ATWT 2019 – summary

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Our traditional Annual Winter Training seminar took place on 7 November 2019. We welcomed representatives of the airlines at the popular Holiday Inn Prague Airport and focused on news from the industry.

How was the event viewed by us and the participants? An example is the following:

 “It was great. I was very happy we were able to take part in it because, honestly, it exceeded all my expectations. We’re already looking forward to next year’s.”

Stanislava Lagová Hužovičová, ELITE JET s.r.o.

We appreciate these words very much, thank you.

Looking back at AWT 2019

The topics prepared for this year included what’s new at the Civil Aviation Authority. The presentation by its director David Jágr aimed at accentuating the openness of the CAA towards all subjects as well as a CAA’s constructive discussion as part of problem-solving.

Michal Pazourek of ABS Jets presented the specifics of OCC for Business Aviation operators, and Marek Andrejs of Smartwings dealt with the current problem of operating the Boeing 737-8 MAX.

Another topic was meteorology and how it affects planning, cost index and its use in practice, and the carrying capacity of VPD and taxiways. With the approach of winter, Captain Jan Zemánek of Smartwings generated a lot of interest with his overview of procedures for cold weather operations. As in the previous year, Robert Rajtmajer put his experience in the Army to good use by clarifying the specifics of air traffic in war zones and IFR flying with helicopters. Tomáš Duka, an ATC methodologist, wrapped things up with the harmonization of RNAV and RNP terminology.

All participants had the opportunity to share their practical problems not only with the present lecturers, but also with colleagues from other companies.

According to the overall satisfaction expressed, we can say that we have raised the bar again for next year. More than 90% of the participants gave the conference a top score of 1, and they also expressed maximum satisfaction with the organization of the conference, the materials prepared, and the service.

Although the participants were from different operational backgrounds, which made it difficult to meet all the requirements for the topics, we managed to hold a conference where all the participants gave the contribution of topics for their jobs an average score of 1.6. Our trainers and lecturers did even better, getting an average score of 1.3.

We thank all participants for their attendance, the trainers and colleagues for their help in preparing this event, and we look forward to seeing you at the next one, the 4th AWT.