Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on delivering training
Covid-19 continues to impact air safety training delivery. As associated restrictions have adjusted, so too have our working practices. This includes the development of ‘virtual’ courses on Microsoft Teams.
Our priority is face to face training but until classroom capacity and social distancing allow, we will maximise virtual or blended delivery for certain courses.
Defence Academy (DefAc) facilities are opening up, including those in the Centre of Air Safety Training (CoAST) facility in Eisenhower Building. Associated applications for courses in the MAA portfolio can resume but we must be pragmatic and carefully apply social distancing to any ‘live’ training. There will be close liaison with DefAc to not overwhelm central services with high demand and any ‘live’ courses will be subject to DefAc capacity and a full risk assessment. As our virtual training experience grows, the future will likely be a mix of virtual and classroom courses.
The course dates for the remainder of TY 21-22 have been updated, please check the MAA course dates for more updates.
Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) applications for courses
With immediate effect all JHC individuals are to submit applications to their unit air safety teams (AST) who will pass them to the JHC AST. JHC Applications sent directly to CoAST will not be actioned.’
MAA Air Safety Training
The MAA AST team deliver, oversee and facilitate access to first class air safety training for UK military, civil servants, contracted civilians and foreign military students at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and other locations.
The delivery and management of a coherent and comprehensive training portfolio for the defence aviation environment assists with the continual improvement of military air safety and enhances appropriate cultural change. We work with specialists from across defence aviation and external subject matter experts, such as Baines Simmons and the Civil Aviation Authority, to ensure air safety training is relevant, appropriate and consistent with JSP822 in the current operating environment.
The MAA AST team comprises of CoAST, Trenchard Building, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, and colleagues based at Abbey Wood North, Juniper Building.
The below STEP suite of courses replaces the DAEMS (Defence aviation error management system) contract from April 2018 onwards. In addition to the standard course dates delivered at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, additional courses are run across the UK on other dates. Please contact your STEP group point of contact for details of these courses and how to apply as the application process differs from the Shrivenham deliveries.