Air Transport World

The beat goes on: the need for customized training hasn't gone away despite the downturn. (Training).

While the airline industry continues to focus on managing through the present crisis, there still remains a need to look to the future. Providers of customized training are doing just that by changing programs and consolidating or expanding operations.

"The whole aviation industry has faced challenges this year," says Linda Lee of FlightSafety-Boeing, the joint venture between training and simulator company FlightSafety International and the Seattle manufacturer. "There has been a trickledown effect. But it is bouncing back." Traditionally, FSB provides flight and technical training courses. Lee says, but over the past year human factors and security training have moved to the forefront. "We have been promoting those programs because there is an interest in them."

FSB worked with Seattle law enforcement officials to develop a new flightcrew and cabin safety training program this year, she says. In March FSB teamed with Advanced Interactive Systems of Seattle to offer cabin and flightcrew training programs designed to meet new FAA requirements. Participants in the programs are faced with both lethal and nonlethal threats staged within a variety of scenarios. The training exercise provides a full range of options and outcomes that can be manipulated through the actions of the participants. The major elements focus on evaluating the seriousness of an event, communication and coordination, appropriate response, use of protective devices onboard an aircraft, psychology of terrorism, defense maneuvers for the aircraft and other subjects identified by FAA. …

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