Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IFP Conference Lisbon was a success

This first event organized by ANI with the goal to have all relevant disciplines related to designing flight procedures in one room for a couple of days, allowing for sufficient time to discuss matters in a relaxed and informal environment was in my opinion a success. A lot of exchange of information took place, we learnt a lot and we had a good time. We shall repeat this on a regular basis as discussed in the Conference itself already.
Allow me a personal remark here: That some people who did NOT attend the Conference now get in touch with people who DID attend and ask them to share the presented material is a bit unabashed to put it mildly.
By no means we will disclose any material to anybody who was not actually present. It will be up to the presenter to decide if they want to share anything and if, we will make it available to the participants.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

External announcement - FPDAM Course in Rome

We were asked by a customer to share the quoted info below:

The anticipated amount is EUR 9500 for max. of 6 designers out of which 4 places remain vacant. Duration is  weeks, location at IDS in Rome, expected starting date at the beginning of July, still negotiable though.

Duration I would assume 2 weeks? 3 weeks? When we have the info, we can provide it here. Please DO NOT contact the ANI with regard to that course, get in touch with Viktor directly. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

IFP Conference June 6-8 moved to bigger venue

As the IFP Conference in Lisbon June 6-8 already sold out the 40 seat auditorium, thanks to the flexibility of NavPortugal we can announce that we moved the event accross the road to Nav's main building to an 80-seat auditorium.
This is great news because we still have a number of interested people who would like to participate.
An update on confirmed speakers:
Nils Lundström of GeomaticSolutions, Rapporteur of the IFPP CRM Working Group will speak about the Collision Risk Model work that is going on and will explain a few important things regarding obstacle modelling and number of obstacles used in a CRM run. Then we have Martin Zillig, Lufthansa Systems and ANI ARINC 424 instructor, who will inform us about the choice of ARINC 424 leg types in a combined PBN/ILS environment. To follow this up, Patrice Rouquette, Avionics Engineer at Airbus will explain the aircraft systems behaviour in the same environment. Procedure Design related we have a couple of real-world examples shown from Romano Germann, ANI Services Chief Designer regarding a Flight Procedure in ectremely complex terrain, as well as an example of a PinS Helicopter project. Romon Solé, IFP Designer at Pildo Labs will present another PinS example in complex terrain. Finally Frank Lumnitzer, Captain at Condor Airlines will present operational issues from the cockpit perspective in a PBN environment.

We still have a couple of slots to be allocated. We certainly want to have a speach about practical PBN implementation, as that is one of the burning topics today. Personally I just wanted to moderate the event but depending on what will be going on at the IFPP meeting in two weeks, I might be doing a briefing as well. All in all I want this to be an exchange of ideas for people in the procedure design domain and everybody should leave Lisbon satisfied and with the wish to have such an event on a regular basis.
Updated info file here.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

New: Flight Validation Practical Module

As far as I am concerned this is a milestone achievement. We always thought that the Flight Validation Pilot Course could do with some kind of practical module. ANI Services Chief Designer Romano Germann delivered the first such practical in the helicopter simulator in December in Zürich. The feedback was excellent.
Now we are able to offer the same for fixed wing pilots. The ANI established a cooperation with Lufthansa and appointed the four instructors Josef Anschau, Pascal Wegmann, Emre Gümüs and Pieter-Bas Oortman. They teach the new 4-day Flight Validation Practical Module that will be held September 4-8 (Monday afternoon to Friday midday) in the Lufthansa Simulator Center at Frankfurt Airport. It is an optional module but highly recommended. The rundown of the course will be that participants will get a flight procedure report to start with, which they have to work through and do the analysis of the impact on Flight OPS (the so called pre-flight validation). Then they will establish a plan how to perform the flight validation, specific issues to check etc. on the third day of the course the participants will fly the procedure in a simulator. We cannot guarantee which one, it could be anyone in the Airbus 3xx family including the Airbus 380. At the end, a validation report is produced. There will also be information on recording and post-treatment of recorded data.
I strongly believe that this was the missing jigsaw in an already good training program and will help that future Flight Validation Pilots come out of the course more confident and up to speed with what will be required from them.
Expensive you think? Maybe that is the best part: we are able to offer that module for CHF 3000 per participant. Again, we are talking a full shebang airline simulator we will be using for this.

There will be another course held at the same location aimed to help Flight Procedure Designers to understand Flight OPS. It will also include simulator time, but let me announce that separately when we agreed on the dates for that one.

Friday, January 06, 2017

IFP Conference Lisbon, June 6-8 2017 - Registration open!

Dear All,

As previously announced the above event will be organized by us and we open the registration for the event now. Again, this is not a commercial operation, the participation fee is charged for the organization and the overhead cost. The participation fee is 300€ per participant for the event as a whole or partly. Please note that we only have 40 seats available, the conference is likely to sell out quickly. You can download a brochure and a registration form.

As you can see in the info brochure, we also have reserved two speaking slots of 20 minutes for participants. People who think that they have an interesting issue/topic to share and discuss with the community can ask us for the slot. We will decide based on our own absolutely biased and non-neutral judgement.

Potential presenters please note the following:
You MUST go through the presentation technique lecture of ANI first.
The slot of 20 minutes MUST not be stretched. If you go too long, we will cut you off. As a rule of thumb you can count 7 to maximum 10 slides if you use presentation software.
DON'T EVEN THINK about using bullet lists or more than 20 words per slide. If the presentation means anything without you speaking, it is not a good presentation. You are the show, not the slides.

We will capture hot topics in the conference proceedings and make sure they get fed into the correct channels (ICAO, Eurocontrol, EASA etc.) as appropriate.

Friday, December 16, 2016

International IFP Conference Lisbon, June 6-8, 2017

Dear All,

The ANI organizes a small conference for Flight Procedure Design to allow some exchange of ideas, discussions. This will be held in Lisbon in the Training Center of Nav Portugal near the Airport. It is not meant to be a commercial operation for us, we will however charge a participation fee to cover the overhead for the organization of the event. No worries, it will not be high and we shall communicate it as soon as we open the registration.
Important: It is not a large event, we have 40 seats, so early booking will be crucial. First come, first served. Also we deliberately did not shop for any sponsorship.

Those who know me will be aware that I am not a big fan of "death by Powerpoint". So I will make sure the speakers on stage will be people who have understood my lecture "presentation technique", which is avalable for free on the ANI website.

I foresee the speaking slots to be 20 minutes long and we will make sure NOBODY tries to put in like 90 slides in that period (20 minutes allows for 7 to 10 slides for someone who has understood didactics...). Then we will have a moderated discussion period about the topic of equal length. At such events often I see too much time allocated for some speaker and not enough to discuss.

Good. Reserve the dates already if you with to participate, I will work on the program and annonce as soon as registration will open.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

ARINC 424 Spring 2017

I am approached by a number of people regarding the next ARINC 424. Here is the plan: Tentative dates at the moment are May 8-12. This is immediately after the advanced PBN fixed wing course and in parallel with the Heli PinS course. This allows people interested in the advanced PBN and the ARINC to do both with one trip. The folks joining for the Heli PinS will be able to enjoy some joint sessions with the ARINC 424 class.
I am currently coordinating this with the instructors. Likely, Jim Terpstra will be lecturing the ARINC 424. I keep you posted.