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28 November, 17:35

And that is IT from #icaoNGAP folks! Thanks for tuning in.

28 November, 17:00

Alright dear readers, through the magic of the internet and technology, watch live as Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, ICAO, and Andrei Bochis, President, Concordia Model United Nations, presents the results of the Model ICAO Forum and Stephen P. Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO, give the closing remarks.

28 November, 16:38

We are wrapping up the last panel of #icaoNGAP with a Q & A. After this, we will be joined by Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, ICAO, and Andrei Bochis, President, Concordia Model United Nations, to present the result of the Model ICAO Forum (you can read through this Twitter feed for more info on how the Forum went) and then Stephen P. Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO, will be giving the closing remarks.

I'm hearing murmurs of an exciting announcement, so I'll see if I can get a live stream plugged into the blog so you can watch it live with us!

 

28 November, 16:09

Juan César Thomas Burgos, Director, Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation, Dominican Republic, is presenting the academia's point of view on the current gaps in the NGAP strategy, and how to develop a national NGAP strategy.

For him, the four pillars of the strategy are:

  • ICAO support
    • Assistance to NGAP State commisions
    • Coordination with regional officers
    • Technical experts guidance
    • Provision of tools and updated data
    • Connection with other aviation organization
  • Academia actions
    • Implementation of NGAP strategies
    • Follow up of the roadmap
    • Increase of academic offer
    • Promotion plans
    • Agreements with other CATC and universities
  • Government integration
    • Contact with the Ministry of Education
    • Joint local action plans
    • Access to all levels of organized education system
    • Possible access to official resources
  • Industry participation
    • Required professional profiles
    • Job opportunities
    • Internship programs
    • Competition for skilled employees
    • Retaining hired personnel

 

 

28 November, 15:44

28 November, 15:29

Mere moments away from the final panel at #icaoNGAP. On stage are:

  • Diana Dumitrache, Director General, European Aviation Institute, President, Romanian Aeronautical Association, Romania and Chair NGAP Strategy and Planning Working Group
  • Bastien Bernard, Chief Operating Officer, DSNA Services, France
  • Juan César Thomas Burgos, Director, Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation, Dominican Republic
  • Kirsten Riensema, Member of the Air Navigation Commission, United Kingdom, ICAO
  • Cédrick Lalaizon, Deputy Director, AeroPortal, Next Generation Workforce Aéro Montréal, Canada
  • G.C.G.P. Dabarera, Secretary of the National Committee of NGAP Sri Lanka Programme & National Coordinator, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Hao Liu, Director, Institute of Aviation Law and Standard and Deputy Director, National Research Center of Air Traffic Management Law and Standard, Beihang University, China

 

28 November, 14:54

Quick java break before resuming with the last panel of #icaoNGAP! Back in half an hour.

28 November, 14:37

Yesterday, one of our speakers asked the audience to define who the next generation of aviation professionals are--are they high school students? College graduates? What about experienced professionals who wish to change career paths?

Darius Lim, Acting Director (Aviation Industry), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, touches on that question in his presentations. He says there's been a focus on millennials, but Singapore is also looking at how to lower the barriers for mid-career entries into the aviation industry. They do this through aviation  learning journeys, open houses and more.

 

28 November, 14:11

Thobile Masooa, Executive Human Resources, South African Civil Aviation Authority:

The skills shortage is no longer a looming threat, it is a stark reality that many countries are facing. Rapid growth and change is reshaping the aviation industry. At the moment the aviation industyy is dominated by a generations of individuals over the age of 40, and there is an imbalance in terms of gender representation, the aviation industry is still dominated by men across the world.

 

28 November, 13:56

 

28 November, 13:40

So upon returning from lunch I discovered that my message about going to lunch never posted, which is fun. In any case, we are back for the last part of #icaoNGAP and on stage we have:

  • Mary Nelson, Division Manager, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy, United States and Chair NGAP Implementation Working Group
  • Hesham Al Tenaiji , Manager ANSP Training, General Civil Aviation Authority, United Arab Emirates
  • Margareth Josephath Kyarwenda, Secretary General, Association of African Aviation Training Organizations, Ethiopia
  • Darius Lim, Acting Director (Aviation Industry), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Thobile Masooa, Executive Human Resources, South African Civil Aviation Authority

 

28 November, 11:55

Dr. Carmen Sicilia, Associate Dean, McGill University School of Continuing Studies, Canada, is talking about what strategies are to be developed by stakeholders and industry to encourage, engage and prepare current and future young professionals.

