ICAO boosts worldwide aviation training at African summit

ICAO aviation training

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu (centre left), and ICAO’s Technical Co-operation Bureau Deputy Director Mr Meshesha Belayneh (centre right), pose alongside new members of the ICAO TRAINAIR Plus programme during the Fourth ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) continued its efforts to bolster worldwide aviation training capacity, during the Fourth ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event, hosted by Ethiopian Airlines, is the first ICAO Global Aviation Training Symposium to take place on the African continent. It presented a unique opportunity for ICAO Member States and training organisations to come together and explore new collaboration and partnership opportunities, and to increase their awareness on key near- and long-term aviation training capacity priorities.

In her opening address, ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu spoke to these concerns, pointing to the positive and robust growth trends in the global air transport network and the imminent doubling of its flight and passenger volumes.

“Over the next twenty years, this projected growth will require many new skilled personnel such as pilots, maintenance engineers and air traffic controllers,” she stressed.

“These pressing needs for aviation personnel, especially in light of competition for their skills from other high-tech sectors, make clear for us that we must address our persisting training capacity gaps sooner than later, ultimately ensuring a sustainable skilled workforce for the future of civil aviation.”

Stressing the value of training cooperation, the Secretary General also emphasised the need for training organizations to “engage in collaborative projects,” applauding Africa’s initiative in establishing the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO).

The AATO is currently addressing important issues such as the standardisation of course curricula, the harmonization of instructor training, and the recognition of certificates. Dr Liu encouraged other regions to follow this example.

The Secretary General also took time to specially recognise training organisations from 14 states which have attained various TRAINAIR PLUS Programme milestones, including  China, Egypt, Ethiopia,  India,  Japan,  the Republic of Korea, Mongolia,  New Zealand, Paraguay,  Russia,  Saudi Arabia,  Singapore, Tunisia and  Venezuela.