Iberia Becomes First European Airline to Train Pilots With New Evidence-Based Training (EBT) Model
Iberia has become the first European airline to utilize a new Evidence-Based Training (EBT) model to train new pilots. The EBT training uses evidence analyzed by international organizations for different generations of aircraft.
On Tuesday (June 22, 2021), Iberia announced that they have become the first European airline to institute a new Evidence-Based Training (EBT) for training pilots. EBT is based on evidence analyzed by international organizations for different generations of aircraft and increases safety by adapting to the latest aircraft technologies. During the initial assessment phase, the program identifies the learning needs of each pilot and then allows them to customize their training in the simulator to increase knowledge, skills and abilities. The training includes nine competencies outlined by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), providing pilots with the abilities necessary to manage and potential risk.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Iberia’s Production Director, Rafael Jiménez Hoyos, said,
“The result is a new training program fully adapted to the needs of the new latest generation aircraft and which entails a total change in the training of our pilots. Now, we train in simulators what could really happen in our current cockpits and, in addition, we prepare our pilots in the capacities that will allow them to react adequately to any type of situation.”
Iberia has already started new refresher courses for pilots following the model after a three year transition where traditional training has been combined with EBT Training. The EBT program elevates the concept of technical and non-technical skills to the level of competency, specifically the nine areas outlined by EASA.
These areas include the Application of Procedures and Compliance with Regulations (PRO), Knowledge Application (KNO), Communications (COM), Automatic Flight Management (FPA), Manual Flight Management (FPM), Leadership and Teamwork (LTW), Problem Solving and Decision Making (PSD), Situational Awareness and Information Management (SAW) and Workload Management (WLM). With the EBT training, each of these disciplines are associated with a set of observable behavior indicators, and by mastering these nine competencies, pilots will be able to manage potentially dangerous and unforeseen situations in flight.
On the first day of training a practical simulator assessment is conducted, allowing instructors to detect the learning needs of each pilot and then personalize the subsequent training in line with the new competencies described above. If a pilot fails any maneuver, the aim is for the pilot him or herself to analyze the possible causes, thereby avoiding mechanical learning based on repetition. After simulator training a debriefing is held where the instructor and student identify positive actions and learning opportunities in a process of continuous improvement. Finally, an actual flight evaluation takes place where the nine competencies are applied and evaluated.