She puts emphasis on moving away from transactional exchanges with young professionals, and move towards a relationship-building. It is important to do this at various stages: with youth who are beginning to think about their jobs, when they are about to make college/university choices, when they are in college/university, when they are ready to look for employment.

 

28 November, 11:39

28 November, 11:31

Meshesha Belayneh, Chief, Global Aviation Training Office (GAT), ICAO, is speaking of recent transformations in education, and the necessity for what he calls a "trilateral cooperation."

A trilateral cooperation consists of States, academia and industry all working together to enhance the accessibility of education through relevance, innovations and affordability. He gives the following example:

Academia can integrate new technologies and delivery methods based on industry best practices (online distance learning, massive/hybrid open online courses, etc). Industry, in turn, can sponsor technology/tools to support accessibility to these. States can also collaborate and recognize innovative academic programmes.

28 November, 11:24

 

28 November 11:13

 

28 November 11:10

Here we go on the last panel of this morning at #icaoNGAP. On stage are:

  • Lynne McMullen, Director, Business Development, School of Aviation at Seneca College, Canada and Vice-Chair NGAP Outreach Working Group
  • Meshesha Belayneh, Chief, Global Aviation Training Office (GAT), ICAO
  • Capt. Tilmann Gabriel, Assistant Professor, University of London and Chairman/President International Pilot Training Association (IPTA), United Kingdom
  • Dr. Gary Northam, President of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), United States
  • Capt. Carl Davis, Director, Air Crew Operations, Training Services, Boeing Global Services, United States
  • Dr. Carmen Sicilia, Associate Dean, McGill University School of Continuing Studies, Canada
  • Philippe Crebassa, Vice-President, École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, France

28 November, 10:15

Alright,  it's time for a coffee break. The live blog will resume in 45 minutes!

28 November, 10:07

Interesting parallel happening in this panel. On the one hand, presenters are speaking of the different ways that young professionals learn. Often, these ways are interactive, they are short bursts of information and rely on innovative technologies.

On the other hand, the second half of the presenters are speaking of learning techniques for an older generation of aviation professionals that still pursue training opportunities. This generation tends to steer clear of the bells and whistles, and prefer a more traditional way of learning with less technology involved.

 

28 November, 9:52

28 November, 9:41

Kelly de Lambert, Training Centre Manager, Airways New Zealand Training Centre, New Zealand, is talking new trending strategies in innovation for an evolving demographic. She says the new way of learning requires flexibility and something more cost effective,  people want something when they want it and they are seeking new learning tools that provide that flexibility.

To respond to this growing need, the Airways New Zealand Training Centre uses AIRBOOKS, a cloud-based interactive elearning tool that caters to a new generation of learners. It includes formative assessments with instant feedback. The content is dynamic, mobile-friendly and up to date.

 

28 November, 9:29

Lori Brown, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, United States and Chair NGAP Outreach Working Group, is explaining what "mixed reality" is:

Mixed reality allows us to mix our digital world with our real world, as opposed to virtual reality which is just digital. I use this in my labs, we're able to bring aviation components into the classroom that usually wouldn't fit. Aircraft models and interactive cockpits, I can bring them live into the classroom. Students can do a full walk around and examine it."

Mixed reality can be used for maintenance training, cabin training, creating virtual laboratoires, practice procedures, pilot training. In fact, Lori says it can even be used by two people across the world from each other and be seeing the same visuals, which is very useful for teaching. The instructor and the student can see the exact same things.

 

 

28 November, 9:22

 

28 November, 9:14

And here we go! The first panel of the day are making their way on stage:

  • Dr. Paul Bates, Head, Aviation & Logistics, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Kelly de Lambert, Training Centre Manager, Airways New Zealand Training Centre, New Zealand
  • Lori Brown, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, United States and Chair NGAP Outreach Working Group
  • Deborah Stephenson, Workforce Development, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States
  • André Rebouças, Director, National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) Training Centre, Brazil

28 November, 8:53

Good morning everyone and welcome back to the #icaoNGAP live blog! People are slowly filtering in, and we're scheduled to start in about 10 minutes.

27 November, 17:38

And that is IT from the first day of #icaoNGAP! Time to mingle, I'll be back tomorrow at 9AM for more coverage from the second day.

27 November, 17:33

27 November, 17:21

Anna Falth, Manager, Special Programmes, United Nations Women (UN WOMEN), is presenting on the changing world of work. I've been waiting all day for this particular presentation, and it doesn't disappoint. Some of the statistics and numbers are a bit jarring, but the underlying message here is that we are moving forward; and we need to continue to do so.

