Zodiac Arresting Systems’ RCAM Training Course

Zodiac Arresting Systems’ RCAM (Runway Condition Assessment Matrix) Training program provides comprehensive, multi-media, interactive and affordable training for 1 to 10,000 employees. Designed and presented by the authors of the original TALPA ARC guidance for an industry-leading training experience for the implementation of current FAA guidance.

The RCAM provides a common language that ties together manufacturer’s landing and takeoff performance calculations, the airport’s abilities to report runway conditions, and an aircrew’s ability to make assessments of landing capabilities while in flight.

Formatted and produced using the latest e-learning methods from Avatar Partners, Inc., the training program is available on-line in a partnership with SSI. The interactive training and reference material consists of general knowledge and duty specific modules that detail runway condition reporting and assessment methodologies from the TALPA ARC and current FAA guidance on the use of the RCAM.

Successful implementation of FAA guidance recommended by the ARC will depend on how well these concepts can be effectively understood and shared among employees so that errors can be mitigated and quality information obtained and shared throughout the national airspace system. ZASA’s RCAM Training Program creates a shared mental model that will ensure success and safe operation among all industry stakeholders – airports airlines, pilots, and controllers.

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  • Assist in complying with FAR Part 139 training requirements
  • Provide integrated training capabilities with the airline operators, ATC, and FAA inspectors
  • Provide comprehensive background material to mitigate errors in operations
  • An engaging interactive multi-media learning experience ensuring the highest level of safety, going beyond mere compliance.
  • Provide off-the-shelf training for international operators using US airports
  • Schedule/track/record group training activities
  • Flexibility to purchase training and adding students later, individually or as a group

What Will You Learn from RCAM Training?

The training for all customers begins with a comprehensive overview of the RCAM process including concepts, historical perspectives, reasoning, definitions, and safety issues. This is followed by specific instruction that provides detailed guidance and insight for the tasks specific to airports, pilots, and dispatchers.

The course material has been designed with interactive knowledge checks, multi-media graphics, and engaging videos to provide the highest level of modern learning standards currently employed by professional educators.

Policies and Information About RCAM and TALPA ARC

ZASA RCAM Training flyer
RCAM Subject Matter Expert Editorial
AC 150/5200-30D – Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety
AC 150/5200-30D Document PDF
FAA Improves Runway Conditions Reporting
Takeoff And Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA)
Free RCAM/TALPA Webinar, Oct. 20: “Get Prepared for the New Field Condition Reporting”Provided by NBAA and sponsored by Zodiac Arresting Systems America.

What’s My Investment?

Unlimited access to the RCAM Training Curriculum for an individual is $ 200.00 for an annual subscription. If your organization is planning training for more than 100 individuals, please contact us for a customized discount rate.

1 to 10 $200 per user
11 to 24 $175 per user
25+ $150 per user

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For more information about RCAM Training, please contact us:

Email: rcam.training@zodiacaerospace.com
Phone: 856-241-8620 Ext. 459

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Who Should Take RCAM Training?

The RCAM will affect every aspect of aviation from airport operation, pilot decision making, ATC considerations, dispatch planning, aircraft performance engineering, and safety reporting. Whether your job involves being a plow operator, pilot, safety inspector, or airport manager, sharing a fundamental understanding of the concepts involved in the RCAM will be vital.

Defense Department personnel involved with interacting with US civilian transport aircraft or facilities will also need to possess the same degree of shared knowledge as their civilian peers.

It is recommended that ATC personnel take the airport series of instruction. Military personnel should take the modules associated with their respective area of operations as there is no difference between concepts and FAA reporting.

Safety investigators and regulators may have a need for a more comprehensive view of the material. All modules are available for purchase should a broader exposure to the training be desired. It may be very helpful for an operator and their regulatory safety inspectors to take the same training so that issues involving compliance and best practices can be addressed and shared understandings agreed upon.

How About RCAM Training for International Flight Crews?

Even if your airline is not based in the US, your aircrews may need to interact with the RCAM in the fall of 2016. The training offered provides an off-the-shelf solution to international flight crews and dispatchers so they can be ready for flying to the US when these procedures take effect. Since most wide body aircraft manufacturers have already made data available in the RCAM format, this training can provide a quick and cost efficient method of ensuring your operation is prepared for the challenges this upcoming winter will provide.

Which RCAM Modules Do I Need to Take?

Roles and Associated RCAM Training Modules:

There are currently four modules planned for this training series: Overview, Airport, Pilot & Dispatch. Below is a guide as to which modules are most appropriate for each role.

