21 March 2018

EAT Interviews with Aviation Business

Abu Dhabi - As airlines continue to expand the global reach of their net­works, as well as the size of their fleets, the need for more aviation talent is clear. In fact, according to the latest figures from Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook 2017-2036, the US-based aircraft designer and manufac­turer noted that between now on 2036,  the aviation industry will need to gener­ate more than 2 million new commercial airline pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew. Of that total, the industry forecast of per­sonnel demand predicts a need for 637,000 new commercial airline pilots over the next two decades. Ranking fourth in terms of global demand for pilots, the Middle East will need to generate 63,000 pilots. The Asia Pacific region leads with a requirement for 253,000 new pilots, while North America and Europe require 117,000 and 106,000, respectively. Last month, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Aviation group relaunched its flight train­ing academy under a new name, Etihad Aviation Training (EAT). Previously known as Etihad Flight College, the rebranded aviation training organisation has now opened up its programme to external customers. While Etihad Airways has to date been the organisation's largest customer, the move has enabled EAT to tackle the rising demand for industry training world­wide, though the key focus areas will be the GCC, Europe, Indian sub-continent, Africa and Southeast Asia. ''We are fortunate to have our largest customer right on our doorstep, however in order to build our third-party customer portfolio we have installed a commercial team capable of taking our ATO to the next level," comments Paolo La Cava, Di­rector of Etihad Aviation Training. ''The real challenge lies in the long-term retention of the third-party customers that can only be achieved through flexible yet tailored products and a refreshed mindset of all the employees within EAT to focus on customer needs and requirements." Based in two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, EAT's portfolio of training products and services include everything from airline training to type rating, cabin crew safety, instructor training, and aircraft maintenance. EAT's offerings also include Multi­ Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) programmes, which are delivered through the company's Flight Training Organisation based in Al Ain. The organisation also offers a number of cadet packages,  the most successful of which is the UAE National Cadet Pilot Training programme. To date, 231 UAE nationals have graduated from programme, 91 of who are active flight crew with Etihad. EAT's director shares that another 200 plus cadets are expected to graduate during the 2018 to 2022 period. The flight academy has also contin­ued to expand its capabilities, a recent addition to its portfolio is the Evidence Based Training (EBT) recurrent train­ing programme that was implemented by Etihad Airways. "All of the EAT instructors are quali­fied to deliver this training experience, the aim of which is to identify, develop and assess the competencies required by pilots in order to operate safely, effec­tively and efficiently in a commercial air transport environment,"  explains Cava. "Fundamental to EBT is the concept of 'resilience'; the ability of crews to bounce back from an adverse situation and produce a safe outcome. EBT aims to improve pilots' resilience through developing the underlying competencies that assist in managing any situations they may face." Another area EAT has looked at is in­creasing the number of flight simulators it has on offer. Currently, the flight academy operates 10 full-flight simulators, while an additional two devices are expected to be launched later this year. This will include the first Airbus A350-900 simulator and a third for Boeing 787-9 aircraft. When pressed on his viewpoint on how pilot training had changed in the last few years, Cava notes the management of threat and safety events by pilots contin­ues to be a key focus area. However, as it is impossible to effectively predict all potential hazards down the line, he asserts that modern training philosophies have prioritised, "the development and assess­ment of defined core competencies." "Mastery of a finite set of competencies can allow a pilot to effectively man­age any previously unseen potentially dangerous situation in flight. These philosophies use scenario-based events as a means to develop and assess crew performance across the range of compe­tencies," explains Cava. "Refocusing the instructor onto the analysis of the root causes of unsuccess­ fully flown manoeuvres in order to cor­rect inappropriate actions. This contrasts with simply asking a pilot to repeat a manoeuvre with no real understanding of why it was not successfully flown in the first instance", he adds (...)


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