The Chair of the rule-making group on Evidence-based Training at EASA, Captain Phil Cullen, has announced that the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for EBT has been published on the EASA website.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) stated in the European Aviation Safety plan (EASp) 2014-2017 the need for personnel to have the right competencies by adapting the training methods. The future EASp, as of now called European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), 2016-2020, also identified as one of the two most significant systemic issues the need to make sure that aviation personnel have the right competencies and training methods to cope with new challenges.

This NPA is the next progressive step and is in addition to the guidance for mixed-implementation EBT, published in December 2015, as ED Decision 2015/027/R, containing a GM1 to ORO.FC.230 and GM1 to ORO.FC.A.245.

The aim of an EBT programme is to identify, develop and evaluate the core competencies required by pilots to operate safely, effectively and efficiently in a commercial air transport (CAT) environment by managing the most relevant threats and errors based on evidence collected in operations and training. EBT arose from the need to develop a new paradigm of competency-based training (CBT) and assessment of airline pilots based on evidence. Over the last 20 years the availability of data covering both flight operations and training activities has improved substantially, has established the need for the EBT effort and has supported the definition of the resulting training concept and curriculum. The outcome was the publication of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc 9868 'Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Training' (PANS-TRG), Chapter 5 and 6, and ICAO Doc 9995, 'Manual of Evidence-based Training'.

There now begins a period of industry consultation via a Comment Response Document (CRD) process. EASA invite those interested in the EBT rules to make a comment and the deadline for these comments is 31 October 2018.

More information can be obtained from Captain Phil Cullen via www.greenstonestarling.com