Some takeaways from her presentation that hit me hard:

  • The gender pay gap is 16.7% less per hour
  • Women's representation on boards from 2003-2016 increased from 8.5% to 23%
  • In general, girls lack access to secondary education, particularly to quality STEM programmes
  • Girls start to self-select out of STEM starting in middle school and their sense of self-efficacy goes down even when they perform as well, or better, than their male counterparts
  • Women continue to drop out of STEM disciplines in disproportionate numbers during their higher education studies

 

27 November, 17:08

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Air Canada, Canada is talking to us about what their approach to young professionals: agile engagement. What does the next generation want? They approach it through:

  • Transparency: tempo of communication, and giving employees the information first
  • Holacracy and talent: variety, room to innovate, comfort with ambiguity
  • Socialized development: unique programs, flexible opportunities
  • Awareness: leaders who are self aware and less introverted
  • Diversity and inclusion: sense of belonging and identity

 

27 November, 16:48

Alejandra Cruz Ross, Transport Officer, Sectoral Policies, International Labour Organization(ILO), is presenting on the  decent work for the civil aviation sector. ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations overseeing the world of work. They take a sectoral approach to promote decent work by addressing social and labour issues in 22 sectors, including civil aviation sector.

27 November, 16:34

Ursula Wynhoven, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Representative to the United Nations:

Tech has no gender. The goal is to create an unstoppable global movement where women and girls are equal participants in the digital technology revolution.

27 November, 16:03

27 November 15:56

Final panel of the afternoon coming up! On stage are:

  • Dr. Dimitrios Dimitriou, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Athens International Airport (AIA), Greece
  • Ananthanarayan Sainarayan, Chief, Aviation Data and Analysis Section, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO
  • Alejandra Cruz Ross, Transport Officer, Sectoral Policies, International Labour Organization(ILO)
  • Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Air Canada, Canada
  • Anna Falth, Manager, Special Programmes, United Nations Women (UN WOMEN)
  • Ursula Wynhoven, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Representative to the United Nations
  • Rovani Sigamoney, Programme Specialist, Section for Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

 

27 November, 15:23

27 November, 15:06

Shaesta Waiz now has the stage. I could summarize what she's saying, but she's so inspirational, you should just see it for yourself.

27 November, 14:44

Quick Q&A happening here after the presentations. Up next is Shaesta Waiz at 15:00. I'll see if I can plug that live stream here so you can watch!

27 November, 14:21

Mitchell Lichocki, Electrical Engineering Student, Concordia University, Canada, details what he thinks the 4 pillars of the aerospace industry are:

  1. Student initiatives: networking, international experiences, student associations
  2. Educational institute initiatives: encourage student creativity, industry involvement and observe what students want (communications, student panels)
  3. Industry intiatives: student development, motivation, challenge them. Provide internships, industry showcases, case studies and research
  4. Government initiatives: promote experiential learning by providing subsidies for internships and research grants, promote international opportunities through work/study exchanges and international events.

 

 

 

27 November, 14:09

Andrew Osinski and Jenna Lee, both Honours Science and Aviation, Earth Science Specialization students, University of Waterloo, Canada,  say they chose aviation because of their desire for travel and adventure, for new cultures and experiences.

They conducted a study at the University of Waterloo, and discovered that 5 years after graduation, 88.9% of students wanted to be working for a regional or major airline, 2.5% wanted to work in military aviation, and 8.6% wanted to work in specialty service.

 

 

 

27 November, 13:59

Rudy Egeileh, CEGEP Montmorency and 100 Laval Squadron – Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Canada, is detailing some of the ways the Cadets attract youth aviation. It includes initiatives like Aviation Day, scholarships, and offering the glider pilot licence and training programme. In fact, according to Egeileh, the largest number of glider pilots in Canada come from the Air Cadets. Neat!

 

27 November, 13:43

 

27 November, 13:35

We're starting the second panel of #icaoNGAP, and on stage are:

  • Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada and Vice-Chair NGAP Outreach Working Group
  • Rudy Egeileh, CEGEP Montmorency and 100 Laval Squadron – Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Canada
  • Andrew Osinski, Honours Science and Aviation, Earth Science Specialization, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Jenna Yee, Honours Science and Aviation, Earth Science Specialization, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Mitchell Lichocki, Electrical Engineering Student, Concordia University, Canada
  • Marios Seretis, Doctoral Candidate at Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Greece
  • Chenlu Li, Air Traffic Management, Master’s Student, Civil Aviation Flight University of China, ICAO Intern, China

 

27 November, 12:03

An amazing opening panel at #icaoNGAP, with so many valuable insights from young aviation professionals. We're going to break for lunch, the live blog will be back up at 13:30 EST!

