AAAE's IET Airport Training System: 1 Million Training Sessions And Counting

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Interactive Employee Training (IET), the patented, customizable, multimedia training system developed by the American Association of Airport Executives especially for airports, recently delivered its 1 millionth training session. The milestone, combined with the fact that IETs have trained some 250,000 individual employees at more than 80 airports, makes the system one of the most-used and most successful in civil aviation training.

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We are very proud to have developed a system that helps so many airports meet the rigorous training requirements in place today

"We are very proud to have developed a system that helps so many airports meet the rigorous training requirements in place today," said AAAE President Chip Barclay. "The variety of customers and breadth of training programs available is a testament to IET's versatility. The feedback we get from our airport customers and their requests for new courses means that the IET program continues to evolve."

AAAE has delivered some 475 IET workstations to 82 airports. Courses developed cover key airport operations elements, including Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) procedures, airfield driver training, Part 139 regulations, basic airport security awareness, runway incursion prevention, electric cart driving, customer service, and more. Courses are available in both English and Spanish.

IETs, which can be funded using Airport Improvement Program (AIP) or passenger facility charge (PFC) revenue, are customized to each airport's specifications. Airports are involved in both the course development process and creating the questions for each course's test. Once the script is finalized, AAAE's Airport News and Training Network (ANTN) team sends a film crew to the airport to shoot footage that matches the script. Working with the airport, ANTN edits the video into a complete course, including an interactive test. Courses are loaded onto computers, delivered to the airport and installed by AAAE staff.

Each IET workstation is connected to a central database maintained by AAAE. The secure database stores training records for all individuals who take IET courses, and makes the records available to authorized personnel at each airport. This allows airports to comply with FAA-mandated training and recordkeeping requirements found in FAR Part 139.

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the people who work at public-use airports. AAAE's 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies that support the airport industry.

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