About the Organiser

Halldale operates in the B2B media and events space but considers itself a training and simulation company. Its focus is on providing information on best practices in training, training and simulation technologies to all safety critical enterprises, globally. It does so via live, and virtual events, print, digital and electronic formats for all devices and platforms at all times.

Since the launch of Military Simulation & Training (MS&T) Magazine 35 years ago, Halldale founder and publisher Andy Smith has focused on S&T as a primary business, it is now the sole focus of the Halldale Team.

2022 marks the 32nd year of Civil Aviation Training Magazine, itself an outgrowth of MS&T  when a group of airlines and industry requested a magazine that could spread the growing, new training regimes to the world’s airlines.

Magazine covers 2021

Eleven years ago Halldale launched another magazine (Medical Training Magazine) focused on the use of modern training techniques and tools for healthcare improvement, and in 2020 rolled that publication into a new title, Safety Critical Training (SCT) to address the wider, growing, safety critical training market.

Halldale has a worldwide network of content providers and subject matter experts with decades of S&T experience as operators of high value equipment or builders of devices and training systems. Our team of experienced editorial and content providers have been hands-on operators, users, designers, builders and sellers of simulation equipment before joining our industry-leading magazines, websites, newsletters and events. All have a sincere desire to improve training for their user communities.

Our events program was launched in 1998, with the first WATS conference and exhibition, to satisfy demand from the airline training community. All Halldale events are conference led, and designed by, and for, our B2B communities to support best practice in training and with the aim of maximizing exhibitor and delegate value.


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APATS delivers a focused, executive-level analysis of the Asia Pacific airline training and simulation market. This dynamic event provokes debate through engaging presentations and outstanding networking opportunities. It therefore, provides attendees with an exciting opportunity to share their experiences and question regional and global training experts. The event covers pilot training, cabin crew training and maintenance training. And in addition to the three conferences, the events hosts an exhibition and most importantly the APATS Heads of Training meeting.

Since its inception in 2006, APATS has been held in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Next event: 30-31 August, 2022, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


EATS explores European expertise in flight training and simulation with the added support of EASA. Most importantly the event provides a unique European perspective on civil aviation training and subsequently attracts the leading aviation training professionals from around the globe. In addition to the two conferences for pilot and cabin crew training, the event hosts an exhibition. Furthermore, the event hosts the annual EATS Heads of Training meeting, which allows attendees to learn and discuss the current and future rule-making with EASA’s Head of Aircrew Regulations Section.

EATS was first held in Stockholm in 2002, and in subsequent years has visited Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Madrid, Warsaw and Istanbul.

Next event: 8-9 November, 2022, Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany


WATS is the world’s largest gathering of aviation training professionals serving airlines, regulators, training providers and training industry with more than 1,200 expected from 50+ countries expected. WATS offers a relaxed yet professional environment conducive to developing new and building existing business relationships. WATS offers unrivalled opportunities to meet with your peers from the senior echelons of the international airline training community, to discuss the latest training issues and consider and learn how others have addressed and resolved these scenarios.

Launched in London in 1998, WATS visited various cities including Denver (1999), Frankfurt (2000), Atlanta (2001), Dallas (2002 & 2005), Montreal (2003), and Phoenix (2004), before settling in Orlando (2006 to date).

Next event: 3-5 May, 2022, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA


AAETS is an Official Event of the South Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MoLIT) and Korea Airports Corporation (KAC). First held in 2015, the event is regarded as Korea’s leading conference and tradeshow for the international aviation training community.

As a result of the rapid evolution in training technology, there must be careful evaluation and selection of training processes in order to provide adapted training for new entrants and experienced operators alike. AAETS provides a forum to discuss these issue and learn about the best practical applications.