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Training Newsletter - Q1 2013

Industry Highlights

AVSEC World

5-7 Mar, New York. Over 500 delegates attended a very successful 21st AVSEC World this year in New York. The event was a great success and included an impressive roster of keynote speakers, hearty discussions and great entertainment. Adapting to the many dynamic changes in aviation security is a constant challenge for both government and industry.

The 21st AVSEC World focused on striking the right balance between risk and regulation, with discussions circling around how risk-based regulation, mutual recognition of measures and good partnership can move aviation security forward to effectively address this challenge. One topic that was of particular interest was Cyber Security, the growing threat of cyber-attacks, and its impact on commercial aviation.


FITUR – International Tourism Trade Fair

30 Jan - 3 Feb, Madrid. The International Tourism Trade Fair, organized by IFEMA, staged its 33rd event in Madrid earlier this year, featuring a high level of representation on the part of the international tourist industry. As per tradition, the fair inaugurates the international trade fair circuit for the travel industry, presenting a series of different projects designed to boost business within the field of tourism.

IATA hosted a booth where we presented IATA travel and tourism, cargo and aviation distance learning products to large numbers of airline and travel agent visitors and met with current Authorized Training Centers (ATC) to chat about new training products and other private institutions in Europe who are interested in joining the IATA network of ATCs.

New IATA ATC applicant, Dr. Sasko GRAMATNIKOVSKI, Dean of the University of Tourism and Management in Skopje, Macedonia and Ms. Noelia Meuwese MAESTRE, IATA Customer Service Representative, Europe


World Cargo Symposium (WCS)

12-14 March, Doha. The 7th WCS was an exciting event, connecting people from the cargo industry from all around the world and giving them the opportunity to attend different ‘tracks’ and presentations. For ITDI, WCS started on 11 March as host of the 2013 Worldwide ATS Conference. Important topics were discussed at the conference, including: trends and best practices in developing people, key regional challenges, and more. During the WCS, at the IATA booth, ITDI presented some new Distance Learning training products, including: Supply Chain and Transport Modes, IATA Cargo English, and IATA Cargo Security Awareness.

The Symposium was lively with many interesting presentations and discussions. A good example of this was the introduction of the first Future Air Cargo Executive Summit (FACES). The aim of the summit is to showcase the important role young leadership plays in the future growth of the air cargo industry and to bring these young leaders together for a half day event at which they are able to learn from some of the brightest leaders in the industry, such as: Lise-Marie Turpin of Air Canada, Oliver Evans of Swiss WorldCargo, and John Batten of Swissport. 24 promising young leaders across all segments of Air Cargo participated in the first edition of FACES enjoying its presentations, panel discussions, and break-out sessions.


World ATM Congress & ATC Global 2013

2013 is proving to be a watershed year for Air Traffic Management. For the first time ever the majority of ANS Providers chose to support the inaugural World ATM Congress in Madrid, 12-14 February, rather than the annual ATC Global, Amsterdam, 12-14 March 2013. The World ATM Congress, supported by CANSO and ATCA, attracted over 5,000 attendees.

In addition to the usual paying conference by subscription, the event provided several free seminars and updates such as for the SESAR-JU. As a result of participating in the World ATM Congress, ITDI is currently in talks with some influential Air Navigation Service organizations to strengthen co-operation in order to provide even better training to Air Navigation Service Providers.

ATC Global 2013, 12-14 March 2013, proved to be a big event supported mostly by suppliers to the Air Navigation Service industry. The fact that both events were successful shows how big the ANS sector is becoming. At ATC Global ITDI agreed with IFATCA to further develop ANS Management training and to provide scholarships to Air Traffic Control Officers for management and safety. ITDI is also in talks with a major ANSP training school which is both visionary and practical. We look forward to being able to provide updates on these developments in future newsletters.


The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) opens for a safer cargo industry

Air transport industry rules and regulations constantly evolve and airlines have no choice but to keep up with the flow of new standards. In order to guide air cargo carriers operating into the European Union from a third country airport through the new EU ACC3 regulations and designation, IATA has created a pioneer Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) to train, support and offer advice to industry stakeholders and potential independent validators.

