Today’s aviation training environment demands innovative and task tailored approaches. A new frontier, method development in training, appears as one of the essential and formidable challenges. EAMTC (European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee) is making an effort to face these challenges with members located in four continents of the world. In April, at the 70th General Assembly meeting, hosted by Cargolux and Luxair, over 100 members met in Luxemburg to discuss, share and review the status of training issues in EASA as well as the world.

There are two topics that need utmost attention; one is the implementation of the current regulations as well as the continuation of “good practice” operations and the second is the preparation for arriving challenges and sustainability in providing safety perspectives via the aircraft maintenance training environment. The demands and expectations of society and the corporate world create pressures for maintenance training organizations and professionals to deliver. 

Some of the most critical training issues discussed in EAMTC that face the industry include the attraction of the young generation into the industry; integration of new technology into training; determination of required new skill sets based on future aircraft; development and implementation of more efficient and effective training methods; coping with the demand of instructional professionals and the development of new instructional  skills, qualification, and training of professionals; and interacting with regulatory bodies for faster and efficient ways to incorporate the industry’s demands and needs in regulations.

These are some of the most critical issues that take part in discussions and working groups of the EAMTC. EAMTC contributes to ICAO’s competency-based training standard development, CACRC’s (Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee) working group, various EASA working groups such as EM.Tec, DM.Tec, HF.CAG, SAB and Drones. During the bi-annual General Assembly meetings, a great networking stage enables members to interact peer-to-peer and find solutions or best practices for their concerns. 

An example for such a concern may be, as it is becoming an important subject, how to better assess trainees from basic to type rating training, is a greatly welcomed dialogue by authorities as well as training organizations. The aim is to move away from “copy” “paste” methods and become more learning-centric and innovative while keeping the safety posture solid. The future of aviation with increases in numbers and types of aircraft as well as new technologies creates skill assessment challenges.  

EAMTC will continue to bring professionals and organizations to foster a better training environment and be a platform for the next generation training vision.

The 71st General Assembly meeting, hosted by ATR, will be held in Toulouse, France, 8-9 October 2019.