The area of training, checking and recency looks at the potential reduction in knowledge and skills caused by not being at work during the crisis, as well as other aspects related to checking or individuals and how recent people's experience is. It is important that you consider the implications of these things if it is relevant in your operations.
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Safety issues on training, checking and recency
The 90% reduction in traffic means that most aviation professionals are not performing their normal tasks, sometimes they are doing a substantially different job, and sometimes not working at all or at a substantially reduced frequency. Simulator and classroom-based training is also not taking place. Together, this creates a reduction in the skills and knowledge of aviation professionals, and with it associated safety risks.
Backlog in training limiting available personnel
A reduction in the availability of training facilities will lead to a backlog in training. This means that personnel will not have received necessary recurrent/ refresher training, with a consequent effect on performance. The issue may become a limiting factor on capacity during a return to operations or will cause fatigue or overload where there is a reduced number of personnel providing services.
Increased periods between licence/ validation checks
The lack of testing or checking means that it will be difficult to measure or monitor any reduction in the skills and knowledge of aviation personnel. Mitigation measures should be put in place to ensure that currency is maintained in the circumstances.
Ground handling training programmes disruption
In addition to the problems faced by all personnel in not receiving training, ground handling has a high staff turnover, less secure employment, seasonal staff recruitment and seasonal training (such as for winter operations). This exacerbates problems relating to the inability of organisations to conduct training.
Long gap in flying following type-rating training
While it is not uncommon that type-rating training be followed by a gap before commencing operational flying, the shutdown means that this is now far more widespread and therefore presents a higher risk than it had previously.