Training Practices Workstream

The Training Practices Workstream effort is currently focused on the provision of synthetic training in voice communications in FSTDs and seeking to update current ICAO provisions on ground training and their interpretation and implementation by CAAs and operators.


The Chairman is Captain John Bent FRAeS, Hong Kong Airlines.

John Bent has enjoyed an aviation career spanning 50 years, with 13,000 hours as a professional pilot on 28 aircraft types; in the RAF on V Bombers and as a QFI, and later flying for four airlines. Experience included management of an RAF Flying Club; launch of a multi-cultural International School in Hong Kong, and training and policy management roles in Cathay Pacific Airways - one as launch training manager for A340-330 fleet entry. He was also involved with the design of the Cathay Flight Training Centre.

John participated in the founding meeting in 1992 at the University of Texas, which led to the LOSA programme, and received a distinction in IOSA auditor training. He managed three Type Rating Training Organisations, and led the launch of the former GE Capital Aviation Training Centre in Hong Kong which served 23 airlines in the Asia-Pac (including seven from China).

He has presented and chaired sessions at a large number of International Conferences and Symposiums, written widely for many aviation publications, and has been a consultant to IATA and to an Australian Government Safety Assistance Programme in Indonesia. After working recently part-time as an A330 Flight Simulator Instructor at Cathay Pacific Airways, his current role is with Hong Kong Airlines as General Manager overseeing the new 12-Simulator Training Centre Project, due for completion in late 2018.

A consistent thread throughout John Bent’s career has been the promotion of the important link between training and safety.

The Workstream Vice-Chairman is Captain Patrick Magisson, Air France and IFALPA.

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