DIATA, the training arm of daa International, is to host a major global aviation conference in Dublin this month.
About 300 delegates from up to 190 countries will attend the Global Aviation Training & Trainair Plus Symposium, which is being organised by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) and will be held at the Grand Hotel, Malahide from March 24-27.
“We are delighted to bring such a prestigious aviation conference to Ireland and to Malahide,” said daa International Chief Executive, Colm Moran. “Aviation is one of the most regulated and compliance based industries in the world and with so many specialised areas in the aviation business, it is vital that people are well equipped with the right skills to do the job. Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss best practice in training, the resourcing challenges facing the aviation business and even more crucially, how we collectively ensure that our industry is well prepared for the future.”
The conference will be a major showcase for DIATA (Dublin International Aviation Training Academy), which is aiming to become a leading global player in aviation education, working in tandem with key industry bodies such as ICAO, Airports Council International and IATA.
“With global civil aviation passenger numbers forecast to double over the next 15 years, there is a major requirement for additional quality training throughout the industry and DIATA is well positioned to be a major player in this growing and essential business,” Mr Moran said.
The potential shortage of skilled aviation staff is such an issue that ICAO has launched a major initiative entitled Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) to help ensure that there are enough qualified and competent aviation professionals available to operate, manage and safeguard future of the aviation industry. T
he Malahide conference will showcase ICAO’s Trainair Plus Programme, which is the main tool use in developing and delivering training courses that meet ICAO’s specific compliance requirements. DIATA is currently a fully accredited ICAO Trainair Plus Gold Member Gold Trainair Plus training centre, and is only the third airport training organisation in the world to receive this high level of certification.
The academy focusses on creating excellence in aviation operations through carefully designed training processes and programs. Strategic partnerships with international aviation bodies and local academic partners such as Dublin City University and the Institute of Technology, Carlow, have been agreed to deliver a streamlined professional approach to aviation training at both in Ireland and overseas.
Aside from showcasing Ireland’s increasing role in aviation training through DIATA, the ICAO conference will also bring a significant economic benefit to Ireland and to Malahide.
“Conference visitors are high spenders and typically about three quarters of those who attend a conference in Ireland are very likely or likely to return to Ireland for a holiday or a short break in the future,” according to Mr Moran.
“Malahide is a beautiful coastal setting and a superb showcase for what Ireland has to offer. An exciting social programme has been included and we look forward to extending a warm Céad Míle Fáilte to all of the conference participants,” Mr Moran added.