Archive for May, 2012

3rd Instructor Seminar – great success - Friday, May 25th, 2012

Mr. Stefano Biagini, AgustaWestland Head of Maintenance Training, opened the seminar

Held on 22nd and 23rd May at AgustaWestland, Vergiate, Italy, all of the presentations from the 3rd Instructor Seminar are now in the members area of this web site. Feedback indicates that the seminar was a great success!

Feedback: –

  • Well done – enjoyed it very much!
  • Congratulations!
  • Almost perfect, thank you very much
  • Excellent topics, well delivered
  • Great organisation – very useful experience
  • Many thanks to AgustaWestland for being such generous hosts – great team, great organisation

Developments at City of Bristol College - Friday, May 25th, 2012



Aircraft maintenance engineering training has been at the forefront of all engineering vocational training at City of Bristol College since 1960. Our approval history can be summarized as follows:

  • 1962: Received UK Civil Aviation Authority under BCAR as for Radio and Radar training
  • 1975: Approved by UK CAA under BCAR for Engine and Airframe
  • 1980: Received UK Civil Aviation Authority under BCAR for Instruments and Autopilot
  • 1999: Approved under JAR for Category B1 and Category B2
  • 2005: EASA Approved for Part 147 for Category B1.1, Category B2 and Category B 1.3

Formerly known as Brunel Technical College, City of Bristol College has been working in the field of aviation maintenance promoting training and partnerships to MROs and individuals. Today the EASA Part 147 Approved Centre supports several EASA Part 145 and a number of Part 21 organizations with their training requirements.

At Bristol, we’re proud of our history but we also commit to the future. Capital investment in the renewing of our training centres, workshops and hangars has always been a priority to us. Keeping pace with technology we use the latest computerized training equipment. We have added a £5M composite training workshop to complement our facilities to deliver the practical element of Module 6 and Module 7. This facility is also used to deliver apprenticeship training programmes for Part 21 organisations.

Despite the present world economic situation, the EASA Part 147 Centre is preparing itself to meet future demands. Demonstrating its commitment to the aviation industry, work will start in the coming months on a new training centre with a £45 million college investment. There will also be new equipment in all existing classrooms, workshops and our two training hangars.

With work in hand for the introduction of the recent changes to the Part 66 syllabus for Module 11 and Module 13, there has been a positive response from industry to work with the college.

The college has not only full-time EASA Part 147 Category B1 and Category B2 maintenance training courses but also offers short courses for EASA Part 147. In addition, the college delivers customized training programmes at customers’ sites including HF, EWIS and SFAR 88. Consultancy services to assist other organizations set up their own Part 147 organisation completes a full suite of offerings from the college.

For all enquiries, please email Ram Naidoo

Swiss Aviation Training brings the A320 into the classroom - Friday, May 25th, 2012

Zurich Airport, 14 May 2012Swiss AviationTraining now offers its customers an innovative, more efficient and lower-cost option for training their technical personnel. The new Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) is a high-performance computer tool that can realistically simulate all the various maintenance tasks which are required on an Airbus A320. Being usable anywhere and at any time, and eliminating the need to make the physical aircraft available, the VMT brings sizeable flexibility to the corresponding training activities, while simultaneously lowering their costs and shortening the length of the training courses concerned. By raising the quality of the training provided, the new VMT facility also makes a key contribution to enhancing flight safety.

With its EASA Part 147 certification, Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) is one of the first training organizations in the world to offer the latest Airbus A320 maintenance training programme for technical personnel that is currently available on the training market. The new Virtual Maintenance Trainer is a maintenance simulator which replicates a 360-degree view of the entire aircraft and specific components thereof.

The new facility enables SAT to effectively bring the A320 into the training classroom, allowing students to “walk” around the aircraft and familiarize themselves with its various features and components. With its highly realistic simulations, the VMT largely eliminates the need to conduct any tour of the real aircraft – an activity that is often both costly and difficult to conduct, given the need to maximize the in-service utilization of the aircraft concerned.

