· Ground damage costs the industry at least $2 billion annually, according to a recent study by Robert Matthews in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Accident Investigation.
· The last two accident reports of well known carriers in Europe published last year showed that “lack of training” were contributing factors to the accidents.
While technology continues to assure the dependability of flight machinery, the problem appears to lie in the method used in instructional training. This paves the way for new and innovative training solutions. The ERA Academy which was inaugurated at the ERA General Assembly last week in Vienna will deliver those solutions.
The strategic goal of the Academy is to satisfy the basic need for training not only in the EU member states but also in areas like for example Africa, Eastern European Countries and China. Advocating the creation of an African single aviation market, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General and CEO recently emphasized the urgent need to keep on improving Africa’s aviation safety record. He noted: "The IATA initiative is targeting a drop of the African accident rate of 50% by 2010, thus bringing it to the level of the world’s best standards."
ERA Director General, Mike Ambrose, who has a great interest to create additional value for the members of his association said: “Cutting costs without compromising on quality and therefore safety is an essential requirement for the training of personnel within the airline industry, and particularly for today’s new business models. The ERA Academy embraces new technology and provides essential flexibility with minimal investment. ERA is proud to be associated with the ERA Academy which has developed a training system that meets these needs.”
The courses offered will cover all aviation related subjects and will include technical and operational training, management and regulatory related training as well as quality, safety and security training. Key customers will include airlines, airports, manufacturers and regulators.
The learning tools developed and distributed by the ERA Academy will consist primarily of state-of-the-art multimedia internet-based teaching software. They:
· are exceptionally easy to use
· allow customization and control of the learning environment
· are in compliance with international AICC and SCORM standards