IATA’s per­fect land­ing on vir­tual train­ing

The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) is fo­cus­ing on in­tro­duc­ing new in­no­va­tion to im­prove ef­fi­ciency in the air cargo in­dus­try. Wee Kim Kian, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor APCS Train­ing and In­no­va­tion, IATA, shares their lat­est plans on vir­tual trainin

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Do share with us the lat­est plans on train­ing un­der­taken by IATA?

IATA dis­sem­i­nates in­dus­try reg­u­la­tions, stan­dards and best prac­tice through train­ing and con­tin­u­ally in­tro­duces new in­struc­tional tech­niques to en­hance the rel­e­vance, ap­pli­ca­bil­ity and re­ten­tion of knowl­edge and skills. Re­search has shown that com­bin­ing the the­ory with prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples in the form of case stud­ies or sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cises cre­ates an ex­tremely con­ducive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for par­tic­i­pants. To main­tain a high qual­ity in our train­ing, we con­stantly in­vest in im­prov­ing our train­ing pro­grammes and de­liv­ery meth­ods.

Will all in­dus­try play­ers be part of the new VR train­ing?

We are in­tro­duc­ing VR (vir­tual re­al­ity) tech­nol­ogy in our train­ing where it brings value. We care­fully se­lect the ar­eas of im­ple­men­ta­tion of VR and other tech­nol­ogy in or­der to achieve a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for par­tic­i­pants and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. We wel­come ideas from all in­dus­try stake­hold­ers in or­der to of­fer fit-for-pur­pose and rel­e­vant train­ing pro­grammes that serve to ad­dress the needs of the in­dus­try. We in­volve our stake­hold­ers and train­ing part­ners reg­u­larly through fo­rums and work­shops in or­der to pri­ori­tise the roadmap for our VR train­ing.

Please ex­plain this new method­ol­ogy and the ef­fi­ciency of this type of train­ing

Get­ting ac­cess to live op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ments can be an ad­min­is­tra­tive bur­den with the re­quired se­cu­rity per­mis­sions and size of groups. In ad­di­tion, train­ing in a noisy en­vi­ron­ment with con­stantly mov­ing equip­ment and ve­hi­cles un­der lim­ited time con­straints can be chal­leng­ing and dan­ger­ous. Vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy makes the train­ing safer, more ef­fi­cient, and more ef­fec­tive. With VR, we can sim­u­late a mul­ti­tude of sce­nar­ios (for ex­am­ple, oil leak­age/spillage, FOD (for­eign ob­ject de­bris), mis­placed equip­ment, dam­age on air­craft, speed of air­craft turn­around etc.). Ad­di­tion­ally, we can al­ter the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, such as am­bi­ent light and weather, to in­crease the re­al­ism of the vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment. To aid in in­struc­tion, we can record the par­tic­i­pant’s ac­tions in the vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to re­play the ac­tions to high­light knowl­edge or skill gaps.

The 11th World Cargo Sym­po­sium 2017 opened on a re­mark­able note in Abu Dhabi. The sym­po­sium high­lighted a thought­ful op­ti­mism to ac­cel­er­ate moderni­sa­tion and fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity ser­vice. After sev­eral years of vir­tu­ally no growth, the freight vol­umes be­gan to grow in the sec­ond half of 2016. And the mo­men­tum is car­ry­ing over into this year with the de­mand ris­ing nearly seven per cent in Jan­uary.

Vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy makes the train­ing safer, more ef­fi­cient, and more ef­fec­tive. With VR, we can sim­u­late a mul­ti­tude of sce­nar­ios

Wee Kim Kian As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor APCS Train­ing and In­no­va­tion, IATA

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