Aviation is a dynamic industry that continually incorporates new technology and new ways of doing everyday tasks that makes them more efficient, economical, and safer. These improvements are introduced and put into practice through recurrent training, which is an aviation requirement at every level, from the cockpits of the business aircraft that fly to and from Addison Airport to the people behind the wheels of the airport’s vehicles.
For its educational efforts in 2014, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) recognized Addison Airport and its staff with an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training Award. The airport training is efficiently conducted through concise, economical online videos and presentations on a variety of airport-specific topics.
There are 134 programs dedicated to ARFF (aircraft rescue and fire fighting), some of them featuring home state experts, like those at the DFW Fire Training Research Center, who discussed ways to improve training, and Bell Helicopter Textron, who discussed how ARFF crews can best handle incidents involving rotary wing aircraft. Many of the 25 environmental sessions focus on the management of wildlife and its habitat.
There are 86 sessions in the Operations/Maintenance category. They cover a diverse spectrum, from the basics of airfield driving safety and preventing incursions, marking signs, and lighting, and protecting navigation aids such as the ILS, to the implications of spaceport to aviation. And it delves into seemingly mundane topics such as record keeping and “Airport Condition Reporting, or the Notices to Airmen that are a critical part of airport safety.
There are another 46 sessions in the Police/Public Safety/Security category, 65 in Administration, and 40 in the Digicast Required Training curriculum, with 24 of them mandated by Part 139, which encompasses the requirements for earning and maintaining an FAA airport operating certificate. Equally important, the Digicast system tracks an individual’s training and provides proof to regulators that they have met their recurrent training requirements.