Archive for April, 2014

Marcel Witzig appointed CEO of Swiss Aviation Training - Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Media release

Marcel Witzig appointed CEO of Swiss AviationTraining

Zurich Airport, 29 April 2014 – Marcel Witzig (45), our current Head of Ground Services, has been appointed as the new CEO of our Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) subsidiary. He will assume his new duties on 19 May.  Marcel Witzig succeeds Manfred Brennwald, who decided last summer to step down after seven years at the SAT helm.

“We offer Manfred Brennwald our sincere thanks for all his work and commitment and his outstanding achievements for SAT and SWISS over the past few years”, says Roland Busch, SWISS CFO and Chairman of the Swiss AviationTraining Board of Director. At his own request, Manfred, who is 60, will continue to serve SAT as a flying instructor.

“In Marcel Witzig we have appointed an experienced airline professional to succeed”, says Roland Busch. Marcel Witzig began his career as an air transport apprentice with the then Swissair back in 1986. He went on to hold various functions within the Swissair Group, particularly in ground services, including Head of Aircraft Handling Zurich.

Marcel Witzig has been in charge of our own Ground Services organization since SWISS’s foundation in 2002. He played a vital part in the company’s subsequent restructuring, and has also been instrumental in further developing the Ground Services unit, not least by establishing and refining a global quality management and outsourced supplier management system.

Marcel Witzig holds a Diploma in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Practising Management from the University of Lancaster in the UK.

Until his successor is appointed and assumes office, SWISS Ground Services unit will be led by Marcel Witzig’s deputy, Stephan Ellenberger.



Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines, with bases in Zurich, Grenchen, Frankfurt and Munich. The company focuses primarily on providing basic and advanced training for commercial pilots, cabin personnel and aircraft mechanics as well as for managers and personnel of companies outside the field of aviation.

SAT is an ATO (Approved Training Organisation) and EASA Part 147 organisation (MTO), whose courses have been approved by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation in accordance with rules and regulations of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

For further information, please, do not hesitate to contact:

Uschi Roth

Head of Corporate & Marketing Communications

Swiss AviationTraining Ltd.

CH-8058 Zurich Airport

Phone +41 44 564 5803

Mobile +41 79 820 1174


Aviator Training Centre, Moscow – News - Monday, April 28th, 2014

Aviator-Logo11EAMTC members cooperate to achieve Part 66 B1.1 success

Vladislav Berlev, Aviator Training Centre, Director told the EAMTC that, “Since last November we have been working in cooperation with our Dutch partner, Aviation Competence Centre, represented by Maarten De Klerk, on a Basic Training project. Our first group of students have been trained on Part 66 Basic B1.1 modules and recently passed their relevant examinations. We are now recruiting the next group of students.”

Aviation_Competence_CentreYou can see the story here at the Aviator Training Centre web site

You can go to the Aviation Competence Centre web site here

Work to Increase the Scope of Approval

Vladislav continued, “We are currently in progress of extending our EASA Part-147 scope of work to include the Sukhoi Superejt 100 (RRJ-95B). This is anticipated to be completed later this year. We are building on the experience we have previously gained as we are already approved by the Russian CAA for this aircraft type and finished the 4th B1+B2 training recently. In the meantime last year our scope was extended to include the Bombardier CL600-2B19 aircraft (CRJ 100/200).”

Competence Assessment Tool

Vladislav concluded, “We are rather proud to announce that our training centre has developed a special software for the competence assessment of Part-145 personnel, in accordance with Part 145.A.30(e) requirement. The software is unique and allows an organisation to have a customized tool for competence assessment which, we believe, will save time and money for this process.”

New Courses at Aviator Training Centre

  • Safety Management Systems
  • Technical Contracts & Warranty Claims




QCM April newsletter released - Monday, April 28th, 2014

qcm_qualitycontrolmanagement-300x151Swiss based EAMTC member, QCM, has released the April edition of their newsletter.

QCM’s course updates, EASA NPA matters and other industry topics are to be found in the newsletter. Read it here


5th Instructor Seminar Programme Issued - Friday, April 25th, 2014

IAAGAnother action packed EAMTC Instructor Seminar will get under way next month, 27th and 28th May.

Hosted by EAMTC members, IAAG, the programme for the seminar has now been released.

