New JAA Training Organisation Foundation Board appointed: interview with three European aviation pioneers



Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands. September 20, 2021. From its beginnings in the 1970s under the umbrella union of Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) to a prolific, world-leading training centre of excellence, JAA Training Organisation’s (JAA TO) objective has always been harmonising the European cooperative regulatory system to achieve uniformly high standards of aviation safety. The vision was clear; for a safer, more secure and sustainable aviation industry.

The unprecedented global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for aviation’s viability and recovery, safety procedures and new operational standards. These new demands characterise the journey of back-to-normal business.

For training and facilitation much evolves around digital education and new modes of (e)learning and online training. In a trailblazing effort, JAA TO built an additional virtual training business that helped aviation professionals to perform their jobs which kept the air transport sector alive during the pandemic.

As digital forms of learning remain viable, JAA TO is also embracing the evolution of training by continuously working on providing even more and better virtual solutions to its stakeholders. Powered by its historic brand name and expertise, JAA TO continues to provide traditional classroom courses complemented by an array of virtual training and consultancy services. Managing the leap forward into a post-COVID world of aviation training is the new JAA TO Foundation Board which took time to reflect on the organisation’s activities and plans.


JAA TO: Directors of the Board, a warm welcome to our newly appointed Member, Jaco Stremler (DG CAA Netherlands) who is familiar with JAA TO through his work with the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), but how would you describe JAA TO is distinguishing itself from other training organisations?

Mr. Quaranta: JAA TO is dynamically involved in various activities, starting from training course development and delivery to cooperation with international training academies, fostering strategic partnerships with high-level stakeholders, presenting at conferences, meetings and launching own training fora. By helping authorities and industry in capacity-building, JAA TO becomes a career-long reference point for aviation professionals and organisations.

Mr. Ribeiro: The history speaks volumes. The former JAA in the past, and the current JAA TO today, provide fundamental contributions to the consolidation of the aviation safety culture in Europe. With the latest portfolio expansions and newly developed virtual training offerings, it is addressing industry trends. This leadership role transcends into other commitments for the aviation community too. For example, executing its pro-active role in the TRAINAIR Plus Steering Committee (TPSC), as Chair, JAA TO effectively engages global [TPP] members and partners in the facilitation of aviation safety training.


JAA TO: Back in early 2020, JAA TO had to devise a new training strategy due to COVID-19. How can the strategy be assessed under today’s circumstances?

Mr. Quaranta: The well-known, long-standing experience and expertise of JAA TO enabled an instant transfer of its high-quality portfolio to virtual classroom training. As training pioneer, JAA TO was constantly innovating to accommodate aviation needs. This learning curve enables the organisation to provide a robust virtual business working with latest technology trends.

Mr. Ribeiro: The virtual classroom offered a flexible alternative to traditional classroom training. It effectively covered vital skills enabling aviation professionals to do their jobs diligently during COVID-19. Today, recovery solutions demand economic and efficient options which the virtual classroom is able to provide.

Mr. Stremler: What sticks out, then and today, is stakeholder management. Thinking with trainees and enhancing the learning experience amid the hardship was and still is a priority. The quality of the JAA TO can also be attributed to its quality of service.

The switch to virtual training was both – challenge and opportunity – for all parties involved. But using the expertise and talent available in the organisation a sustainable virtual business was established. Going forward, the digital landscape and (e)learning designs provide ample opportunity to solidify that top position in digital aviation regulatory training.


JAA TO: With new manpower to the Foundation Board, JAA TO looks ahead to normalisation of events given the improved viability of our sector. To which capacity can training, also virtual business, support aviation’s path to recovery?

Mr. Stremler: JAA TO can be proud of its rich expertise, also facilitated by the many expert instructors, which is globally unique. Translating this advantage into the digital world continues to be a goal for the organisation. The pandemic accelerated the digital transformation that sets JAA TO apart from competition and attracts the modern trainee. The idea of user experience (UX) can be renegotiated offline as well as online and we are on the right track.

The flexibility virtual classroom offers can help the international community to meet regulatory standards regardless of location and other limitations. Global connectivity allows tapping into new markets, and it might become the new normal of training. Nevertheless, the combination of JAA TO’s traditional classroom and virtual training presents good opportunity to accommodate stakeholders according to their preferences. In the end, building back better also means modernising old traditions and as such virtual is the perfect renewal to classroom training.

Mr. Ribeiro: States worldwide make progress in implementing [ICAO] safety guidelines and health measures for fast recovery of the aviation sector. Industry organisations acknowledge the timing and start their own back-to-business plans by complying with authority policy. JAA TO is optimistic that the economic and efficient training of personnel is the path to that recovery and sets itself up accordingly.

Mr. Quaranta: JAA TO proudly continues to serve as leading training institution offering both traditional classrooms and new(er) virtual classrooms. The digital agenda has set foot in the industry and JAA TO keeps pace by rethinking learning designs, virtual environments, etc. As European aviation aims to build back better, our organisation contributes by offering well-known quality services focused on maximum stakeholder satisfaction which come in various forms of offline or online experiences.



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