Anneke Nabben

Anneke Nabben, Training Expert, Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR

Anneke Nabben has a Master of Educational Science and seventeen years of experience in instructional design and research in aviation. Before joining NLR in 2010, she worked for KLM and Airbus. Anneke has been leading projects for civil and military organisations and is expert in the development of training concepts with a focus on proper integration of training solutions within the training design. She is responsible for the development of the EASA concept paper on Aviation Blended Learning Environments (ABLE), which is part of the EASA rule making task 0599 ‘Evidence-based and competency-based training’.


Do We Really Need High Fidelity Training?

High end simulation is often appointed as the required simulator fidelity for aviation training. However, several decades of research in the area of training solutions can and should be used in support of each other to achieve the desired training objectives. For practical training there are more training devices that can be used in order to complement and ensure optimal use of the high end simulation. Unfortunately, the use of these devices and technologies has not been fully explored in aviation and therefore these technologies are not used to their full potential as of yet.

To maximise the effectiveness of training programs, a structured approach to select and optimise a blend of training solutions is required. Selecting different training solutions and use them for what they are best at is an effective and future proof strategy. This provides pilots with different opportunities to practice and respond to a wide range of events, which increases resilience. To support this strategy, EASA opened a Rule Making Task (RMT 0599) for which is explored how blended training solutions can be defined and integrated in training programs. This RMT also developed a process called CAPABLE (Comprehensive Analysis Process for Aviation Blended Learning Environments) based on scientific principles.

Working according to this process opens the opportunity to refine and optimize your training solution suite in an EASA approved manner. Additionally, such a blend of training solutions is in support of more personalised and thus evidence-based training. This due to the use of less expensive and more accessible solutions such as tablet-based and AR/VR scenario-based trainers. This presentation will give an overview of CAPABLE.