Strategic Objective A – Safety – Training


Safety Management

Runway and Aerodrome Safety

Operational and On-board Safety

Accident Investigation

Safety Audits

Monitoring and Assistance Review Board


Regional Safety Coordination

Technical Cooperation and Assistance Projects

Other Safety Initiatives

Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency

Performance-based Navigation

Air Traffic Management: Airspace


Aviation Frequency Spectrum

Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation

Emergency Response





Developments in Aviation Safety Training


The Government Safety Inspector (GSI) Training Programme was developed to ensure quality and standardization in the training of government safety inspectors globally in order to address shortcomings identified under the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) related to the lack of qualified technical personnel able to carry out safety oversight responsibilities. ICAO continued to work with recognized training centres to provide training to inspectors around the world in the areas of air operator and approved maintenance organization certification (GSI-AIR), air operator certification (GSI‑OPS), and personnel licensing (GSI-PEL).


ICAO, under the AFI Plan, worked extensively in 2013 to establish a cadre of GSI instructors from the region in the areas of airworthiness, operations, and personnel licensing. Furthermore, ICAO is working to establish two new centres in Africa in 2014 that will conduct GSI training, utilizing instructors from the region. These new training centres will complement an existing GSI training centre in the region.


TRAINAIR PLUS Programme — Supporting Aviation Human Resources Development


The mission of the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme is to improve safety and efficiency of air transportation through the establishment, maintenance, and monitoring of high standards of training  and competency for aviation personnel on a worldwide basis and in a cost-effective manner.


In 2013, ICAO’s cooperative global training network welcomed 20 new Associate Members who expanded the network to a total of 65 Members in 58 States.  The Standardized Training Package (STP) Library, an online platform facilitating the exchange of material-dependent and validated courses by ICAO, received an additional 18 STPs, bringing a total number of 28 STPs that can be shared within the TRAINAIR PLUS community. Furthermore, through its Training Developers Course, close to 350 course developers were trained on a global basis on the TRAINAIR PLUS competency-based course development methodology, based on the ICAO Training Development Guide — Competency-based Training Methodology (Doc 9941). 


Next Generation Of Aviation Professionals (NGAP): Development of Competencies


Air traffic forecasts indicate significant growth in an increasingly complex environment which will require a collaborative approach to safety and efficiency of the future air navigation system. To achieve this, it is essential to determine what competencies we expect key personnel in the air traffic management system to demonstrate and then to train and assess them, accordingly.


In 2013, the NGAP ATM Group finalized draft competency frameworks for air traffic controllers (ATC) and air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP), as well as associated guidance material for inclusion in the ICAO Procedures for Air Navigation Services — Training (PANS-TRG, Doc 9868). In order to assist with the implementation of a competency-based approach for ATCs and ATSEPs, the group started work on the development of an ICAO training manual for ATCs and an update of the existing ICAO Training Manual, Part E-2 — Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) (Doc 7192, Part E-2).        


NGAP: Outreach


The NGAP Outreach Committee organized four NGAP and TRAINAIR PLUS regional symposia ( in 2013, covering each ICAO region. The first symposium covering the Americas was held in February, hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica; the second, covering Asia/Pacific, was held in April 2013, hosted by the Air Transport Human Resources Development Agency of Indonesia; the third, covering Europe and the Middle East, was held in June 2013, hosted by the Turkish Airlines Academy; and the fourth, covering Africa, was held in December 2013, hosted by the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) of South Africa. These events drew more than 1 000 participants from all areas of the air transport system and provided an excellent platform to exchange best practices with regard to human resources and training.

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