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Aviation and the Environment (Classroom, 4 days)

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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 167 participants from 36 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Be up-to-date on aviation environmental issues and their management, with a special emphasis on new technology, improved operations and modernized methods of airspace and airport management.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as In-house training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of environmental issues related to aviation
  • Recommended level is Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2019 - South Africa, Johannesburg (ATNS-RTP)
3 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify key factors for a sustainable aviation sector
  • Address specific environmental challenges within your organization
  • Contribute to the timely implementation of improvements on technology, operations and infrastructure, such as the design and use of more direct air routes, more suitable ATM procedures, and regional ATM initiatives
  • Develop evaluation methods for proper environmental assessment
  • Update communication messages and tools

Course content

  • Examine the concept of sustainability in aviation
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts
  • Regulatory and institutional framework
  • Technological and operational improvements
  • Development and commercialization of sustainable biojet-fuels
  • Measures toward more efficient routes, ATM and airport procedures in all regions
  • Reduction of delays
  • Continuous descent operations and green departures
  • Use of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capabilities
  • Opening of new fuel-saving routes and flexible long-haul routing (IATA i-Flex)
  • Improved cooperation between civil and military airspace users
  • Regional ATM initiatives such as NextGen (USA), Single European Sky, ASPIRE (Asia & South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions), INSPIRE (Indian Ocean Partnership to Reduce Emissions) and AIRE (Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions)
  • Key airport environmental challenges and their management
  • Communication messages and tools including handling crisis communications and using social media

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Civil aviation and regulatory authorities
  • Airline operators
  • Airport operators
  • Air navigation service providers

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-house sessions. Our 300+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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