Training For Aviation's Next Era

The 21st Europe Airline Training Symposium

8-9 November 2023 • Estoril Congress Centre, Cascais, Portugal


Back in 2013, ICAO introduced the concept of EBT as a game-changer in pilot training.

It was envisioned to shift training from traditional compliance-based methods to a competency and data-driven approach. The ultimate goal was to enhance pilot training by analysing data, identifying vulnerabilities, and tailoring training to address specific airline issues.

But where are we a decade on?

Michael Varney, CEO of Salient, is regarded as a global specialist in EBT and will be on hand to answer that question and many more during his presentation at EATS 2023, Live in Cascais.

Mike will provide insights into what the early adopters of EBT expected and what they actually achieved. You'll gain a deep understanding of how EBT has evolved over the years, driven by the development of best practices. EBT implementation typically aligns with ICAO generation-specific programs, but how do we adapt training to focus on individual airline challenges?

EATS 2023 Pilot Conference

Wednesday 8th November

1415-1545  Session 3 10 Years On – Defining Success in Evidence-Based Training

Michael Varney, CEO, Salient.

Discover how data is collected, processed, and leveraged to develop effective learning experiences that address vulnerabilities seen in day-to-day operations and pilot competencies.

Through engaging case studies, you'll explore implementation challenges, roadblocks, early results, and the maturation of EBT programs, ultimately leading to quantifiable success for both individuals and airlines.

Mike Varney will demonstrate that success in EBT is ultimately measured in improved safety performance. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the importance of competency and evidence-based approaches, emphasising the need for a holistic approach to pilot training. This involves maximising relevance, realism, competent instructors, and the skill to measure results accurately, all contributing to the growth and maturation of the EBT concept.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain a decade's worth of wisdom and knowledge in EBT.

  1. Register for EATS 2023: Be part of the transformation. Secure your spot at EATS 2023 to gain valuable insights, network with industry leaders, and learn how to get the most from EBT. Visit EATS 2023 Registration to sign up.

  2. Participate in the Conversation: Stay connected and engage in the ongoing dialogue about the future of aviation training. Heads of Training can sign up for our Aviation Training Leader Forum to contribute to the discussions.

About Mike Varney

Mike's career began in the Royal Air Force, followed by time as an airline pilot as commander on the Boeing 757/767. He worked for the UK CAA in operations and training oversight. He held management roles with Boeing (Alteon) and then Airbus in Toulouse.

In his Airbus role of Senior Director Training Development Michael formed the idea which became the Evidence-based Training Project, leading the International IATA/ICAO/IFALPA EBT Working Group form 2007 until 2013, leading to the publication of ICAO Doc 9995. Michael worked in the development of FSTD’s, and his team have guided many airlines in the implementation of EBT and competency-based training programs.

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