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Issue 5/2017 

Advertising Deadline: 2nd October 2017
Publication Date: 20th October 2017

Norwegian Training Innovation

CAT journeys to Norway and discovers some truly innovative and progressive approaches to pilot training and recruitment. The Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) at Oslo Airport has been successful in implementing tax free training, securing government loans for some 95% of the training of qualified candidates, as well as developing early and direct promotional campaigns to stimulate interest in the profession. The latter has included an emphasis on programs that emphasise Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education for youth as young as 6 years old.

Enhanced Pilot Training Programs

CAT investigates a number of airline-developed new and/or enhanced training programs, from a selection of international carriers. Examples include Delta Air Lines’ new Flight Path Management (FMP) training, Air Canada’s embrace of new simulation devices for training procedures on the B737 MAX, and UPS’s new Threat and Error Management (TEM) training which emphasises effective flight crew communications. In addition, airline training department views on the rise of Evidence-based Training (EBT), virtual reality training technologies, and the status of UPRT were solicited and summarised.

European Regulatory Update

In the run up to CAT`s European Airline Training Symposium (EATS), to be held in Berlin, October 31-November 1, we summarise recent developments at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the activities of the Advisory Board on Professional Aircrew Training (ATPG), which was actually created by EASA at the EATS event, and having the goal of enhancing communications with all sectors of the aircrew training industry.

Global Aeromedical Issues and Training

The increasing focus on the health of flight crew is stimulating new legislation, training and mitigations. From duty time and fatigue issues, through to hypoxia, fume events, solar radiation, and even laser strikes, there is much that is occupying the attention of aeromedical professionals. Some national jurisdictions are also instituting general medical examination reform, including addressing mental health issues. CAT investigates.

The Promise of New Aircraft Technology

CAT takes a look at the oft-discussed “aviation technological revolution” and what it might mean to training. The past several years have seen narratives on electric commercial aircraft, the return of supersonic transports, pilotless aviation, commercial delivery drones, even flying private cars. The impacts to training, personnel licensing, current airspace issues – the challenges abound. What are we likely to see in the near and mid-term, and what is likely to remain the stuff of fiction?

APATS 2017 Conference Report

A report from CAT Magazine`s Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS), to be held 29-30 August in Singapore. The longstanding APATS conference has emerged as the region’s leading airline training and simulation event.


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