Maintenance Training Conference

WATS is entirely dedicated to airline simulation and training, allowing you to discover the latest innovative training solutions for maintenance teams. Supported by the training industry and subject matter experts, the WATS 2022 Maintenance Training Conference will provide practical solutions for those day to day challenges and will offer key insights into the future of the industry.

Conference content will provide a unique insight into the evolving aviation career paths and ‘life-long’ learning as the industry adapts to new challenges.

The conference theme for WATS 2022 is Enabling the World Airline Industry.


Dr. Bill Johnson

“Dr. Bill” Johnson is a familiar name and face to many industry and government human factors audiences.

Johnson has been an aviator for over 50 years. He is a pilot, mechanic, Ph.D., training designer, scientist/engineer, college professor, senior executive, and respected public speaker during his career. That includes 16+ years as the FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors.

Dr. Bill has delivered more than 300 Human Factors speeches and classes in over 50 countries. He has 500+ publications that serve as the basis for human factors training throughout the world.

Starting in 2021 Johnson formed LLC. In this new venture he continues to bring decades of human factors experience to aviators, worldwide.

Day 1 – Tuesday 3rd May 2022

0900-1000  Session 1 – Airline Training Leader Roundtable (all conference streams Rooms L1-3)
What’s Next for the Airline Training Industry? Leaders from major and regional carriers discuss future challenges and solutions.

Moderator: Capt. Paul Preidecker

Jeffrey Winter, Vice President, JetBlue University
Bryan Quigley, Senior Vice President Flight Operations, United Airlines
Brad Lambert, Vice President Flight Operations, Frontier Airlines
Chris Broom, Vice President, Commercial Training Solutions, Boeing Global Services
Paul Kinstedt, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Republic Airways

1000-1100  Coffee – sponsored by EPST & COMPASS

1100-1230  Session 2 – The Future is Arriving (all conference streams Rooms L1-3)
1) Special Industry Panel – Embracing Training Innovation Across Civil Aviation, Defense and eVTOL
Dr. Regan Patrick, Chief Learning Officer, Defense & Security, CAE USA
Chris Courtney, Director of Advanced Air Mobility, Civil Aviation Training Solutions, CAE
Steve Dennis, Director of Training Design, CAE
Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People, Joby Aviation
2) José Alexandre T. Guerreiro Fregnani, Senior Fleet Engineer, EVE Air Mobility & José Carlos Furuzawa, Senior Innovation Manager, EVE Fleet Operations
Urban Air Mobility Simplified Vehicle Operation

1230-1400  Lunch – sponsored by CAE

1400-1530  Session 3 – An International View of Maintenance Training from Airlines, MROs and Manufacturers (Room i3)
Hans Mayer, President, European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee
Competency-Based Maintenance Training and Assessment: A European Perspective
2) Christian Delmas, Head of Airbus Worldwide Maintenance Training – MTO, Airbus Training Services
The Challenge of Developing and Maintaining Competent Mechanics
3) George Perrin, Senior Manager Tech Ops Training, Spirit Airlines Inc.
Training from the LCA Perspective

1530-1615  Coffee – sponsored by EPST & COMPASS

1615-1745  Session 4 – Invitation from the Exhibitors with Brief Offerings (Room i3)
Sam Wood, Account Executive, Modest Tree
2) Jim Cairns, Global Sales Leader, Commercial Aviation Maintenance Training Center of Excellence, CAE
3) Patrick Coulter, Director, Business Development, Commercial Training and Simulation, FlightSafety International
4) Jay Pointek, Manager Technical Operations Training & EASA Quality Manager & Peter Compitello, Manager, Delta TechOps Training

1745-1930  Networking Reception (Exhibition Hall)

Maintenance conference

Day 2 – Wednesday 4th May 2022

0900-1030  Session 5 – Critical Skills Beyond Technical Competency (Room i3)
1) Stephen Platt,
Director – Tech Ops Training, Hawaiian Airlines
Supporting Change in Maintenance Operations
2) Angeline Ram, Safety & Organisational Development Consultant, Angeline Ram Consulting
Soft Skills Defluffed – Non-Technical Enhancements to Human Performance
3) Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, Aviation Technician Education Council
Change Finally Comes to Part 147 Training

1030-1115  Coffee

1115-1245  Session 6 – Methods (Room i3)
1) Michelle Arredondo
, Maintenance Instructor, Ascent Aviation Services
50-50 Teaching Method in Aviation Maintenance
2) Dr. Joel English, Executive Vice President, Aviation Institute of Maintenance & Dr. Mike Lanouette, Vice President for Administration, Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Increasing Certification Rates Through Continous Program Modification
3) Dr. William Cox, CEO, M&E Inc. & Christian Delmas, Head of Airbus Worldwide Maintenance Training – MTO, Airbus Training Services
Getting the Most Out of Maintenance Training in Uncertain Times

1245-1415  Lunch 

1415-1545  Session 7 – Nurturing the Aviation Talent Pipeline: A Group Discussion (Room i3)
Moderator: Ryan Goertzen, Vice President, Maintenance Workforce Development, AAR
Justin Madden, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Aircraft Mechanic Fraternal Association (AMFA)
Tammera Holmes, Founder & CEO, AeroStar Avion Institute
Dr. Nancy Hocking, Director of Gateway Programs, JetBlue
JetBlue Gateways – Tech Ops Programs

1545-1630  Coffee

1630-1800  Session 8

Exhibition Time

Save the Date for WATS 2023
18-20 April 2023