The Acting Chairman of
the NTSB, Mark V. Rosenker, recently emphasized the importance of
airline industry training.
"The safety of this industry is critical, and there is work to
be done," said Acting Chairman Rosenker, at the 2006 World and
Regional Airline Training Conference.
"The government and industry must remain vigilant of the
importance of good training in accident prevention."
In his speech, he stated that there have been numerous tragic
major airline accidents throughout the years in which inadequate
training in the areas of operations and maintenance was causal or
contributory. Fortunately, major aviation accidents involving
fatalities are becoming a rare event in the United States, but
there is still much work to be done, both in this country and
throughout the world.
Through its accident investigations, the Safety Board has become
more aware that we are in an age when aircraft are getting larger,
aircraft systems are getting more complex, and flight crews have
been reduced by one-third.
A fundamental tenant of any training program must be to ensure
that flight crews master all normal, abnormal, and emergency
aspects of flight operations.
Rosenker noted that advances in technologies have created new
challenges. While advanced flight management systems training
appears to take a bigger slice out of minimum training
requirements, teaching and training basic airmanship skills must
remain a core competency of the training curriculum.
"We need to always seek ways to make the aviation industry
safer, whether through improvements in training curriculum or
maintenance training devices, and by embracing new technology in
the aviation training industry.
The aviation industry is constantly pushing the envelope of
technology, and we must make sure that we update our training
requirements and approaches to keep up with the technology,"