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Taking advantage of the closure of the former Berlin Schönefeld Airport, Lufthansa Aviation Training is moving its crew training programs and simulators from the neighboring town of Waltersdorf to its pilot training site in Berlin, next to the new Berlin airport Brandenburg. Runway Girl Network spoke with Andrea Resch and Oliver Hofmann at LAT, formerly Lufthansa Flight Training, to learn more about the move and how COVID-19 is changing the future of aviation safety training.

“The Corona pandemic has had a huge impact on the aviation industry in so many ways,” LAT’s head of CRM safety, service and training told RGN Resch. “In order to best meet the needs of our aeronautical customers, we have decided to consolidate all training activities in Berlin in one place: Berlin-Schönefeld. In doing so, LAT saves additional costs by avoiding additional rental costs with respect to the Waltersdorf site and airline customers benefit from the existing well-established infrastructure of our Berlin-Schönefeld training center.

Flight deck and cabin training remains an important part of aviation safety. Image: LAT

“Berlin Schönefeld is the second largest LAT training center in Germany, housing a number of full flight simulators and continuing education devices in the field of pilot training for over 30 years, founded in August 1990” , notes Resch.

This is particularly useful given the amount of additional infrastructure put in place for the (much delayed, but now completed) opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport, including a range of modern hotels, for which Lufthansa has preferential rates. Training the cabin crew and cockpit in the same location can also generate efficiencies in terms of cost, simplicity of course organization and discussion and camaraderie between the two groups of crews within the company. ‘airline company.

A forklift truck transports an airplane cabin simulator.

Coaches of all kinds were to be moved to the outskirts of Berlin. Image: LAT

The big move took place in August, after technical experts dismantled the equipment in Waltersdorf, moved it to Schönefeld and reinstalled it.

Outside, the new facility is under one roof in Schönefeld.

The new facility is under one roof in Schönefeld. Image: LAT

“The move and rebuild as well as the certification of the devices could be completed in four weeks, so that the first training courses could start in September,” explains Resch. “Fortunately, the entire move was quite profitable. Substantial renovation work did not have to be carried out because the space of the simulator space on which we have now placed our safety training devices had already been cleared. However, a substructure had to be built for the CEET [Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer] A320 including the A320 slide and a platform for the B777 slide so crews can slide from the original height.

Rotation

In order to maximize the benefits of the site, Oliver Hofmann, business development manager, told RGN that LAT has learned from virtual and distance learning driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and is considering adding remote options to his usual wallet.

“In the future, training will not only be much more effective with new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality, but also more tangible. With a very successful approach, LAT paved the decisive path towards this before the pandemic and, most importantly, created an innovative training environment with VR Hubs, ”said Hofmann. “We assume that the industry will continue to open up to new technologies and that manufacturers of training equipment will also have to take this route. “

There are of course challenges to overcome, but costs and uncertainty are at the fore here. “Besides a global pressure to provide vocational training at appropriate costs and to advance digitization measures successfully, it is difficult to predict all the possible effects of the pandemic on our industry in the years to come,” says Hofmann. “As a training organization, we are indirectly affected by this, depending on the severity of the individual impact of our airline customers on the consequences of the crisis. “

Either way, “two things remain the same”, Hofmann concludes: “The training of airline staff is essential and we are committed to remaining a strong training partner for our customers”.

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Featured image credited to Lufthansa Aviation Training


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