Seminar: Evidence Based Training

Current requirements for initial and recurrent training of airline pilots are based on the risks that pilots faced fifty years ago flying the first generation of jet aircraft. We check and train the items that caused accidents in the 1960’s such as engine failure on take-off and single-engine go-around from CAT I minima. The airline industry achieves a commendable standard of safety but when there are accidents the causes are rarely simple mechanical failures.; they are invariably a complex mix of technical and organisational factors. Many accidents could have been prevented if the flight crew had the correct skills and had been able to apply them when it mattered.

Evidence-Based Training (EBT) emerged from an industry consensus that a strategic review of airline training was necessary. The outcome of this review is a new system of training that aims to develop key pilot competencies, rather than just to practice failure scenarios. The competencies are derived from an analysis of twenty years’ worth of flight operations and training data and will be tailored to each particular operation. Pilots will develop the ‘resilience’ to manage unexpected situations. ICAO and IATA have published guidance on EBT but operators need to ensure that their training programmes comply with regulatory requirements. EASA is developing new regulations that will enable the adoption of EBT by European operators. Traditional training programmes will continue to be acceptable, but operators that do not adopt EBT will quickly find themselves at a commercial disadvantage to those that do.

This one-day seminar will introduce EBT, provide an overview of the latest regulatory developments and explain the next steps that operators need to take to implement EBT.

Training Objective

After attending this course you will be able to decide if EBT is right for your organisation and, if appropriate, initiate a project to implement EBT.

Who should attend?

The seminar is aimed at personnel from Airlines and Pilot Training Organisations with responsibility for pilot training. It will also be useful for those who support pilot training through provision of courses or the development of documentation and software.


What’s the problem?

  • What are the issues with current training requirements?
  • What were the drivers behind the development of EBT?
  • What are the specific issues in your organisation?

What is EBT?

  • The background to EBT;
  • EBT programme outline;
  • Content of EBT modules;
  • The training matrices;
  • Training devices.

Competency frameworks

What is a competency framework and how do we assess competency using behavioural markers?

Instructor requirements

Instructors delivering EBT will need to understand the concepts and requirements. They must also be able to make objective, reliable assessments of competence using the competency framework.

  • How do we ensure ‘inter-rater reliability’ (concordance)
  • What are the training and qualification requirements?

EBT implementation:

  • How to get from your current training programmes to fully implemented EBT via
    • ‘training according to EBT principles’,
    • ‘mixed implementation’,
    • ‘baseline EBT’ to
    • ‘enhanced EBT’?
  • What guidance is available and what would a project plan look like?
  • How will you work with the regulator during the transition?

Regulatory update

  • Current guidance for EBT mixed implementation;
  • Update on EASA rule-making;
  • EBT for operators other than airlines (business jet, helicopter).

Is EBT right for your organisation?

  • The advantages and disadvantages;
  • The business case.
  • Does EBT address the issues in your organisation?
  • What flexibility is available within the regulations?
  • Other solutions to pilot-training issues.



The seminar runs for approximately 6 hours including coffee breaks and a lunch break.


As the client you may choose to attend the McKechnie training facility in West Sussex or we can deliver the training at your own headquarters or training location.


We run ‘open’ seminars at our facility in West Sussex (close to Gatwick Airport) individual places can be booked for a price of £399.

The cost of a private seminar for up to 6 delegates at our facility in West Sussex (close to Gatwick Airport) is £2080. This includes lunch and refreshments.

If you would like the course to be delivered at your premises then we will make an additional charge for travel time and costs.


Places for our scheduled open courses may be purchased online. See our list of events.

To make a booking or for further information please email or ‘phone (+44 (0) 1293 387365) .