Call for Papers

Submission Deadline - Friday 30th April 2021

The Journal for Civil Aviation Training (CAT) is now accepting presentation abstracts for Asia’s largest aviation training conference. A limited number of speaker slots are available at APATS 2021.

This is expected to be the first time in more than a year that the Asian civil aviation training community will gather in person to share best practices, lessons learned and the challenges and hopes for recovery and return to growth. 

Across all streams of the conference, presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on increasing knowledge on human performance for this safety-critical industry. 

Therefore, we have chosen for the overall theme of APATS 2021:

Train, Fly, Live Again

Conference programmes are now being developed for three conference streams:

• Air Carrier Pilot Training
• Cabin Crew Training
• Maintenance Training

For each of the conference tracks, presentation proposals should address an aspect of aviation training and education in one of the following broad categories:

• Airline recovery, including challenges of operations/training restart, re-training, regional revamp and the next pilot shortage 
• Next-Gen aviation professional recruitment (pilot, cabin, maintenance), screening, diversity and funding
• Training paradigm of the future for ab initio, type rating, recurrent, command and instructors
• Regulatory roadmap
• Training enablers, such as big data, machine learning, augmented intelligence, and connectivity (iPad, Zoom, 5G, etc.)
• Technology tools: VR/AR/MR/XR, e-learning, FSTDs including visual, motion & IOS subsystems, LMS/TMS management
• Personnel readiness, including aptitude, attitude, situation awareness, decision making, airmanship and resilience
• Adapting cabin crew and maintenance training in a socially distanced environment
• Embedding a maintenance safety culture

To propose a presentation for any of the APATS conference streams, please send a maximum 300 word abstract by Friday 30th April.

Submissions should include:

• The working title of the proposed presentation
• Your full job title, email address and employer
• Up to 300 word abstract
• A short biography of the speaker and conference presentation experience

Please title your email “APATS 2021 ABSTRACT” and submit to Jacques Drappier, Conference Chair, at Copy should also be sent to Fiona Greenyer at Authors of accepted proposals will be notified on or before 21 May 2021.

Preference will be given to air carriers and training organisations with real world training insights.

APATS is an “Applied” conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we will consider summaries of appropriate aviation training and education research projects. Also, our highly knowledgeable audience expects presentations which are not overt product/company sales pitches. (There will be commercial opportunities throughout the conference).

Presentations must fit into the APATS format, which is 15-18 minutes ‘delivered’, followed by a Q&A period. 

We sincerely thank all those who propose presentations and will endeavour to respond to all submissions.