The project "Promotion of Learning in Aviation Technolgy Training Activities Networks in Europe (PLANE)" responds to the need of harmonising national training activities in aviation maintenance and repair under the umbrella of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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Project Background

The project "Promotion of Learning in Aviation Technolgy Training Activities Networks in Europe (PLANE)" responds to the need of harmonising national training activities in aviation maintenance and repair under the umbrella of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Project Context and Objectives

The project context is to analyse the different national standards of aviation maintenance training amongst participating project partners, which are generated on basis of EASA standards. This analysis shall be laid out in a synopsis of training standards defined in each of the five participating countries. Based on this synoptic comparison overlaps and specific focus areas shall be identified and discussed.

Furthermore the results of this discussion shall be guided to a process of mutually developing harmonised training and teaching materials  that meet the demands of each national aviation authority of the participating countries. These training materials shall inter alia be tested and implemented in transnational  teaching/training activities. This experience shall be discussed with the national authorities giving an impulse to allow a stronger and transparent implementation of transnational training activities of EASA accredited training institutions.

One has to take into consideration that aviation maintenance is a highly international work environment. Without harmonising training materials and national standards this international parameter cannot be included widely into training efforts carried out by European training providers looking for transnational partnerships within a growing European labour market.

Teachers and trainers from five different aviation training institutions from five different countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Italy) - most of them accredited with EASA (part 147 and part 66 of guidelines)  - co-operate within this project. Up to 12 trainers are directly involved in elaborating the high-quality intellectual outputs (training materials). Furthermore trainees of these training institutions will participate and benefit from the project by testing and evaluation activities throughout project life time and later on by using them in routine training processes after project closure.

Moreover our associated partner - Chair and Institute of Engineering and Ergonomics of RWTH University Aachen -  will contribute with their expertise on work analysis, quality of VET procedures in Europe and their evaluative input.

 

Target Groups

- Aviation Industry (maintenance and repair companies; suppliers)

- Commercial and public training providers accredited according to part 147 EASA standards

- Trainees

- Teachers, trainers, instructors

Methodology

Based on a thorough analysis of the existing EASA guidelines with regard to the mandatory contents of aviation maintenance and repair training in all EASA member countries, the project consortium will formulate a common cross cutting syllabus valid in all participating countries. This outcome will be the result of the sound expertise of aviation training experts working within these topics on daily basis. To make sure that aspects are taken into consideration that reflect up-to-date demands of vocational training principles within the European discussion (esp. competence orientation) accompanying academic expertise will be an important contribution to the discussion and articulation of project results.

The participants and participating institutions is given the chance to be taught in and teach multi-national learning groups with shared learning materials. The teaching staff should be able to teach in each of the participating countries. The results are going to be provided to other interested institutions of aerospace education.