EBT Programme Evolution

EBT Programme Evolution

Evolve your training.
Evolve your pilots.

There are many ways to a complete (Baseline) EBT programme, and we help you more from one phase to the next. Whether you are starting from a legacy, A(T)QP or (mixed-)EBT training programme, we are here to help you evolve your training programme further, with small or big steps. We support operators in two ways: our EBT Program Evolution Workshop and our EBT Team Support.

EBT Program Evolution Workshop

Our EBT Progam Evolution Workshop is a two day program in which your (EBT) team collaborates with NLR EBT experts in developing a plan to evolve your pilot training program to the next step, whether this is implementing EBT principles, or transition to Baseline EBT or another step (see below). Our workshop is highly interactive and engaging, focused on transition knowledge and insights over all aspects of an EBT program and the associated regulations and best-practices. We take an element-by-element approach and provide you a unique map to navigate the structure of an EBT program in different maturity stages. We summarize the results of the workshop for you, and generate an actionable gap analysis to accelerate your implementation or evolution. Our workshop is delivered by two experienced EBT experts (including unique Baseline EBT experience) and can be delivered on location, online or at our facilities in Amsterdam.

EBT Team Support

Running a small operation and need some extra hands? Do you need to speed up your transition? Stuck somehere and need a hand to move forward?

Our team is there to help you in the way that you need. We offer a flexible form of support that can either extend you team and offload certain activities in busy times (e.g. support in drafting manuals), advise when and where you need it (e.g. on-call consulting) and mini-series of sessions to help you find out where your implementation or program may be getting stuck, and help you crack some of the tougher challenges in implementing and evolving your EBT program. We help operators at all stages of implementation, look below to see what next steps you may be able to take.

What is your next step?

  • Step 1

    Starting from legacy training?

    Your first step toward EBT is shifting from a checking and compliance-heavy training programme to introducing assessment of competencies. Good competency assessment is the foundation of effective EBT. By moving toward a phase called EBT Principles, your instructors familiarize with the concept of competencies. This is a first important change in the training culture conducive to EBT. It is also possible to first move to ATQP, however this requires two years (under EASA) before it provides benefits; moving toward EBT bypasses this waiting time.

    Run with EBT principles for 6-12 months before moving onward. We can help you train your instructors, and develop and implementation plan and risk assessment in preparation for (Mixed-) EBT.

  • Step 2

    Starting from A(T)QP?

    Advanced (Training) & Qualification Programme (A(T)QP) is already a great step towards EBT as your training programme has facilitated more training time and your training data is driving part of your training programme. Your next step can be to evolve your grading and assessment system toward competency assessment, similar to EBT principles. However, under A(T)QP you can use this data to drive your training to reinforce competencies and associated tasks. This is a form of EBT Principles we call ATQP+.

    Run with ATQP+ for 6-12 months before moving onward. We can help you with a transition course for instructors from ATQP to EBT, and we can also support integrating your ATQP program into an EBT program (including merging of ATQP and topic matrices).

    Step 2

  • Step 3

    Starting from EBT principles/A(T)QP+?

    This step is a major one for any training organization. If your instructors are familiarized with competencies, you can evolve your training programme to Mixed-EBT, a form in which the EBT programme including modules, training phases and topic matrices replace your existing recurrent programme structure. You also use training data to drive your recurrent programme, similar but more expansive than A(T)QP. However, in Mixed-EBT (mixed-implementation) you still perform regular LPC (FCL checks) annually as a safeguard.

    EASA is requiring a period of at least 3 years of Mixed-EBT before baseline (full) EBT can be approved, including two years of ICAP. We help you develop an transition plan to Mixed-EBT and facilitate an oversight plan with your NAA. Our Program Design Workshop provides you a roadmap to navigate all EBT elements and associated (EASA) regulations. This clears a path for you to for care-free implementation of Mixed-EBT.

  • Step 4

    Starting from Mixed-EBT?

    If you are running mixed-EBT, the next step is to transition to Baseline (full) EBT. EASA regulations requires that a mixed-EBT programme must run for three years and demonstrate programme suitability (including two years of ICAP) and training effectiveness before transitioning to baseline EBT. However, this transition is worthwhile as it removes the mandatory LPC check and therefore removes the need for recurrent training examiners: there are only EBT instructors. This provides additional flexibility in both the EBT programme and use of training personnel, and allows the operators to truly run a performance-based training system.

    As per December 2020, Baseline EBT is possible under EASA. We offer a special EBT Baseline Transition Workshop that supports Mixed-EBT operators (and their NAAs) to transition to Baseline EBT. Our team has unique Baseline EBT experience (the first under EASA!) and can help you identify the most effective path to transition to Baseline EBT.

    Step 4

  • Step 5

    Starting from Baseline EBT?

    In the event that your NAA has already approved a Baseline EBT Program,  the next evolution is to further improve your programme by merging training data with operational and safety data to further close the gap between training and operations. Furthermore, a baseline EBT programme may also provide an opportunity to develop pilot competencies without a flight simulator, using new training technologies such as virtual reality and low-fidelity simulations in an Aviation Blended Learning Environment (ABLE). An outlook into better training for the same training footprint.

    We offer a Safety Investigation EBT Training Course that builds a bridge between your SMS system and you EBT program. NLR is actively participating in the development and regulation of new training technologies for civil pilot training such as CAPABLE within EASA RMT.0599. Contact us to find out more.

Relevant experience

GAP Analysis
TUI/ARKEFLY, SwissGrid, Aegean Airlines

Safety Case
Rijkswaterstaat, A380 @ EHAM, Twente Airport, Avinor, SIRA Lithium Batteries KLM, Intro runway-incursion alerting system, etc.

Training Needs Analysis
RNLAF Fast Jets, RNLAF Heli, CAE Business Jets, KLM ATQP, LVNL OPS-change, LVNL Lelystad Airport

NO-TECHS development

Man4Gen Project
Cognitive scenario design approach/malfunction clustering

FutureSky Safety Project
Competency Based Scenario Design Method

Further scenario design

Want to learn more?

Contact us To find out more about availability and pricing.


Frederik Mohrmann

NLR EBT Program Manager