Captain Tanja Harter

Captain Tanja Harter, Executive Board Director for Technical Affairs, European Cockpit Association

Tanja currently holds the position of Executive Board Director for Technical Affairs at the European Cockpit Association. In that function she is also a member of the EASA Stakeholders Advisory Body (SAB), the EASA Flight Standards Technical Committee (FSTEC), as well as the Aircrew Training Policy Group (ATPG).

Within ECA she has now taken the leading role in the development of ECAs Future Airline Pilot Profession project.

As Chair of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) Human Performance Committee, Capt. Harter is responsible for all training & licensing, human factor and medical issues within IFALPA. In the area of training, she has taken a leading role in the IFALPA MPL workshop as well as the development of the ECA Training Compass.

Following her studies in electronic engineering at the University of Technology in Munich she received her pilot training at the Lufthansa Pilots School in Bremen, Germany & Phoenix, AZ.

Capt. Harter flew the B737 and B747 as FO & SFO. She currently flies the A320 family for Lufthansa as a Captain.

She is an active CRM Instructor as well as an accredited Business & Management Coach.

She was and is actively involved in numerous international working groups and initiatives on behalf of ECA and IFALPA as the IWG (ICAO Doc 9625) Development of EBT, the Development of the Co-Branded (IATA/ICAO/IFALPA) MPL Implementation Guide, ED 2, the EASA MPL Advisory Board and is the IFALPA Representative to the ICAO NGAP.

Future Airline Pilot Training

Pilot training traditionally concentrates on training for a license, while the goal of pilot training should be to train the pilots for the profession.

The Core Competencies that were established and defined by ICAO are intended to address all pilot licenses. They do not however address the pilot profession as such. What becomes more and more clear is that for a successful airline pilot career – an additional set of competencies is required.

With this background in mind, the professional pilots and training experts formulated their vision of the future training for the pilot profession and the challenges they see arising or can already be experienced today. 

When developing such vision – it is necessary for all parties involved to think ‘out of the box’ and to use the experience from many times completely different domains, such as high-endurance sports or athletics. Future pilot training must be tailored to the individuals and to the profession while relying on dedicated learning environments and investing in high level instructors. Only such integrated concept will guarantee a change in the paradigm.

The primary goal of any excellent training is to attract and select those students that bring with them the proper skills, knowledge, personality and dedication.

New and old tools often used successfully in other areas need to be introduced and be trained to proficiency. 

The tool box offered, as explained in our vision – would address the full scope from the initial basic skills training to the competencies required to successfully operate in an airline environment.