Captain Philip Adrian

Captain Philip Adrian


Captain Philip Adrian FRAeS currently serves as the CEO of MPS, the leading Fixed Base Simulator manufacturer for the Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 series. He leads two factories, one in the Netherlands and one in Germany, and an innovation team in the Netherlands. MPS partners with airlines, training organizations, OEMs and TDMs to provide tailored and innovative solutions for all training needs.

Philip started as the MPS CEO in May 2018 after 11 years at Boeing, where he fulfilled multiple roles, lastly as Chief Pilot Regulatory Strategy. He joined Boeing as an airplane instructor on 737, 777 and 787 in August 2007, and further served as Boeing’s 737/737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot, Assistant Chief Pilot, and Chief Pilot Regulatory Affairs. He was responsible for setting and coordinating global training standards and regulatory EIS support of new Boeing airplanes such as the 787, 737 MAX and 777X ranges. He was also involved in the design and flight testing of all new Boeing products, including the NMA range.

Before coming to Boeing, Philip was an airline Captain, Instructor/Examiner, and served as Head of Training, as well as in other management and executive positions for a major European airline for over 15 years.

Philip’s career started in the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he went through Officers and Flight training, and he was a Flight Instructor prior to joining the airlie in 1992.

During his entire career, he has served on several rulemaking tasks in the aviation industry, including FAA ARCs, EASA RMTs and many boards regarding Flight Safety, Aviation Security and Crew Resource management.

Philip co-chaired the FAA ARC regarding UPRT and chaired the ICAO LOCART initiative and EASA RMT.0581/0582 on UPRT.

He currently chairs the EASA RMT.0599 regarding EBT and Performance Based Rulemaking, leads the EASA ABLE (Aviation Blended Learning Environment) task while also serving as a Team Leader of the Training Expert Group supporting EASA RMT.0196.

Philip is also the current Chair of the RAeS Flight Crew Training Group.

He is considered a Subject Matter Expert on Aviation Training, Simulation, Operational Suitability, EBT/CBT, UPRT, and world-wide operational regulatory affairs, and speaks on these issues regularly at multiple forums.

Philip holds 737, 777 and 787 Type Ratings, and has instructed on all those types. In his career, Philip has operated, flight tested and instructed for over 13,000 flight hours.

Training the Next Generation Through Next Generation Training

This presentation will offer an overview of new educational models developed worldwide. It will also address the Task-to-Tool approach, Comptency Based Training and Assessment as well as the necessary changes to properly create a learning environment for Gen Z and Gen Alpha generations currently entering the global workforce.

This presentation will outline the outdated approach to training, as this setup was initially created in the mid 1970s, and has not significantly been updated since, the restrictions this creates and the global solutions available to address this.

With an urgent need for new aviation personnel to enter the industry at a never-before seen pace, while traditional pipelines such as the military are drying up at the same time, we need to identify manners in which we can safely crew our future airplanes without being hampered by current unnecessary and non-safety contributing rules and restrictions.

In this presentation, I will address essential differences in the current approach to training and qualification, such as time-based experience versus competency-based, introduce the concepts of blended learning and the Task-to-Tool approach and will attempt to reconcile differences while creating a way to manage the pilot shortage in the future by identifying ways forward which use the best of all systems.