Pictured (left to right): ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu; Director of France’s ENAC, Marc Houalla; and Permanent Representative of France on the ICAO Council, Ambassador Philippe Bertoux.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and France’s École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the development and delivery of new educational programmes and training activities within the framework of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme.

The first outcome of the new partnership will be a Master’s Programme in Aviation Safety Management, which is expected to launch in 2018. Its objective will be to provide future Safety Management System (SMS) managers with the fundamentals needed to systematically monitor and improve aviation safety, based primarily on ICAO Annex 19 and related SMS provisions.

The Master’s Programme will be delivered both at ENAC’s Toulouse location in France and globally via other TRAINAIR PLUS Members. It will be composed of 12 modules as well as an internship and cover all aspects of SMS concepts, processes, methods and operational management.

Specifically designed to address both executive as well as technical levels, the course modules will support a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including aircraft and airport operators, manufacturers, maintenance organisations, air navigation service providers, and training organisations.

“This new Master’s Programme will be an important addition to ICAO’s expanding portfolio of training offerings,” highlighted ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu. “We are very committed to strengthening our collaboration with Members of our TRAINAIR PLUS Programme, and to raising awareness on the latest safety provisions for both current and next generation aviation professionals.”

ENAC’s Director, Marc Houalla, added, “With ENAC being an Aviation University, working under the auspices of the French Civil Aviation Directorate, one of our missions is to improve air transport safety worldwide. That is why we are very proud, through this training agreement, to work hand in hand with ICAO to fulfil this task. This partnership will definitely help to develop safety dedicated aviation professionals worldwide as part of the NGAP programme in which ENAC is deeply involved.”