Training and development for pilots, cabin crew and ground staff

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It’s all about the people factor.
If you want to be at the top of your game, you need to be able to attract, train and retain world-class talent.

HR Directors and talent managers from the world’s leading airlines and airports will join Aviation Human Capital, returning in 2017 after a successful launch in 2016, to showcase best practice in talent management in three main areas – pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff. Aviation Human Capital is part of the Aviation Festival Asia 2017.

Here’s a few session and speaker highlights:

1. What are the pilot training issues and how can we handle them?


Rollie Ching, Philippine AirAsia

Asia faces a severe shortage of well-trained pilots as the region’s demand for air travel skyrockets. According to Airbus’s projection, we will require close to 200,000 pilots for the region, whereas there are only 65,000 right now, in the next 20 years.

We invite Rollie Ching, Chief Pilot – Training & Standards of Philippine AirAsia to join us for a better insight into what needs to be done to ensure a sustainable supply of good, trained pilots. Rollie has training experience with different major airlines including Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Zest Air and Philippines AirAsia.

Below is the abstract of his talk.

  • How do we determine the ingredients of a successful pilot training programme? How to make smooth transition from classroom to cockpit?
  • Training in both automated and manual flying situations: How to ensure pilots are able to switch seamlessly between these skills?
  • Experience takes time to train and obtain: Solving the problems of high training costs, increasing demand and safety

2. Innovations in cabin crew training


Eve Liebetrau, Comair

Boeing forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, Asia Pacific’s commercial aviation industry will require approximately 298,000 new cabin crew. Cabin crew are subject to wide range of training, from aircraft safety, grooming and business class handling. Some experienced ones even do some extra sessions, learning other skills and knowledge, like wine tasting. But cabin crew staff are only as good as their training.

To help provide a critical view and some inspiring ideas for providing better training programmes for cabin crew, we invite Eve Liebetrau, Executive Manager of Human Resource from Comair to join us. Eve started working for Comair in 1994 and has acquired significant experience in both the aviation and human resources field, including several positions in cabin services such as Training Manager Cabin Services, Manager Cabin Services and Executive Manager Human Resources.

Below is the abstract of her talk.

  • Catering to the new generation of trainees: From classic approaches to blended learning including distance learning, gamification and virtual reality
  • Leadership training initiatives to make sure crew are able to lead and excel under stressful situations
  • It is not simply the application of emerging technology or new methodology, but, more critically, the change in the mindsets. What is a new way of thinking that will be necessary across training disciplines and skills?
  • Going against the norm: What are new innovative training ideas?

3. Reinventing training for the airport workforce: Challenges and opportunities


Md Shamsuri Md Isa, Malaysia Airports

Increased demand for air travel in Asia Pacific is adding pressure on airports to avoid incidents that delay aircraft departures. To ensure operations run smoothly and efficiently, we need to focus not only on improving infrastructures and facilities but also expanding the talent pool of airport workforce.

Airport HR executives around Asia are facing critical questions of how to quickly and effectively train ground staff to handle not just daily airport work but also disruption and irregular operations.

Leading the human resources for one of the biggest airport groups in Asia – Malaysia Airports, Md Shamsuri Md Isa, Senior General Manager of HR, is facing the same challenges and will be joining us on his practice on training ground staff, and thoughts on what works, what doesn’t and why.

This is just 3 of more than 150 speakers joining us at Aviation Festival Asia 2017. Join us!

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About Aviation Festival Asia
Now entering its 13th year, Aviation Festival Asia is one of the largest and most well-established commercial aviation shows for airline and airport executives from both the Asia Pacific region and across the world. In 2017, we are expecting to welcome over 2,000 attendees to the event, with over 900 airline executives across 7 premium conference tracks covering full service and low cost airline strategy & business models, passenger experience, marketing, IT systems, retail, human capital and more. Book your ticket now

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