Next Generation of Aviation Professionals
As part of the enhancement of the NGAP Programme, the first meeting of the newly established NGAP Task Force was held early in 2019 and work continues on developing an NGAP manual for States. Throughout 2019, ICAO promoted State NGAP planning and the implementation of NGAP strategies in various presentations made internationally, including: the 2019 Annual International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) Conference; the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) – EU Seminar on Higher Education for Aviation Professions in Indonesia; the 2019 Annual Scientific Convention of the Air Link International Aviation College in Manilla; the Portugal 2019 Air Summit; and the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA)’s 60th Anniversary event.
ICAO also continued to support the newly formed International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education (ALICANTO) and hosted their first Annual General Meeting in September 2019 with opening remarks provided by the President of the Council. Other partnerships on training activities and educational programmes contributing to the mission of the ICAO NGAP Programme were developed and signed in 2019 by Global Aviation Training (GAT) with: Transport Institute at the National University of San Martin (Argentina), Korea Aerospace University (Republic of Korea) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (United States).
Also in September 2019, the work of young innovators was recognized by ICAO with awards presented to age group winners of an ICAO-led competition, as part of the Innovation Fair. In addition, over 200 local and international students from Montréal universities registered to attend the Innovation Fair.
ICAO, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI), offers opportunities for the career development of aviation professionals through the Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP). Through a highly competitive recruitment process, three young aviation professionals — two men and one woman, from Congo, Mexico and Serbia — were selected for 6-month rotations, which started in April 2019, between each of the three organizations. Each of the Young Aviation Professionals is accompanied throughout the programme by a subject matter expert from ICAO, IATA and ACI.
Other NGAP-related activities undertaken by ICAO in 2019 included the support of aviation-related teenage educational activities undertaken by Canadian schools and summer camps, including: a pre University ‘Global Leadership in the 21st Century’ course focusing on aviation sustainability during which students participated in a ‘Model ANC meeting’ in the ANC Chamber. ICAO also hosted two visits in July from the Boys and Girls-Explore Aviation Summer Camp, a NAV Canada programme.