New pandemic operational recovery course for aviation professionals


Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September, ICAO and UK CAAi have partnered to jointly create and deliver courseware consistent with the Chicago Convention, ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and relevant ICAO guidance material.

To mark the new partnership, ICAO and CAAi have jointly developed their first virtual classroom course aimed at enabling the safe and secure restart of air operations after a prolonged period of inactivity due to a major global health risk event. Entitled “CAA Preparation for Restarting Operations during a Pandemic”, the course provides senior management in aviation regulators and industry organisations with safety and security oversight and surveillance guidance during the recovery phase of a global pandemic, such as COVID-19.

Delivered by leading subject matter experts, participants will learn how to navigate compliance, training and operational challenges during the recovery period from a global pandemic.

Maria Rueda, Managing Director at CAAi commented: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with ICAO as a TRAINAIR PLUS Corporate Partner. Since its introduction in 2010, TRAINAIR PLUS has transformed the training landscape by providing a cost-effective, high standard of training for aviation personnel across the world. We are pleased to join this important initiative and look forward to developing and delivering new training programmes, on behalf of ICAO, that supports the safe, secure and sustainable development of air transportation.”

“The accession of UK CAAi to the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme comes at a time where the need to further assist decision-makers across the civil aviation sector is greater than ever before,” highlighted Jorge Vargas, Director of the Technical Cooperation Bureau, ICAO, who also added that “The necessity to safely and securely transition all oversight and surveillance activities during the recovery phase of a pandemic is pertinent to the short- and long-term sustainability of the air transport industry. This important collaboration between ICAO and UK CAAi, under the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS umbrella, will support preparing the industry and national aviation authorities to manage the current, as well as any potential public health crisis in aviation in the future”.

The first virtual classroom delivery session of this course is scheduled from 17 to 23 November 2020.