Julien Champs

Head of Sales & Business Development – Aviation Simulation, ECA Group

Julien Champs is Head of Aviation Simulation Sales and Business Development at ECA Group. ECA Group is based in France and is renowned for its expertise in simulation, robotics, automated systems and industrial processes. The Group has a strong background and a 30-years’ experience in innovative simulation training tools. 

Julien graduated from ISAE Supaero in Toulouse and holds a Master’s Degree in Fundamental Physics. He joined ECA Group in 2006 as an Aeronautical Engineer, and gradually moved to sales and business development, servicing his technical knowledge to the needs of ECA Group’s Customers. He is now Head of Sales & Business Development for all Aviation Simulation activities.

Simulation in Maintenance Training

Facing demand for maintenance training is – and will be – a challenge for the industry in the coming years. Developing innovative tools in order to help satisfy this demand should therefore be more than ever mandatory. Whereas recognized as an evidence in flight training, the contribution of simulation training tools is still widely underutilized inside Maintenance Training Organizations. Nevertheless, studies have shown that experiencing simulation leads to a tremendous increase of resilience in comparison with classic classroom theory. This applies even more to latest generation entrants to the industry, substantially familiar with these new technologies.

Simulation in maintenance training offers several benefits: deep understanding of modern aircrafts complex systems is streamlined, trainee can either be guided while following troubleshooting procedures, or perform the troubleshooting in free-play mode, which will lead to a report eventually usable in the assessment process. The solution is designed in a way that it simplifies the instructor’s teaching of the course and increases learning process through innovative and active training.

Airlines and MROs, through their everlasting concern for safety, are ready for this improved training experience, yet in order to emphasize the cost-efficiency of such a solution, they need to be accompanied by civil aviation authorities and associated regulations. This will drive the future influence of such a training concept.