Sixth ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium highlights Innovative Training for New Horizons

ICAO’s 6th Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium brought together over 400 delegates from the civil aviation training field to exchange ideas and insights on the importance of innovation for the training of civil aviation professionals worldwide.


Leaders, experts and professionals from the civil aviation training field met in New Delhi, India at this annual gathering, to discuss how the unprecedented rate of technological innovation in aviation is posing both challenges and opportunities for the sector. The Internet of Things, digitalization, and new frontier technologies are transforming economies, governments, and societies in complex and often unpredictable ways. These innovations can accelerate the rate at which all countries and peoples can benefit from the significant socio-economic impacts and sustainability of international air transport.


Opening the Symposium on the behalf of ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO’s Deputy Director for Technical Co-operation and Training Mr. Meshesha Belayneh highlighted the increasing need to develop and deliver innovative and high quality solutions and learner-centred pedagogy for aviation training professionals. “Each and every innovation carries with it the demand for new ways of thinking, new ways of doing, and new ways of assessing” said Mr. Belayneh. “It is therefore critical that we adapt to the emerging technological trends and innovations now emerging in air transport, and respond to them with timely and optimized aviation training solutions for both the current and next generations of aviation professionals.”


The ceremony was attended by the Honourable Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India.


Twenty-four new or upgraded TRAINAIR PLUS Members from 22 States and two International Organizations were recognized at the Opening Ceremony. Ten prizes for achievements in training development and delivery were also presented during the Symposium proceedings.


Delegates will return to their respective organizations with new insights on air transport innovation and a better understanding of the implications of new technologies, the role of academia, and how to foster more innovation and creativity in training.

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