Q4 2019 Aviation Training Special Operations Courseware Updates

Pelesys Q4 special operations courseware pilot training updates

Pelesys’ special operations aviation training courseware library is one of the largest in the world, and as outlined in our article Pelesys Aviation Training’s Process for updating Special Operations Courseware we are committed to reviewing and updating each course annually to ensure regulatory compliance with transport agencies across the world.

To ensure each course is reviewed and updated annually we operate on a quarterly schedule where a group of courses is reviewed and updated together. Our team recently completed the updates our 2019 Q4 courses including: 

·        Dangerous Goods – 2020

·        PBN Operations – 2019-2020

·        Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) – 2019-2020

·        Safety Management Systems (SMS) – 2019-2020

·        Security – 2019-2020

·        Stabilized Approach / Low Energy Go-Around – 2019-2020

·        Windshear – 2019-2020

Updates to these courses were fairly light in Q4 2019 as there were no major regulatory or compliance changes required, however, below you will find a short overview describing the courses that have been updated.


Dangerous Goods

As outlined in our articles Dangerous Good Aviation Training 2020 – CBTA Update & Pelesys’ Dangerous Goods Aviation Training Course to be Updated to CBTA Framework for 2020 we are in the process of updating our dangerous goods training courses to comply with the ICAO mandate that all dangerous goods training programs be updated to a CBTA framework. This mandate takes effect on January 31st, 2021 and our team is working hard to prepare our dangerous goods courses to meet this regulatory requirement. Once complete airlines of any size will be able to use our framework and apply it to their training programs.

In preparation for this update, the changes to our Dangerous Goods course as part of our Q4 updates were minimal as the major changes will be completed in time for Q4 2020 to meet the January 31st, 2021 implementation date.

The Dangerous Goods course is designed for flight crew, dispatchers and load planners requiring initial or recurrent training in the transportation of dangerous goods by aircraft. This course provides a complete overview of Dangerous Goods practices and procedures, including definitions, limitations, identification and use of tables, and labeling and marking. Special emphasis is provided on undeclared or hidden items, storage and loading procedures, pilots’ notification and provisions for passengers and crew. 

The course is based on the 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Handbook. The included lessons meet the training requirements of the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Category 10.


Performance-Based Navigation Operations (PBN)

Designed for experienced airline pilots requiring initial or recurrent training, the Performance Based Navigation Operations course (PBN) has been developed in response to significant changes in Performance-Based Navigation which resulted from the publication of ICAO PBN Manual Revision 004 (Doc 9613). 

The material covers PBN concepts, and details the framework for the application of the RNAV and RNP Navigation Specifications to Airspace Concepts, operational requirements including Onboard Performance Monitoring and Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitor with and without onboard Fault Detection and Exclusion, and contingency operations in Performance Airspace.  The course also details the application of PBN to Terminal, Approach and Missed Approach Operations, including RNP Approach and RNP Approval Required applications.


Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM)

Targeting experienced Airline Pilots and Flight Dispatchers requiring initial or recurrent RVSM training, the Pelesys RVSM course covers the basic principles of flight operations in Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) airspace.

The course includes operational requirements for aircraft and flight crews, addresses differences for operation in Metric RVSM Airspace and outlines procedures for no-RVSM aircraft.


Safety Management Systems (SMS) – 2019-2020

The Pelesys Safety Management Systems course is designed for Flight Crew, Cabin Crew, Maintenance Engineers and Operational Staff including Performance Engineers, Dispatchers, Traffic Managers, Check-in staff, and Ground Handlers requiring initial or recurrent training.

This course is an introduction to Safety Management Systems.  Included are concepts of organizational accidents, human error and safety cultures, and identification, analysis and documentation of safety hazards.

Specific concepts of Risk Management associated with airline applications of Safety Management Systems are emphasized



The Pelesys Security course covers aviation security issues, including both ground and flight operations. 

The course reviews threats and mitigation, including aviation security screening and considerations for controlled access areas. General issues for security checks, procedures and responsibilities are discussed. Flight operations topics include flight deck access, communication, prohibited items, and emergency procedures. 

The course is available in two versions: Passenger / Cargo Airlines – emphasis on-ground operations at passenger and cargo facilities. Cargo-only Airlines – emphasis on-ground operations at cargo facilities.


Stabilized Approach / Low Energy Go-Around – 2019-2020

The Stabilized Approach / Low Energy Go-Around course outlines the concepts and safety benefits of stabilized approaches. The factors that can lead to un-stabilized approaches are discussed along with flight crew strategies to prevent them. The importance of planning for a go-around from an approach, the conduct of go-arounds and the hazards associated with go-arounds once the aircraft has entered a low energy state are reviewed along with recovery techniques associated with bounced landings.

Created for experienced Airline Pilots requiring initial or recurrent training the Security course has regulatory compliance with ICAO, EASA, FAA, and Transport Canada as well it maintains compliance with IOSA standards.



Available in versions for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, showing aircraft instrumentation for each type the windshear course is for experienced Airline Pilots requiring initial or recurrent training.

This course covers flight operations where windshear is a factor. Windshear weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, microbursts and clear-air turbulence (CAT) are discussed.  The course includes windshear recognition and recovery techniques and precautions for windshear avoidance.

A windshear-related accident is profiled.


For questions related to our special operations courseware or to learn more about the courses please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly via email or by calling us at 1(604) 233-6268. 

For a list of previous 2019 courseware updates please see the following articles:

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