2023 Pilot Conference Programme

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APATS Conference Chair: Captain Jacques Drappier

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Day 1 – Tuesday 29th August 2023

Session 1 – Opening Remarks (all streams)
1) Blair Cowles
, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, IATA
Industry Outlook
2) Subhas Menon, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
Outlook for Asia Pacific
3) Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Founder & President, Aircraft Manufacturer Flight Training Association (AMFTA)
Progress Report: The Aircraft Manufacturer Flight Training Association (AMFTA)

Session 2 – CBTA
1) Captain Chris Ranganathan
, Chief Learning Officer, Civil Aviation Training, CAE
Transforming CAE into a CBTA Organisation
2) Captain Graham McNally, CBTA Program Lead, Learning Design Team, Boeing Global Services
CBTA – Values & Challenges Faced from a Boeing Perspective
3) Tony Shen, President, Wayman Aviation Academy
CBTA in Ab Initio

Session 3 – EBT
Captain Mike Varney, CEO, Salient
Development of Competency – The Total Systems Approach
2) Captain Ping Lee, Chief Pilot, EVA Air
EBT and IBT: An Intriguing Discovery
3) Vin Parker, Director of Learning and Development, Flight Operations Training, Republic Airways
AQP/EBT/CBTA: Stay Focused on What Matters

Session 4 – Ab Initio
1) Maddy Johnson
, Chair, Australian Flight Training Industry Association (AFTIA)
Is Ab Initio Flight Training a Race to the Bottom?
2) Dr. Tarryn Kille, Associate Professor, Program Director & Discipline Lead (Aviation & Logistics), University of Southern Queensland
Building the Capabilities of Future Airline Pilots Through Tertiary Education
3) Paul BJ Ransbury, CEO, Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)
Effective Next Gen Flight School Upset Training

Group of people attending the conference

Day 2 – Wednesday 30th August 2023

Session 5 – Airline Training Issues
1) Shane Tobin
, CEO/Director/Senior Instructor, UPRT Australia
Reflexive Responses in High Threat Scenarios
2) Trang Dao, MD, Consultant, Aviation Psychiatry
Training Aviation Professionals in Detection & Management of Mental Unfitness
3) Norman MacLeod, Consultant, Astrom Training
Instructor Standardisation

Session 6 – Ensuring the Pipeline
1) Aleksandra Kapela
, Associate Aviation Psychologist, Symbiotics
How Aviation Psychology and Virtual Reality Technologies Can Work Together to Improve Pilot Assessments
2) Captain Philip Adrian, CEO, MPS
Training the Next Generation Through Next Generation Training
3) Captain Jyoti Gayan, Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, Qatar Aeronautical Academy
Sustainable Evidence Based Learning & Instructing

Session 7 – Human Factors
1) Fatah Hashim
, Digital Learning Manager, Asia Digital Engineering (ADE)
Elevating Digital Learning: The Future of Aviation Training
2) Dr. Seamus Phan, Principal Consultant, FlightLeaders (division of McGallen & Bolden Group)
Pilot and Leadership Transformation in the Time of AI
3) Chris Smith, Trust Ambassador, Jetstar Airways / Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
Aviation Mental Health: How to Embed a New ‘Situational Awareness’ into our Aviation Culture

Session 8 – Technology Assisting Training (all streams)
1) Denis Manson
, Aviation Consultant, Ten Hammers
New Generation English Language Training for Aviation
2) Nacho Navacerrada, Sales Director, Entrol Simulators
Correct Use of XR Technologies in Aircraft Simulation Industry
3) Shane Carroll, Head of Training Software COC, Airbus & Christian Delmas, Head of Airbus Worldwide Maintenance Training
Implementing XR-Enabled Solutions in Training

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