Airbus is expanding its flight training portfolio by extending its Competency Based [pilot] Training and Assessment (CBTA) offer to include Evidence Based Training (EBT). This new flight training concept will enable airlines to incorporate operational and training data in order to adapt training programmes for technical and non-technical skills.
EBT is currently being offered as an option to customers as an alternative to Recurrent Training & Checking (RTC) for pilots – traditionally a method that is oriented towards tasks and task-based training and assessment, or as an enhancement to CBTA – a technique which has been well implemented across the aviation industry since its launch by ICAO in the 2000s that focuses on assessing the pilots’ performance, developing specific pilot competencies and providing pilots with targeted individual training needs, such as decision making and workload management.
In addition to this, EBT also addresses new regulations that are being recommended/made mandatory by Airworthiness Authorities around the world in acknowledgement of the innovations in aircraft technology and developments in aircraft operations that pilots are being faced with.
The appetite for EBT is being led by China, following requirements imposed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), who in 2020 launched a roadmap requiring all Chinese airlines to implement CBTA/EBT training by 2024.
To that end, Airbus confirms that Loong Air, operating scheduled passenger and cargo services out Hangzhou Airport, is the first customer to sign for the EBT service offering.
The Airbus EBT Service is a flexible training solution for customers, as the training can be done by the airline, it does not have to physically take place in an [Airbus] Training Centre, providing their instructors are trained to Airbus standards and that they are equipped with Full Flight Simulators (FFSs).
In order to implement EBT, Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French based training data analytics company, Hinfact. The deployment of EBT involves Airbus and the airlines acquiring Hinfact’s specific training software that is compatible with any training data source, tablet and Full Flight Simulator (FFS).
By combining operational data from the airline, plus training session data from FFS sessions, Hinfact software uses data analytics to identify competency improvement areas and suggest customised training sessions accordingly.