Saturday, November 25, 2006

ARINC 424 - shift of dates

Sorry pals,

Due to an OCP commitment we have to shift the ARINC 424 date (Gunten/Switzerland with Jim Terpstra) back one week.
The new dates are now June 25 - 29, 2007.
Jim and me are sorry if that creates any inconvenience.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Get ready for the new PANS-OPS

This is to remind you that in a week from now - on November 23 to be exact - the new PANS-OPS, the fifth edition will become effective. It will not be available in print, as there is already an amendment in the pipeline from OCP/14, which will be effective in March 2007.
However, the so called "advanced copy" that was circulated a year ago carries some editorial errors. Not all of them were corrected yet, they will be in the Spring release.
If you have problems with the new structure, maybe it would be time for a recurrent/refresher course ;-)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Top Cities

As somebody travelling a lot I always get asked about favourite places, favourite cities. So here is my top ten lists of cities all over the world.

1. Singapore
2. London
3. Seattle
4. Fort Lauderdale
5. Hong Kong
6. Tokyo
7. Denver
8. Palma
9. Kopenhagen
10. Bangkok

There are various reasons why the list is as it is, but I won't give them here. I might also publish my list of disliked places (Paris watch it!) relatively soon. :-)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Various news

While we are in the last stage of part 1 of a basic PANS-OPS course here at the ANI/ATMC facility in Fukuoka/Japan, we are working hard on the academic year 2007. The new concept for the initial training is starting to look good. As mentioned earlier, more e-learning will be required, also prior to part 1. That will free some time we will use for practical exercises with a ficticious simplified airport (just a couple of obstacles and a hill. These exercises will be used to put the theory into a practical context without any real world complexity. Then the practical phase will be as always, a real world environment, working with real maps.
Apart from the new Geodesy courses with Dr. Maurizio Scaramuzza and Dr. Alain Geiger. There are a few other new courses in the Pipeline for the second half of the year. One will be the "Procedure Design Level 3" which consists of Performance Based Navigation and APV (Baro-VNAV and SBAS VNAV). I will have to set the length, I am currently considering 2 weeks but it might as well be 3. Another course will be the Holding and Reversals Master Class. We are discussing whether we want to do this as a classroom course or online only. More on 2007 courses very soon. So long!