You can see the programme here

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CATTS Ltd – New EAMTC member - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Operating under Approval Number UK.147.0077, Civil Aviation Technical Training Solutions (CATTS) was founded in 2007 and has grown year on year to become one of the major independent EASA Part-147 approved training organisations within Europe.

CATTS is also a UK Ministry of Defence ELCS (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) Approved Learning Provider.

Located in the North West of England, CATTS operates from their dedicated training facility near Manchester Airport. With the ever expanding far Eastern market CATTS has also recently established a purpose built second training facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

CATTS offers both Theoretical and Practical training on Airbus A300 (Basic), A310, A300-600, A320, A330 and Boeing B737 (CL+NG), B757, B767, B777, as well as a large portfolio of EASA Part-145 maintenance training such as EWIS, ETOPS, HF, Fuel Safety, EGR, Borescope, FAM courses etc.

David Owen the Accountable Manager, is ideally placed to head up the organisation with an extensive aviation background.

“Having started my aviation career with British Airways in 1989 and after gaining both UK CAA and EASA Licences, I moved into training in 2003. Previous training roles at BAe systems, MyTravel and Thomas Cook saw me ideally placed to take the helm with the creation of CATTS in 2007” he recalls.

“ A new start-up venture was something I really wanted to be involved with and the company’s growth since has been remarkable ”. David credits this mainly to the level of professionalism of the staff and instructors at CATTS.

David continued, “ We train all over the world, for example, Mongolia, the Middle East and all over Europe. In more recent years we have been working closely with THALES UK and the Airtanker consortium at Brize Norton UK. This brings its own unique collection of challenges with the integration of a civilian platform into a military configuration and we believe the EAMTC membership and participation will be a great asset to us for this project as there is a wealth of information and collective experience at the General Assembly meetings and seminars. Full compliance with the regulations is everyone’s goal and the EAMTC is the best platform to stay abreast of industry developments. There is also a great network of fellow training professionals within the group as a whole, and we are looking to build some lasting friendships and business connections ”

More information about CATTS can be obtained from visiting their website at or by email to David at


QCM offer Part 66 / Part 147 course - Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This two-day course focuses on the content of EASA Part-66 and Part-147 and the relevant Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, which will be explained and discussed thoroughly. Using practical illustrations, participants will not only understand the regulation in theory, but also gain awareness of how it can be implemented successfully into the organisation.

Course:        C-014 EASA Part-66 / Part-147

Date:             29-30 April 2014

Instructor:  Jürgen Feldhoff

Location:     Bern-Belp, Switzerland

Fees:              CHF 1’250.00 per person

For more information, or help with registration, please contact our Training Department or visit our Website:


Air Astana Joins the EAMTC - Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Air Astana – New EAMTC Member

Khazakhstan’s Air Astana has become the latest airline to join the EAMTC.

foto 001 Air Astana was incorporated in late 2001 and its maiden flight was on the 15th May 2002.

The inaugural was attended by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Sir Richard Evans, representing the two shareholders, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and BAE Systems PLC of the UK.

These shareholders remain committed partners in the airline, with the Government holding a 51 percent share through its Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, and BAE Systems PLC holding 49 percent.

foto 002Operating to the highest standards

Air Astana’s mission remains unchanged: To provide profitable domestic and international air services to the highest standards of safety and service using modern generation aircraft in order to serve and complement the needs of Kazakhstan.

Air Astana maintains its fleet to audited EU EASA 145 standards. In June 2013 Air Astana successfully completed its 3rd IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) renewal. Air Astana is the only IOSA registered airline in Kazakhstan.

foto 003Growing the fleet

Today Air Astana operates a fleet of 31 Western aircraft with an average age of 5.2 years. It operates over 60 domestic and international routes. Its passengers are served by more than 4,300 highly qualified staff, the majority of whom are from Kazakhstan, supplemented by experienced foreign personnel. Since autumn 2005 the Air Astana team has been headed by Peter Foster, an airline executive with more than 30 years of management experience.

Air Astana has purchase orders in place for Boeing 787, Boeing 767, Airbus A320 and Embraer 190 family aircraft. These will expand the fleet to 36 aircraft by the end of 2017, and to 43 aircraft by 2020. Air Astana’s commitment into investing in new and modern aircraft with the use of best operational practices already reduced our carbon emissions by 5% in 2013.

