Maintenance Training Conference


WATS 2024 is entirely dedicated to airline simulation and training, allowing you to discover the latest innovative training solutions for airline maintenance technicians. Supported by the training industry and subject matter experts, the WATS 2024 Maintenance Training Conference will provide practical solutions for those day to day challenges and offer key insights into the future of the industry.

Maintenance Conference Moderator: George Perrin, Spirit Airlines, Recipient of the Charles Taylor Award

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th April 2024

0930-1030  Session 1 – Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentations (all streams)
Room: i1-4
1) Michael Whitaker, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
2) Captain Erika Armstrong, Pilot (Part 135 & 121) / Director of Marketing, Advanced Aircrew Academy
The Pilot Brain: How Personality Affects Safety

1030-1115  Coffee Break
Sponsored by: EPST/COMPASS

1115-1245  Session 2 – Regulatory & Market Outlook (all streams)
Room: i1-4
FAA Update
2) Roger Marszalek
, Director, Market Strategy & Product Marketing – Civil Aviation, CAE
Aviation Talent Forecast

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 3 – Challenges for the Future
Room: i1
1) Jay Hiles, Federal Aviation Administration
Regulatory Update
2) Buck Gaines
, Manager Technical Training, Alaska Airlines / Chair, A4A Maintenance Training Network & Justin Madden, Managing Director, Engineering and Maintenance, Airlines for America
Airlines for America, Maintenance Training Network (MTN)
3) Sean Glassberg, Owner, Educator Training & Consulting
Teaching Generation Z, X and Millennials

1545-1630  Coffee Break
Sponsored by: EPST/COMPASS

1630-1800  Session 4 – Round Table Workshop
Room: i1
Risk of Missing Instructors and How to Make the Instructor Job/Career More Attractive

1800-1900  Networking Reception in Exhibition Hall

Day 2 – Wednesday 1st May 2024

0900-1030  Session 5 – Training Methodology
Room: i1
1) Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, Aviation Technician Education Council
The New Part 147: How is the Transition Going?
 Jason Stanelle, Associate Technical Fellow & Chief of Design, Boeing Commercial Maintenance Training
Training Efficacy Evaluation in Aviation Maintenance
3) Søren Seindal Agner, CEO, AEROTEAM Training Solutions
The Next Evolution of Engineering Training for Maintenance Technicians

1030-1115  Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Moog

1115-1245  Session 6 – Human Factors
Room: i1
1) Gareth McGraw, Principal Human Factors Specialist, Qantas/RAAF
Cool Story Bro … Needs More Dragons
2) Monica Teixeira, Training Manager, LAS Training & Delfim Dores, Senior Advisor, LAS Group
Training the Next Aircraft Maintenance Generation, The Alliance Between Human Factors and Emotional Learning in Personnel Readiness
3) Davy Snowdon MBE, CEO & Founder, Pristine Condition International
Navigating the Skies of Aviation Culture Change

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 7 – Round Table Workshop
Room: i1
How Do We Speed Up Engineer Development? 

1545-1630 Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Moog

1630-1800  Session 8 – VR/AI
Room: i1
1) Irwin Alcantara, Director, Customer Success – Americas, Loglevel
The Future of Aircraft Maintenance Training: Harnessing AI’s Potential
2) Aliesha Staples, CEO, StaplesVR
How to Get Started with Emerging Technologies?
3) Chris Verret, President & Chief Technology Officer, HTX Labs
Accelerating the Development and Delivery of an Immersive Training Program

Day 3 – Thursday 2nd May 2024

0900-1030  Session 9 – New Learning Insights
Room: i1
1) Yogi Rana, Director of Product, Covalent Networks
What the Aero Industry is Learning from the Auto Industry
2) James Scarpa, Maintenance Training Instructor, SkyWest Airlines
How Can Remote Maintenance Training Deliver Improved Outcomes?
3) Ryan Thomas, Ground Instructor, Leonardo Helicopter
Maintenance Technician Survival in the Classroom

1030-1115  Coffee Break

1115-1245  Session 10 – XR Goes Mainstream (all streams)
Room: i2/3
1) Amanda Bentley, Senior Director Integration Sales, Americas, Tobii & Dr. Aki Nikolaidis, Chief Science Officer, VTR
Building Disruptive Training with XR and Eye Tracking
2) Fabi Riesen, CEO & Founder, Loft Dynamics
Virtual Reality in Motion
3) Dr. Julian Abich IV, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Quantum Improvements Consulting
Multi-Pilot Mixed Reality Simulator for Aviation Training

1245  Closing Remarks

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