Airways New Zealand is set to revolutionise the training of air traffic controllers globally with the launch of airBooks – a dynamic, media rich platform, empowering learning for the ‘net generation’ of aviation professionals.
Designed for tech-savvy students of the ‘net generation’, the airBooks range of Airways interactive resources allows students to work and learn at their own pace, with content that caters to individual learning styles. Airways has announced the launch of airBooks at the ATC Global trade and exhibition event in Dubai this week.
The airBooks range covers the entire International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) syllabus across six downloadable titles: airMET, airNAV, airOPS, airLAW, airGAK and airHPF. All content is aligned to ICAO regulations and guidelines.
Sharon Cooke, Airways Head of Training, says airBooks have been specifically developed by a team of young aviation professionals to meet the expectations of ‘net generation’ learners for a socially connected learning community, with content that is dynamic, responsive and interactive.
“With airBooks, we are empowering this new generation of students by shifting from the traditional paper and manual based learning, to a mobile learning platform that supports learning anywhere, anytime and at any pace,” Ms Cooke says.
airBooks books are flexible and able to be personalised and customised. The course content can be viewed in multiple formats – for example, text, images, videos, interactive animation or games, and can be instantly updated whether by smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Students can also share their learning with peers and colleagues and gain technical support as part of the overall training package.
“It’s perfect for students who have grown up in a digital world and expect to access information or course content wherever and whenever it suits them,” Ms Cooke says.
Airways will host an ‘e-learning lab’ at ATC Global to promote airBooks, and obtain feedback on its range of Airways Interactive Resources e-learning technologies. This will provide valuable information to help Airways better understand customers’ needs for e-learning resources.
“We believe we’ve developed a new and unique ATC training resource that’s a first for the aviation industry, and we’re excited about the potential of airBooks to revolutionise the aviation industry’s traditional paper-based approach to training,” Ms Cooke concludes.