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ALG supports EASA in the implementation of a CNS training course within the EU-China APP programme

ALG continues to support the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the implementation of its international cooperation activities, as part of the framework of the awarded Consortium (comprised of ALG, NTU, IATA Consulting, Bureau Veritas and Sofreco). The latest training activity within this framework was the implementation of a two-week CNS training course, held in Madrid (Spain) for a delegation of fifteen members of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC).

This training activity is framed within the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (EU-China APP)—a 5-year technical cooperation project lead by EASA. The project is focused on developing exchanges between regulatory authorities. It also aims to foster political aviation dialogue and implement specific technical-cooperation activities such as training, placing short-term experts and addressing technical aspects through dedicated working groups and conferences. Further details on the programme can be found in the project website: https://www.eu-china-app.org/

This CNS training course was organised by EASA with the support of ALG and took place from 21st May to 1st June 2018 at the Indra Headquarters in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain). The course was aimed at presenting the regulations and rules, oversight execution, verification procedures, operational approval and implementation of new CNS technologies, emphasizing the recent CNS developments and operations in Europe and in China. Two experienced trainers with broad CNS professional experience gave the training modules, with support from Indra CNS experts and other industry representatives.

The main training topics covered ICAO regulations, PBN, RNAV-RNP, GASP and GANP, ASBU, CNS/ATM infrastructure, verification procedures, airspace concept, certification and operational approvals, among others. In addition, several role-plays and discussions were held to promote interaction among CAAC delegates and trainers.

Of the ten training days, two days were devoted to field visits to Madrid-Barajas International Airport and to Indra ATM/CNS facilities in Torrejón de Ardoz and San Fernando de Henares (Madrid, Spain). At the airport, the participants were able to visit the airport crisis room and the airport apron tower at Terminal 4. At the Indra ATM/CNS facilities, they visited the ATM/CNS production line (MSSR, WAM/MLAT, DME, DVOR, VCS) and the new generation ATC systems (iTEC) simulators.

The overall feedback from the participants has been highly positive and we look forward to providing additional support to EASA in the implementation of upcoming training activities within the EU-China APP and other technical cooperation projects.

About the authors
Rubén Martínez is MSc in Aeronautical Engineering and Director at ALG
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