Airports: Overview + Airport modules
Pilots: Overview + Pilot modules
ATC: Overview + Airport modules
Dispatchers and Flight Ops Performance: Overview + Dispatch modules
Safety Inspectors: Same as area responsible for inspecting
Safety Investigators: Access to all modules

What Is Covered in the RCAM Course Material?

The modules have been designed to address the specific knowledge and skills required for every task involved in employing the RCAM. Concepts of modern safety theory and reporting are integrated into the discussions to enhance your organization’s capabilities in employing Safety Management Systems. Knowing why procedures are written, how they interact with other stakeholders, and ideas for safety reporting will greatly enhance your operational efficiency and resilience to errors.

The course material covers a wide range of subjects that go above and beyond the written guidance material providing your organization with the highest possible level of training and safety above mere compliance, an important distinction in modern transport aviation.

RCAM Overview

Seat Time: 60 Minutes

Guidance: AC 91‐79, AC 150/5200‐30D, Order JO 7930.2R

Course Description: This course provides all users of the RCAM with a core level of knowledge that should be shared between pilots, airports, controllers, and dispatchers. These subjects formed much of the reasoning behind why the guidance was written and will greatly aid the user in understanding the material and its context.

Course Objectives: After completing the course, you will know and understand the details associated with the RCAM to include:

· Evolution of New Landing and Takeoff Guidance and Methods
· Matrix Fundamentals
· Types of Runway Contamination and their Effects
· Aircraft Landing Performance
· Discussion on Braking Coefficients
· Types of RCAMs used by various stakeholders
· Adjusting Runway Codes
· Safety Issues

Airport Use of the RCAM

Seat Time: 75 Minutes

Guidance: AC 150/5200‐30D, Order JO 7930.2R, AC 25‐32

Course Description: This course provides airport personnel of all levels of experience with detailed instruction regarding the responsibilities, procedures, concepts, and techniques involved with implementing RCAM observing and reporting methods. Many members of the original TALPA ARC felt that the role of the airport would be the most important for successful implementation. The course reflects this priority and provides the type of in‐depth knowledge necessary not only for procedural compliance but for error identification, quality assurance, and standardization. The course ends with detailed practice exercises that specifically target important aspects of the material.

Course Objectives: After completing the course, you will know and understand the details associated with the RCAM to include:

· The RCAM Observing and Reporting Process
· Reporting in 1/3’s and use of the 25% rule
· RCAM Hazards Unique to Airports
. Use of PIREPS
· How to Determine Runway Condition Codes
· Upgrading and Downgrading Criteria
· Role of Friction Measurements
· Vehicle Performance Observations
· Managing Conflicting Reports
· Practice Exercises

Pilot Use of the RCAM

Seat Time: 45 Minutes

Guidance: AC 91‐79, AC 150/5200‐30D, Order JO 7930.2R

Course Description: This course provides pilots and flight crews for all types of turbine aircraft with information that is more tailored to decisions made in the context of an airborne flight deck. Designed with the human factors of crew decision making in mind, the information is presented in such a manner so that relevance to briefings, checklists, and CRM roles to include specific duties for pilot flying/pilot monitoring are included.

Course Objectives: This pilot specific course will enable crews to understand specifics related to:

· Obtaining and Evaluating RCC’s
· Flight Related Hazards with the RCAM
· Aircraft Performance Factors
· Performance Critical Landings
· Special Procedures
· Briefings
· Go-Arounds

Dispatcher Use of the RCAM

Seat Time: 30 Minutes

Guidance: AC 25-31/32, SAFO 06012

Course Description: Applying the RCAM process to your specific type of aircraft operation can range from easy to complex. This course provides instruction for both performance engineers responsible for creating data and dispatchers who must use the guidance for operational control of their company’s flight schedule. The new procedures fundamentally change the way performance is calculated and provide new assumptions for use in operational planning.

Course Objectives: This course will enable engineers and dispatcher to understand the concepts concerning:

· Performance Engineering Terminology and Documents
· Incorporating Older Aircraft
. Calculation methods Operational Dispatch Issues Inoperative Systems
. Safety Issues

How Much Time is Needed to Complete RCAM Training?

Each module ranges from 45-75 minutes in length and provides engaging multi-media content written and presented by the original authors of the guidance:

RCAM Overview: 60 minutes

RCAM Airports: 75 minutes

RCAM Pilot: 45 minutes

RCAM Dispatch: 30 minutes

Scheduling and Recording RCAM Training

Training for multiple employees can be purchased without registering each employee at this time. There is flexibility for you to provide us with a list of employees at a later date. We will then provide you with logging information for each trainee in either an Excel or PDF file.

RCAM Training

The RCAM courses consists of general knowledge and duty specific modules that detail runway condition reporting methodology from the ARC and use of the RCAM. You will pick which modules you need in Step 3 System Requirements


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