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Project ID: 10968
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: United Kingdom

ESSAI training development

Essai Training Development.

This work package designed and developed the content of the ESSAI training solution, based upon design criteria and competencies identified in preceding work packages. Dedicated design effort commenced during the summer of 2001. The original technical annexe assumed a sequential delivery of work package material, however, this methodology was revised with the explicit agreement of the European Commission as it did not allow or recognise the need for the parallel development of later work package material. Much of the design work undertaken at British Airways required close liaison with QinetiQ. The delivery of the training, particularly during the simulator phase, (WP5) was carefully integrated into the data gathering process.

The design process integrated a CBT-based DVD training session, a Tactical Decision Game (TDG) - the ESSAI 'Low-Tech' exercise- and dedicated LOFT sessions; the latter were scripted to expand upon and underpin the lessons learned during the DVD presentation.

Key design elements:
- CBT (DVD) contents and production
- LOFT scenario scripts (Benchmark/Assessment/Standard and Training LOFTS)
- Briefing material for participants (including questionnaires and SA case-study)
- Low-Tech exercise
- Observer briefs and performance assessment tools/techniques
- Trainer briefs (including observation techniques)
- Debriefing guidelines (including use of Auto-confrontation)
- ESSAI dissemination website (relocated from WP6)

(Benchmark (BS) and Assessment (AS) were titles applied to the initial and final calibration LOFTs to be flown by all crews at TUB.)

The Essai training solution has been designed to be: 1) focused primarily on recurrent and transition Airline training but sufficiently generic to be used in other training roles. 2) Operationally applicable and centred on crew competency in SA and TM. 3) Modular and flexible allowing for variations in airline size and resources. 4) Complementary to existing CRM/NTS programmes and progressing beyond imparting knowledge with the explicit aim of developing SA and TM skills.

The training strategies chosen are operationally orientated. Also, as the majority of users of this material will probably be Airline training departments of varying size, with different product requirements, a modular package of knowledge-based CBT has been developed in the hope of providing an optimal solution that allows the training to be integrated into smaller-scale training programmes and the JAA's modular approach to recurrent NTS training.

Reported by

British Airways
Flight Operations Standards and Development Training, Compass Centre, Eastpoint, S779,Heathrow Airport, Hounslow Middx.
TW6 2JA London
United Kingdom
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