Engineering Group

The Engineering Group or Maintenance Department is one of the largest departments of Air Astana. The Department’s tasks include maintaining and ensuring technical fitness of the entire aircraft fleet of the company as well as maintaining and servicing aircraft components, spare parts and equipment.

Today the Department has more than 450 employees and carries out its activities in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau.

Along with maintaining the aircraft fleet of Air Astana, the Department also provides technical services to other airlines: international and local.

logo_with web siteGo the the Air Astana Engineering Group web site page here

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SAT offers the world’s most advanced A320 Virtual Maintenance Training - Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Media Release

SAT offers the world’s most advanced A320 Virtual Maintenance Trainer

Zurich Airport, 08 April 2014 – Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) has become the first – and to date the only – Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to offer its customers the latest version of the innovative and efficient Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) for Airbus A320 technical training. As a result, SAT customers can now take full advantage of this upgraded computer tool, which provides extremely realistic simulations of all the maintenance work required on the A320 at highly attractive costs. The latest VMT software package offers even better image quality and even greater flexibility via its laptop applications.

SAT is currently the only approved training organisation to offer this state-of-the-art training program for Airbus A320 maintenance personnel, which makes the training concerned not just more efficient but more flexible, too. In doing so, SAT aims to continue to offer its customers optimum training solutions which ensure that it remains their number-one choice for innovative training that is specifically tailored to their individual needs.

The Virtual Maintenance Trainer or VMT is a maintenance simulator that not only provides a 360° view of the entire aircraft but also accurately and realistically presents its individual components. With its Windows-like user interface, the VMT is simple and practical to handle. With its latest (Standard 1.8) software, the Trainer provides an even more realistic simulation of the aircraft maintenance environment.

One of the prime innovations with the new VMT software package is the use of laptops instead of the previous desktop solution. This makes the corresponding training even more flexible, and will substantially simplify on-site training on the customer’s premises. “Our paramount objective at SAT,” explains CEO Manfred Brennwald, “is always to devise the best and most cost-effective training product for each individual customer. And, in doing so, we aim to continue to set industry standards and remain one of the top addresses worldwide for advanced and efficient training.”

The use of the VMT makes it largely less necessary to work on a real aircraft (which, given the need to maximize their utilization, is often difficult and expensive to do). The VMT also permits maintenance procedures to be practised which could not be performed on the actual aircraft for safety reasons, such as exchanging line replaceable units.

With its upgraded software, the new VMT offers even better picture quality and razor-sharp images of the various cockpit displays even with sizeable zoom. The VMT also allows multiple different error messages to be generated, to optimize the trainees’ response to a wide range of simple and more complex maintenance scenarios.

As a result, the VMT makes the initial and further training of maintenance personnel not only more cost-effective but also more flexible, more efficient and more realistic, all of which ultimately translates into greater aviation safety. In line with the broader SAT philosophy of aligning all its training to the specific needs of each individual customer, the VMT further ensures that all the training conducted on the device it can be flexibly tailored to each trainee’s current skills and knowledge levels.

You can gain impressions of the new upgraded VMT in the video here.

Swiss AviationTraining (SAT) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. The company has operations in Zurich, Grenchen, Munich and Frankfurt focuses on providing initial and further training for commercial pilots, cabin personnel, aircraft mechanics and corporations.
SAT is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and EASA Part 147 organisation whose courses are approved by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
For further information, please, do not hesitate to contact:

Uschi Roth

Head of Corporate & Marketing Communications

Swiss Aviation Training Ltd.

CH-8058 Zurich Airport

Phone +41 44 564 5803

Mobile +41 79 820 1174


KLM E & M Training Schedule 2014 – Update - Monday, April 7th, 2014

KLM E&M advise of a change to their 2014 Training Schedule.

Aircraft Type training, Cat. B2 A330-200/300/CF6, originally scheduled for September 29th 2014 has been rescheduled and will start on October 13th 2014 and end November 11th 2014.

Contact KLM E&M Training via their web site or by Fax: +31 (0) 206488197


AFI – KLM Bluelink available now - Friday, April 4th, 2014



The April issue of Bluelink, issue 15, is now available.

Items include Engine Support, details of developments in Aero-structures and the latest in Innovation. See Bluelink here

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