Training Time Frames

At recent training meetings, the topics of training time frames for initial and recurrent training, theoretical and practical training components, and corporate training versus training to accommodate air carrier program differences, for example, have been discussed at length. The overall consensus from the group is that the amount of actual time allocated for specific elements of the training curriculum can vary significantly from one organization to the next.

Here’s your chance to weigh in:

Should industry recommendations specify the minimum time frames for de/anti-icing training of personnel?





  1. chris.schock says:

    My opinion is that it may be challenging to specify minimum time frames.

    The time spent on training is dependent on a few things, such as:

    1) The complexities involved in the local deicing procedures and processes, and the requirements of the companies own program;
    2) The number of aircraft types handled in a location that require training on;
    3) The type of equipment used to perform services (i.e. one common type versus multiple types of units and models);
    4) The number of air carriers handled and the time frames required for their own programs and/or if differences only training is required.

    The above points are just a few of many items that need to be taken into consideration.

    The key is, that for initial training, enough time is spent in the classroom or on the computer (CBT/e-learning), to cover all required elements, and that prior to the final qualification (check-out), that a new deicing operator is observed de/anti-icing during actual operations. For recurrent training, enough time needs to be spent on the basic key components, and changes from the previous season.

    In my opinion, should we specify minimums, perhaps not, but we should ensure that our deicing operators are fully trained and qualified as per the company and air carrier program’s requirements, and assess skill and knowledge through thorough evaluation.

    • Arjen Piest says:

      I would agree with Chris here, there are way to many variables to take into consideration to come up with a “standard minimum time frame”.

      Perhaps it would be a start to agree on a standard training program for initial training. For e.g. :
      1) Classroom session: What is De-icing, why do we do it etcetera,
      2) CBT/e-learning
      3) Pratical training in non actual conditions (temporarly license)
      4) Check out during actual De-icing conditions (permanent license)

      Further more we, as main De-icing provider at AMS, created a standard de-icing method and all of our customers (over 60) comply with our way of de-icing. This way we don’t need to train our, over 100 operators, on the specials of our customers. Perhaps it worth considering for other providers as well…

      so, should industry recommendations specify the minimum time frames for de/anti-icing training of personnel? I think that is an utopia we can’t create, but perhaps we can make a start with a agreed standard program?

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