2021 Pilot Conference

WATS Conference Chair: Rick Adams, FRAeS

Day 1 – Tuesday 15th June 2021

Session 1: Opening Remarks & Keynote Address (all conference tracks)
1. Marc Parent, C.M., President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE
2. Brad Thress, President and CEO, FlightSafety International

Session 2: The Dynamic Air Sector (all conference tracks)
1. Robert Burke, Group Manager, Training and Simulation Group, FAA
FAA Update
2. Sheri Pippin, Aviation Safety, Air Transportation Division, FAA
Pilot Professional Development Rulemaking
3. Matt Vance, Professional Pilot Faculty, Oklahoma State University
Undeniable Emerging Trends in Commercial Aviation

Session 3: Rebuilding on New Foundations
1. Scott Nutter, Principal, Touch & Go Solutions
How Capable is Your Organization? Business Capability Modeling for Pilot Training
2. Chris Ranganathan,Chief Learning Officer, CAE
Advances in Pilot Training as the Industry Recovers
3. CDR (Ret) Hank Phillips, PhD, Director of Training Technology, SoarTech
Scenario-based Spatial Disorientation Training Efficacy

 Session 4: Panel – Airline Recovery Challenges
Navigating the Dynamic Challenges of Pilot Supply, Recruitment, Mentorship and Training
– Captain Bryan Quigley, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, United Airlines
– Robert Thomas, Chairman, HumanFactors & Training Group, ALPA Intl.
– First Officer Paul Ryder, National Resource Coordinator, ALPA
– First Officer Todd Lisak, Director of Training, ALPA & Training Chair, JetBlue

Day 2 – Wednesday 16th June 2021

Session 5: Are Aviation Personnel Prepared?
1. Michael Tarsa, Touch & Go Solutions
Effective Competencies for Monitoring Automated Information Management and Control Systems
2. Conor McKenna, CEO & Founder, Vocavio Technologies
Remotely Assessing Crew Communications and Task Performance Using Data Analysis and VR
3. Captain (Ret.) Peter Wolfe, Executive Director, Professional Aviation Board of Certification (PABC)
PABC Mission Update: Ensure the Preparedness of Ab Initio Graduates to Enter Airline Training

Session 6: Reaffirming the NextGen
1. Nicholas Wilson, Associate Professor of Aviation, University of North Dakota
Pre-Career Pilots and Motivation – What is the Best Predictor of Performance?
2. Suzanne Kearns, Associate Professor of Aviation, University of Waterloo & Simon Witts, Founder, Aviation 360 & ENGAP UK
Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals – The Work of Project ENGAP
3. Bob Thomas, Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science Dept., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
New Learning Technologies Using 3D Environments

Session 7: Technology Enablers
1. Julian Abich IV, Sr. Human Factors Engineer, Quantum Improvements Consulting
Usability and User Experience Evaluation of Six VR Head-Mounted Displays for Pilot Training
2. Lori J. Brown, Professor, College of Aviation, Western Michigan University
Shaping the Future of Global Aviation Training with Spatial Computing and NextGen AR Technologies
3. Pasha Saleh, Director Flight Operations Strategy & Innovation, Alaska Airlines & Rama Myers, VP Aviation, Seeing Machines
Eye Tracking: A Window into Pilot Monitoring and Instrument Scanning Behavior to Support Evidence-Based Training and Realtime Feedback

Session 8: Interactive Roundtable: The Hottest Training Issues
An open discussion of some of the most significant issues facing the civil aviation training community today.
Moderated by: Captain Paul Preidecker
– Randy Hamilton
, Advisory Council, Professional Board of Certification
– Evey Cormican, CEO/Co-Founder, Visionary Training Resources
– Philip Adrian, Multi Pilot Simulations
– Scott Nutter, Principal, Touch & Go Solutions
– Scott Glaser, PhD, Senior Vice President of Operations, Flight Research Inc.