As of 1st July 2014, virtually all air cargo and mail carriers operating into the European Union (EU) from third country airports will be required to obtain an EU Aviation Security Validation in order to maintain or acquire their ACC3* designation. This validation, that needs re-issuance every five years, will be key if carriers are to continue flying cargo into Europe. This change will potentially affect thousands of carrier stations.

Failing to receive this validation will result in the loss of the ACC3 designation which is synonym of prohibition of any air cargo shipment into or through the EU. Direct shippers, forwarders and handlers will, if they wish to continue applying upstream securities measures on behalf of carriers, also need to be audited.

Such a change does not go unnoticed. Many airlines are concerned by the cost and deadline implications and, together with EU Members States, requested IATA support to help generate and train sufficient validators to meet the expected demand. Aware of this growing concern, IATA has created theIATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV), a unique institute that will benefit the entire industry by offering:

  • Pre-validation assessment guidelines, standard validation methodology and self-assessment tools (to help airlines and other entities test their state of readiness)
  • A scope of countries and stations that may require validation
  • Training courses to prepare validators and airlines (EU ACC3 Awareness Workshop & EU ACC3 Aviation Security Independent Validators Training)
  • A Database of secure operators

Thanks to a dedicated team of professionals, participants to the ACC3 Awareness Workshop will learn how EU regulations related to the ACC3 will affect them, understand the objectives and intent of the ACC3 EU Aviation Security checklist, be able to prioritize stations within their network that might need to be independently validated and look to maximize efficiencies and reduce validation costs.

On the other hand, the EU Member State accredited Aviation Security Independent Validators Training (required training foreseen in EU regulation 1082/2012) will educate those professionals who wish to become EU accredited Aviation Security Validators, recognized and approved by an EU member state. Led by its continuous will to serve the airline industry, IATA is proud to offer a cost effective solution to improve air cargo security in compliance with the new regulations without disrupting the flow of cargo.

* ACC3: “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport”


March Distance Learning Exam Session

7566 students wrote course examinations during ITDI’s global exam week held this March 4-10. A mix of individual students and those from our training partners (181 from ATCs) were examined across 92 different countries, in 115 exam locations. A total of 34 different examinations were conducted in four languages – English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Exams are held on a quarterly basis, in March, June, September and December.


New Regulations

TSA Regulations

New TSA regulation updates were presented by TSA Administrator, John Pistole, at the 21st AVSEC World in New York this March. There is an update to the list of prohibited items in carry-on luggage. Passengers are now allowed to carry small sized knifes - which were once banned.

Get up to date with new airport security regulations and more with this course: Airport Security Operations Optimization


Resolution 787 - New Distribution Capability (NDC)

In October 2012, IATA’s board members approved Resolution 787 to establish a new communications standard that will lead to a new approach to airline product pricing to enable enhanced comparison shopping and airline product differentiation for consumers and travel agents. IATA is currently developing a training solution to inform the industry on the scope and value of NDC for the industry. Stay tuned!


EU ACC3 Regulations

As of 1st July 2014, virtually all air cargo and mail carriers operating into the European Union (EU) from third country airports will be required to obtain an EU Aviation Security Validation in order to maintain or acquire their ACC3* designation. This validation, that needs re-issuance every five years, will be key if carriers are to continue flying cargo into Europe. To meet this need, IATA has created a pioneer Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) to train, support and offer advice to industry stakeholders and potential independent validators.

* ACC3 : “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport”


New Manuals

IATA Guide to Facilitation

With increasing passenger numbers and enhanced border controls, never before has the need been so great for agreeing on key passenger facilitation principles and harmonizing regulatory requirements. Now with the First Edition of IATA’s Guide to Facilitation find all the vital information and advancements relating to facilitation. The newly issued IATA Guide to Facilitation can be purchased for USD $420 and is included (free of charge) in the support material for the following courses:

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