Successful IATA Training and Qualification Initiative (ITQI) Conference
The ITQI Conference, held in London on 15-16 February 2012, marked the beginning of a formal cooperation between IATA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). IATA and RAeS agreed to work together to improve the mutual recognition by national aviation authorities of pilot licenses and flight simulation training device qualifications, and to enhance training practices and processes.
What the evidence shows
The ITQI Conference, offered in partnership with the RAeS, highlighted the fact that flight crew training and assessment is still, by regulation, based on events that are improbable in modern aircraft. Speakers and delegates recognized the need to develop a new paradigm for competency-based training and assessment of airline pilots and maintenance mechanics, based on evidence.
Current training programs will be enhanced to modern air transport operations. Progress in the design and the reliability of modern aircraft are rapidly changing the operational environment. Furthermore the realization that not enough has been done to address the human factors issue, has prompted a strategic industry review of pilot training, which ITQI has strived to address since its launch in 2007.
The set of eight core competencies for flight crew, identified and defined by ICAO, IATA and the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations, were highlighted as the means to prepare pilots to handle the relevant threats in modern air transport operations. Multi-Crew Pilot License and Evidence-Based Training align the training content with these eight core competencies.
For more information on ITQI, please visit www.iata.org/itqi
Civil Aviation Jet Fuel
Following an incident in April 2010 in which an aircraft lost power on all engines as a result of fuel contamination, the IATA Technical Fuel Group (TFG) quickly proposed to set up a joint manual, containing international recommended standards and practices on jet fuel supply.
The manual covers the entire provision chain from refinery, all the way to aircraft fueling. ICAO requested TFG to lead this initiative, after receiving the first investigation recommendation to develop a quality manual for global oversight.
For the first time in aviation history, within one year after the first draft, we have an industry agreed document. This includes agreement from fuel producers, fuel suppliers, airlines, IATA, Airlines for America, ICAO and Airports Council International.
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