The new VMT also permits maintenance tasks to be practised on the virtual aircraft which could not be performed on the actual equipment for safety reasons, as well as allowing incorrect actions to be demonstrated with all their simulated repercussions. In doing so, the VMT doesn’t just make technical maintenance training less expensive; it makes it more flexible, more efficient, more realistic and ultimately safer, too.

“With the price of jet fuel still rising and the competitive pressures in the airline sector still increasing, the new Virtual Maintenance Trainer can make a welcome and significant contribution to enhancing an airline’s cost-efficiency,” says Manfred Brennwald, Swiss Aviation Training’s CEO & COO. “At the same time, adopting the VMT enables us to further improve the quality of the rigorous training we provide for technical personnel, and this in turn helps further enhance flight safety. So, as we can see, safety and cost-efficiency are not mutually exclusive: at SAT they go hand-in-hand.”

Maintenance by mouse click

With its Windows-like functionality, the new Virtual Maintenance Trainer is easy to use. Trainees can remove and replace various components of the aircraft they are working on with a simple click of the mouse. These “line replaceable units” are themselves arranged in modules that can easily be interchanged and can be virtually moved, removed and reinstalled on the computer screen. So actions that have been almost impossible to perform on actual aircraft in the past can now be performed at SAT, thanks to this state-of-the-art technology.

A brief film on the VMT – click here

The A320 VMT flyer – click here

Further Information is available at

SWISS AviationTraining operates as a PART 147 organization, and is recognized as a maintenance training organization by the Chinese and Australian governments. SAT’s modular technical training concept is fully compliant with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) PART 66 requirements, and leads to the extension and retention of an aircraft maintenance licence (AML) for any of a wide range of aircraft types.

SWISS AviationTraining is a fully-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. The company, which is headed by CEO Manfred Brennwald, has operations in Basel and Zurich and focuses on providing initial and further training for commercial pilots, cabin personnel, aircraft mechanics and corporations. An approved flight training organization and type rating training organization (FTO/TRTO), Swiss AviationTraining has extensive experience in its various training fields, and numbers several Swiss and international airlines among its customers together with further companies from other business sectors.

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airberlin Newsletter goes on-line - Sunday, May 6th, 2012

airberlin has now launched it’s on-line version of their newsletter – making it even more convenient for everyone to keep up to date with the latest airberlin news.

You can see the on-line newsletter here

30th EAAP Conference – Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – Working Towards Zero Accidents - Saturday, May 5th, 2012

The 30th European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) Conference, “Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – working towards zero Accidents”, will take place from 24-28 September 2012 in Villasimius (Sardinia/Italy). The conference will feature a special Session on Aviation Economics.

Since 1956 the EAAP has provided a forum for professionals working in the various domains of aviation psychology and human factors. The EAAP facilitates – from a European perspective – a professional network to encourage the successful management of human performance in aviation.

The objective of EAAP is to promote the study of psychology and the scientific pursuit of applied psychology in the field of aviation.

You can see more about the EAAP here.

General Aviation Training China 2012 – 5% Discount for EAMTC Members - Friday, May 4th, 2012

Hosted by AOPA, China and held together with 2012 AOPA Shanghai International General Aviation Expo, the Aviation Training Congress China 2012 will be held on August 29‐30 in Shanghai China. 2012.

Further details of the conference can be seen here

There is a 5% discount for EAMTC member’s on the conference registration fee.

EASA Regulatory Overview of EC 1149/2011 and AMC/GM at Instructor Seminar - Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

All EASA Approved Maintenance Training Organisations have been affected by the recent legislation changes introduced by EC 1149/2011.

With the associated AMC and GM (ED 2012 / 004R) having just been issued it is timely that a speaker from EASA will address the EAMTC Instructor Seminar in Milan on 22nd and 23rd May.

Places at the seminar are limited.

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