Training for Air & Land Integration

• Challenges for Air & Land Joint Training – Distributed Simulation Air Land Training Experience
• Instructional Design Theory
• Limitations – Air Land Integration Training
• Immersive Learning Scenario Design– Part One – Creating a Blended Learning Course
• Immersive Learning Design – Part Two – Utilising a highly interactive Forward Air Controller e-learning course
• Limitations of Different Training Delivery 


Innov8learning Company Profile

Innov8learning was set up in early 2007 to focus on the Defence and Aviation e-learning market. The team has over 40 years of operational Military experience, a significant proportion of which includes instructional duties. In particular we are highly experienced in Aviation and Electronic Warfare; both of the founding partners having been fast jet aircrew and Electronic Warfare Instructors. Our team also includes Naval Engineering, Army (BOWMAN) Training and Rotary Wing front and rear crew experience.
In the last year we have worked with, and continue to work with international Defence Prime Contractors, MoD’s Joint Air Land Organisation, Air Command and the Air Warfare Centre.

Innov8learning Company Mission

Innov8learning is a Training Solutions provider. Our focus is on helping our clients to deliver tangible performance improvement at both an individual and team level. The training we deliver can be ‘platform based’; training on new equipment or ‘capability based’; training in tactics, techniques or procedures. Our team is fully conversant with the requirements of the Defence Systems Approach to Training and Defence Instructional Techniques and our products are developed with these methods very much in mind. Our product scope includes:

• Training Needs Analysis 
• E-learning Course Design and Development

 About Your Workshop Leaders

Jason Wilkes – Chief Executive Officer

Jason Wilkes is the CEO of Innov8learning which focuses on optimum training solutions for Defence, specialising in TNAs, Training Design and the creation of e-learning.  Jason has worked for Thales Training and Simulation and spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force as a Tornado Ground Attack Weapons System Operator and Electronic Warfare Instructor specialising in Anti Radiation Missiles with his most recent operational experience being in Iraq in 2003



Colonel David Pedersen (USAF), Director of Staff, NATO Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

Colonel David Pedersen is the Director of Staff for the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), Kalkar, Germany.  He is also the US Senior National Representative in the local area and Commander of the US Air Force Element.  Within the JAPCC, he acts as the focal point for the direction, guidance and co-ordination between the JAPCC Staff and Supreme Allied Command for Transformation, other NATO Headquarters, NATO agencies and National staffs.  Prior to this assignment, he has served as the deputy commander for the largest operations group in the U.S. Air Force at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona with over 200 F-16 aircraft training nearly half of the fighter pilots entering the U.S. Air Force.  He commanded a team of advisors to train Egyptian F-16 pilots and was Director of Operations for a Republic of Singapore F-16 squadron in New Mexico.  Colonel Pedersen received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a distinguished graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering.  He was the top graduate from the NATO pilot training program at Sheppard AFB and has participated in multiple contingency operations and exercises around the world.  He is a command pilot with over 2,700 flight hours.  Col Pedersen recently graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island with a Masters of Science, National Security and Strategic Studies and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.



Colonel Jay Bickley (USAF), Combat Air Branch Head, NATO Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

Col Jay R. Bickley is the Branch Head, Combat Air Branch, North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) in Kalkar Germany.  The JAPCC provides innovative and timely advice and subject matter expertise, both proactively and responsively, for the transformation of Joint Air and Space Power to the Alliance and Nations. As a Center of Excellence, with a strategic and operational level focus, it offers independent thought, analysis and solutions.  As the Branch Head, Combat Air, Col Bickley provides and oversees subject matter expertise for Suppression of Enemy Air Defences, Electronic Warfare, Manned Air including attack helicopters, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, Precision Guided Munitions, Cruise Missiles, Ground Based Air Defence, Theatre Missile Defence, and Maritime Air including Carrier Operations.  Col Bickley completed pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas in December 1991.  He has served as a Flight Commander, Director of Operations and Squadron Commander.  He has flown the T-37, T-38, TC-18, and E-3 aircraft.  He is a command pilot with more than 4300 hours of flight time including 160 hours in combat.  Col Bickley is a graduate of the National War College, Ft McNair, Washington D.C.


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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