training not only develops skills, it develops self-esteem. It also is vital for the safe operation of any business – and none more so than aerospace.”

The critical importance of training was also reiterated in the keynote speech delivered by Captain Martin Mahoney, Senior Vice President Flight Training, Emirates Training College. This was a masterly summation of the challenges facing the civil aviation training sector, and focussed largely on the essential changes to the training processes and regulations which must be employed to reflect the demands of present and future aircraft operation.

The “one size fits all” form of current regulatory training imperatives is wholly out of touch with matching training to the skills and competencies essential for current flight operations. In his speech, Mahoney identified specific challenges:

  • Out-of-date checks, which do not address the threats of modern aircraft operations
  • Training and checking for events, which are extremely rare
  • Making best use of limited and expensive training resources to ensure quality training is delivered at affordable prices
  • Combating increased dependence on automation
  • Incorporating meaningful CRM training into training programmes

Of equal importance, he went on to illustrate how Emirates is working to mitigate these challenges by:

  • Using evidence based training (EBT) via recognised programmes, which address legacy training and checking issues.
  • Promoting the idea of working in partnership to use the considerable data available worldwide to enhance training and make it relevant and appropriate for individual airlines.
  • Reviewing possible solutions to address the degradation of manual handling skills
  • Acknowledging the fact that the 21st century does not mean training has to be wholly technologically driven - we can and must learn from the past.
  • Using one possible solutino to lever more effect from CRM training programmes.
  • Promoting Emirates' philosophy of Airmanship, Awareness, Suspicion and a return to Common Sense.

The keynote speech set the scene remarkably well and delegates heard equally strong presentations on ways of engaging young people from the region in aviation as a career, selection of pilots and the recognition of culture as an influence on training effectiveness. Updates on forms of ab initio training, together with progress and lessons learnt from MPL programmes excited considerable interest.

New initiatives were illustrated through presentations on ITQI/EBT, where the level of cooperation and partnerships between airlines and regulators was particularly encouraging. Clever adaptation of existing tools and methodologies featured in the final session on best technology and teaching methods, as did a glimpse into the future that training for the Airbus A350 will bring.

The conference nicely demonstrated both the shared challenges of delivering effective training wherever that may be in the world, and also recognised that each region has specific needs, which must be recognised and addressed. There was a great deal of interaction and networking between speakers, delegates and exhibitors – a good marker for this show on which to grow in the future.

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