Chris Courtney

Chris Courtney

Director of Advanced Air Mobility, Civil Aviation Training Solutions, CAE

Chris Courtney serves as Director of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) at CAE with the vision to bring innovative high-tech training and operational support solutions to build the aviation workforce of tomorrow for AAM. Before CAE, Chris was Head of Flight Operations at Uber Elevate, Commercial Flight Operations Lead at Joby Aviation and operationalized a nationwide sUAS company from scratch. He also served 20 years in the U.S. Army and Coast Guard as a senior aviator, instructor pilot and leader accumulating over 3,000 flight hours.

The Intricacies of Training for the Take-Off of eVTOL

As the aviation industry continues to evolve, the introduction of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft presents new challenges and opportunities for pilot training and operations. This panel will take a deep dive into the intricacies of piloting eVTOL aircraft and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with operating under an eVTOL Air Operator Certificate (AOC). The conversation will explore how these operations differ from operations under traditional AOCs and how these differences are being addressed to ensure the success of eVTOL operations.

The panel will also delve into the cutting-edge training methods and technologies being used to prepare pilots for the unique challenges and complexities of eVTOL aircraft. From virtual and mixed reality simulations to innovative collaboration with operating companies, the panel will showcase how these efforts are ensuring successful day one operations for eVTOL aircraft, and the future of eVTOL training.