Join the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA), Switzerland’s oversight body, and skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider (ANSP) this afternoon and learn about how they have created the cooperative environment needed to enable the conceptual change towards high efficiency learning for ATCO.
Speakers Nils Jahn, FOCA, and Cate Bichara, skyguide, will address ATM network needs and European Commission requests. Air traffic controller training is evolving and ANSPs and training organisations will require more flexible approachs to leverage new technologies and methods for adult learning. Conversely these developments will support more flexible ATCO deployment where they can work any airspace from any geographical location. This change, to be effective, must drive a change in both the training and the licensing model for ATCOs.
Flexible deployment through a rostering system that is less geographically constrained will answer many needs in ATM. For example, it can be used to alleviate the impact of expected and unexpected events in the ATM system, thereby ensuring service continuity and resilience. Flexibility must be supported by the less geo-constrained competencies. This is made possible thanks to new technologies. In turn, the new technologies require different competencies to be fully and efficiently utilised by the ATCOs.
“Learning and Competence for the Workforce of Tomorrow” is a paradigm shift to a performance-based regime which is more focussed on outcome competence requirements than compliance with a tried and tested training syllabus. We will focus on creating learning environments that are conducive to exploration. This approach will result in more efficient training with less time spent on training redundant topics that are either already known, will not be used in practice, or are obsolete because they have been replaced with new tools.