Airbus has developed and successfully launched a flexible training solution, known as the Airbus Maintenance Mobile Classroom. Based on the new and innovative Airbus approach to maintenance training, Airbus Active learning and Competence focused Training (AACT), the mobile classroom is aiming to make Airbus-standard courses, instructors and technology even more widely available around the world.

Airbus' new solution consists of a fully equipped classroom that can be taken anytime, anywhere in the world to deliver training at the customer's site. It includes student and instructor workstations, plus all the necessary course materials such as Computer Based Training (CBT) and an Airbus qualified instructor will also be present to lead the AACT training.

Throughout the course, the aircraft engineers benefit from the same learning methods, state-of-the-art equipment (2D Maintenance/Flight Training Devices - MFTDs) and virtual reality tools as provided in any of the Airbus Training Centres worldwide. The intensive classroom use of these advanced simulation technologies, including the Virtual Aircraft, allows trainees to perform complete maintenance tasks in a highly operational oriented way.

"Taking AACT training technologies to our customers' site, we offer them a flexible and convenient solution to rapidly qualifying their maintenance staff with reduced practical training performed on the aircraft itself. We have the ability to maximise the effectiveness of the delivered training whilst minimising costs and the time course participants would spend away from their desks," said Patrick Gavin, Executive Vice President Customer Services.

The A320 Family is the first programme to benefit from this new and cost-effective training solution. The first Airbus Maintenance Mobile Classroom has been successfully installed for LAN-Argentina in Buenos Aires in April 2006 and then for Indigo in New Delhi in May 2006. The concept will soon be extended for the other models of the Airbus fly-by-wire family.

The Airbus Maintenance Mobile Classroom is an integral part of the overall Airbus Customer Services portfolio, Air+ by Airbus.

Airbus is an EADS joint company with BAE Systems.