27 November, 11:56

When Alexandra Slabutu, Co-Founder & Non-Exec Member, Irish Aviation Student’s Association (IASA) and VALLAIR, Ireland, noticed an opportunity for greater collaboration between students and employers she helped establish IASA to help promote aviation careers to young talent. IASA facilitates networking and connects students with future employers.

 

 

27 November, 11:44

Nabil Ahmed, Young Aviation Professional Officer with some wise words:

Always value experience as much as you can, and use it. When I started, I never treated my bosses as bosses. I treated them as mentors.

 

27 November, 11:28

27 November, 11:16

Jeeyoon Jung, Young Aviation Professional Officer (YAPP), made us laugh with her perspective as both an outsider and an insider. She says she is not from the aviation world and still doesn't "speak the language,"  but NGAP is also about reaching out to people who possess skills that are valuable to the world of aviation. She has degrees in electrical engineering, management science and public management and governance. She's interested in technology and innovation-driven climate change & sustainable development, and is further establishing her career by working on environment sustainable goals with various aviation companies.

 

 

27 November 11:06

While I'm in the Assembly Hall covering the presentations at #icaoNGAP, my colleague Raymond is live-tweeting the Think Pink Hard Hat workshop and Model ICAO Forum in another room. Be sure to follow his Twitter feed for the live news!

27 November, 10:57

It's neat to get the perspectives of young aviation professionals, and to hear what attracted them to aviation to begin with. For Sophie Bascoul, Accident Investigation Officer, Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), Former ICAO Intern, France, aviation first peaked her interest after watching the Airexpo show, which is planned by students.

 

 

27 November, 10:47

27 November, 10:37

We're back with the first panel of #icaoNGAP, and on stage are:

  •  Lori Brown, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, United States and Chair NGAP Outreach Working Group
  • Sophie Bascoul, Accident Investigation Officer, Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), Former ICAO Intern, France
  • Jeeyoon Jung, Young Aviation Professional Officer (YAPP)
  • Kleopas Bintoroyakti, Young Aviation Professional Officer (YAPP)
  • Nabil Ahmed, Young Aviation Professional Officer (YAPP)
  • Alexandra Slabutu, Co-Founder & Non-Exec Member, Irish Aviation Student’s Association (IASA) and VALLAIR, Ireland

 

27 November, 10:10

Alright time for a quick coffee break, your live blogger extraordinaire will be back (fully caffeinated) at 10:30 EST.

27 November, 10:07

 

27 November, 9:57

Stephen P. Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO, gives us some history of how the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals started. It was launched to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system. It promotes aviation career opportunities at global, regional and national levels to attract youth across their entire education, from pre-school to university.

 

27 November, 9:49

27 November, 9:43

Marie-Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO Liaison Office in New York and Representative of UNESCO to the United Nations, references Agenda 2030:

We will continue to explore ways in which the aviation communities and sections can work together to engage youth. We have to find new ways of working together to be able to achieve these new sustainable goals, and in  looking at goal #9 particularly,  we will have to rethink how we use science, technology, engineering and innovation for the benefits of people and the planet. One of the challenges is the persistent representation of youths and young women in engineering, as traditionally it has been viewed at a typically male-dominated domain.

 

27 November, 9:28

In her opening remarks, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu highlights the need to inspire and engage youth, particularly young women and girls, to ensure the future success of aviation. She references Shaesta Waiz and her Dreams Soar journey; Shaesta is one of our speakers this afternoon and after following her journey for months, I can't wait to hear her speak.

 

 

27 November, 9:18

27 November, 9:11

Here we go! Kicking off #icaoNGAP with the opening remarks. ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu currently has the stage, followed by:

  • UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay represented by  Marie-Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO Liaison Office in New York and Representative of UNESCO to the United Nations
  • Stephen P. Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO
  • Boubacar Djibo, Director, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO
  • Gabriel Guppy, Vice President, Concordia Model United Nations

 

 

27 November, 8:18

Good morning everyone and welcome to the #icaoNGAP live blog! Lisa Williams, your faithful live blogger here and I'll be bringing you all the news from this event. I'll also be live tweeting most of it, because I believe in multitasking. We'll kick things off at 9AM EST, stay tuned!