Pilot Training Conference

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

To find out more about the WATS speakers and to read about what they’ll be talking about, click on their name or go straight to the Meet the Speakers page.

Pilot Conference Moderator: Rick Adams

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 and 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
1) FAA Update
2) Roger Marszalek, Director, Market Strategy & Product Marketing – Civil Aviation, CAE
Aviation Talent Forecast

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 3 – Can We Agree on Methodology?
Room: i2/3
1) Captain Jorge Reyes
, Director of Training, Copa Airlines & Captain Michael Varney, CEO, Salient
Enhanced Safety Results from Evidence-Based Training
2) Bob Burgin
, CEO, Amplifire
Adaptive Learning in High-Stakes Work Environments
3) Captain Philip Adrian
, CEO, MPS
Training Optimization Through Modern Knowledge and Technology

1545-1630  Coffee Break
Sponsored by: EPST/COMPASS

1630-1800  Session 4 – Criticality of Instructors
Room: i2/3
1) Aleksandra Kapela, Associate Aviation Psychologist, Symbiotics
Beyond the Checklist: Shaping Exceptional Pilot Instructors of the Future
2) Captain Ping Lee, Chief Pilot of HF CRM Team, EVA Airways
IRR: A Never-Ending Battle
3) Captain Stéphan Labrucherie, Head of Flight Training Worldwide, Airbus
The Impact of Instructors

1800-1900  Networking Reception in Exhibition Hall

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Day 2 – Wednesday 1st May 2024

0900-1030  Session 5 – Evolving Training Environments
Room: i2/3
1) Kathy Abbott, PhD, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Flight Deck Human Factors, Federal Aviation Administration
Automation, Manual Flight and Monitoring
2) Pau García Sanz, Lead Aerospace Engineer, Data Machine Intelligence
Enhancing Software Quality in Flight Simulator Devices and its Impact on Flight Training
3) Asa Margareta Freitas, Innovation Lead, Thales
Will We Find the Holy Grail of Training?

1030-1115  Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Moog

1115-1245  Session 6 – Augmenting Intelligence
Room: i2/3
1) Captain Chris Ranganathan, Chief Learning Officer, Civil Aviation Training, CAE
Technology to Support Risk Based Training Programs
2) Captain Andy O’Shea, CEO, The Airline Pilot Club & Aleksandra Kapela, Associate Aviation Psychologist, Symbiotics
AI and Psychometrics in Pilot Selection & Recruitment: A Collaborative Model for Sustaining Quality Pilot Supply
3) TBD

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 7 – Airmanship
Room: i2/3
1) Mike Tarsa, Senior Learning Engineer, Touch & Go Solutions
Cognitive Task Analysis for Flight Path Management
2) Captain Christof Kemény, Captain/Senior Checkairman/Senior Training Advisor, Lufthansa Group
Push-to-Unload – Are We Doing It Right?
3) Clarke McNeace, Executive Vice President, Compliance & Customer Experience, Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)
Harmonizing Excellence: Tailoring UPRT Instructor Training for Airlines and Flight Schools

1545-1630 Coffee Break
Sponsored by: Moog

1630-1800  Session 8 – Airline Training Leaders Panel (Pilot & Ab Initio)
Room: i2/3
Moderated by Captain Paul Preidecker & Rick Adams

Day 3 – Thursday 2nd May 2024

0900-1030  Session 9 – Fit to Fly – Human Factors Panel: Stress, Fatigue and Mental Wellness (Pilot & Ab Initio)
Room: i2/3

  • Captain Paul Cullen, Trinity College
  • Captain (Ret.) Reyne O’Shaughnessy, Founder/CEO, Piloting 2 Wellbeing
  • Jason Davenhill, Performance & Executive Coach / Helicopter & Fixed Wing Flying Instructor, Inflow Performance
  • Andrés Ospina, Founder, The Aeronaut

0900-1030  BREAKOUT SESSION – Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) (Pilot & Ab Initio)
Room: Wekiwa 4/5
1) Murat Kose, CEO, Quantum3D
Mixed Reality eVTOL Flight Simulator
2) Dr. Steve Ellis, Learning Coordinator, AFWERX Agility Prime Program & Dr. Kent Halverson, Principal Scientist, Senior Director of the Training, Learning and Readiness Division, Aptima, Inc.
Training a New Generation of Pilots and Maintainers: Open Issues in eVTOL Training
3) TBD


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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