Evidence Based Training (EBT) is a new training philosophy for civil aviation that has been in development since 2007. EBT is rooted in the concepts of resilient operations, and aims to develop pilots in several core competencies, instead of training a narrow, familiar and repetitive set of tasks. By developing competencies, a pilot is effectively prepared to manage safety and performance in many different situations, not only those explicitly trained.
EBT features the combination of evidence (data) driven training and competency based training. EBT generates competency data, and uses this data to adapt the operator’s recurrent training to focus on actual competency training needs. In this way, EBT provides an elegant framework to continuously improve pilot core competencies.
NLR actively participates in industry initiatives to structure and responsibly implement EBT globally, with a focus on refining a balanced set of performance based regulations within the EASA regulatory framework. NLR is part of several EBT working groups and has contributed decades of CBTA R&D knowledge and experience to help make EBT a reality in developing pilot resilience.
More information can be found in ICAO’s document 9995, EASA’s EBT regulations as per December 2020 and March 2021, and IATA’s EBT manual.