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Now in its 6th successful year SMi’s 6th Annual Fighter Training Conference will again provide you with the latest emerging trends and technologies impacting on today’s air forces. Invaluable insights into the latest advances in fighter training systems, air combat and flying proficiency will be heard.

A Keynote Address will be given by Major General Edward Ellis (Commander 19th Air Force, USAF) on combat ready aircrew and the importance of effective training in achieving air superiority. International perspectives from the UK, US Navy, USAF, Korea, Russia, Italy and Denmark will examine the latest training systems/simulators being used and procured by the world’s major air forces.

Cutting edge case studies detailing the integration and implementation of these systems into modern force capability and the lessons learned from this and from recent military operations and experimentation will be evaluated. Synthetic environments, the next generation fighter trainer, night vision and advanced cockpit avionics will also be discussed within the conference.

Delegates at SMi's Fighter Training conference will benefit from meeting experts in the field and the opportunity to not only hear about the problems they are facing in the industry but to identify the latest solutions in which to overcome these.

Confirmed participants so far include…

  • Major General Edward Ellis, Commander 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training, US Air Force
  • Captain Vincient Shorts, Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, US Pacific Fleet, US Navy
  • Colonel Antonio Conserva, Deputy Chief of Policy, Doctrine General Planning Branch, Royal Italian Airforce
  • Colonel Anton den Drijver, Chief Fighter Operations Branch, Royal Netherlands Airforce
  • Wing Commander Pete Cracroft, Head Requirements Manager, UK MFTS (Military Flight Training System) Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK 
  • Wing Commander John Jenkins, Chief Instructor 1FTS, Royal Air Force
  • Squadron Leader Neil Cottrell, JCA IPT Training and Manpower Lead, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, Royal Air Force 
  • Squadron Leader Ian BraynSmith. FTD 1 Flying Training Development Wing, HQ Central Flying School, Royal Air Force
  • Wing Commander (Ret’d) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
  • Dr Valery Sukhanov, Deputy Director, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute TsAGI
  • Dr Ju-Hyung Lee, Research Fellow, Project Leader A-50, Korea Institute for Defence Analysis (KIDA)
  • Jeff Wallace, P5CTS Deputy program manager and Development Sub-IPT, US Air Force
  • Flight Lieutenant Greg House, Lead QFI Capacity Enhancement Trial, Royal Air Force

Benefits of Attending Fighter Training include:

  • UNDERSTAND the critical issues in fighter training now and in the future 
  • EXAMINE all major requirements relating to military flight training 
  • LEARN of the unique challenges yet to be faced 
  • GAIN an insight into the most recent breakthroughs in fighter training technologies 
  • DEVELOP key contacts through this focussed networking forum

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

9:10 ENSURING AIR SUPERIORITY

Major General Edward Ellis

Major General Edward Ellis, Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training, US Air Force

  • Developments in simulation
  • Threat recognition
  • Integrating behind the scenes training
  • Reducing the need for follow up training
  • Future developments
  • 9:50 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

    Squadron Leader Neil Cottrell

    Squadron Leader Neil Cottrell, JCA IPT, Training and Manpower Lead, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Multi-national, multi-mission fighter – the challenges
  • Training the JSF warfighter – the ‘global solution’
  • Interoperability, commonality and affordability
  • Identifying and bridging potential training gaps
  • Training solution development and the way forward
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 US NAVY - STRIKE FIGHTER TRAINING PROGRAM (SFTP)

    Captain Vincient Shorts

    Captain Vincient Shorts, Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, US Pacific Fleet, US Navy

  • Program objectives
  • Air combat online
  • Manpower, personnel and training principles
  • New developments
  • Logistics support
  • 11:40 FIGHTER TRAINING IN THE KOREAN AIR FORCE

    Dr Ju-Hyung  Lee

    Dr Ju-Hyung Lee, Research Fellow, Project Leader A-50, Korea Institute for Defence Analysis (KIDA)

  • Overview of Korea’s Air Force structure
  • Korean fighter industry capabilities and perspectives
  • Advanced trainer for the next generation fighter
  • T-50 development structure
  • Future system plans
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 ITALIAN AIR FORCE TRAINING CAPABILITIES

    Colonel Antonio Conserva

    Colonel Antonio Conserva, Deputy Chief of Policy, Doctrine and General Planning Branch, Italian Air Force

  • Development history
  • Current pilot training structure
  • Challenging objectives
  • The human factor
  • Future challenges
  • 14:30 FUTURE RNLAF FIGHTER TRAINING CONCEPT

    Colonel Anton den Drijver

    Colonel Anton den Drijver, Chief, Fighter Operations Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • The changing European environment
  • Lessons learned  and recent changes
  • Requirements for optimum training results
  • Alternatives
  • The way ahead
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 T-6 TRAINING SYSTEM

    Tim Dolan

    Tim Dolan, Regional Manager, Raytheon Aircraft Company

  • US program update
  • NFTC program update
  • HAF program update
  • World tour update
  • 16:20 RUSSIAN FIGHTER TRAINING SIMULATION

    Dr Valery  Sukhanov

    Dr Valery Sukhanov, Deputy Director, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)

  • Flight staff technical training means hierarchy
  • Ratio of ‘engineering simulator’ to ‘training simulator’ programmes
  • Flight dynamics mathematical models for aircraft and helicopters
  • Specific simulation projects
  • Progress and upgrade trends
  • 17:00 EMBEDDED SIMULATION IN MODERN MILITARY FLYING TRAINING

    Giovanni Orlandi

    Giovanni Orlandi, Head of Training System Technologies, Aermacchi

  • Italian experience over the last 7 years
  • MB-339 CD for advanced flying training
  • International co-operation - 'WASIF'
  • M-346 the modern way forward for AJT and LIFT
  • M-311 a true jet approach on basic jet training and beyond
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:50 Networking Drinks Reception Sponsored by RAYTHEON

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Sir Colin Terry

    Sir Colin Terry, Chariman Engineering Council & Aerospace Consultant, Conrad Grindley Associates

    9:10 ADVANCED JET TRAINING: HAWK 128

    Wing Commander Pete Cracroft

    Wing Commander Pete Cracroft, Head Requirements Manager, Military Flight Training System (UK MFTS), Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence UK

  • Using the latest technology
  • Challenges in implementation
  • The next generation of trainer aircraft
  • Airborne simulation systems
  • Closing the training gap
  • Adhering to MoD systems requirement
  • 9:50 RANGELESS AIR-COMBAT TRAINING

    Jeff Wallace

    Jeff Wallace, P5CTS Deputy Program Manager and Development Sub-IPT Lead, US Air Force

  • Scope of the program
  • Revolutionising training
  • Developing a joint program through ensuring interservice interoperability
  • Program security – issues to consider
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 HAWK - A NEW GENERATION OF TRAINING

    Dick Midwinter

    Dick Midwinter, Hawk Flight Operations Advisor, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Providing a platform for fourth generation training
  • Fulfilling current and future fast jet training requirements
  • Developing airborne simulation systems
  • Maintaining a cost effective and flexible technology
  • 11:30 IMPROVING FLYING TRAINING

    Squadron Leader Ian BraynSmith

    Squadron Leader Ian BraynSmith, FTD 1, Flying Training Development Wing, HQ Central Flying School, Royal Air Force

  • Challenges for next generation training
  • Key issues in developing students
  • The way ahead
  • 12:10 RAF BASIC FAST JET TRAINING TODAY

  • Current RAF Basic Fast Jet Training
  • Capacity enhancement trial for pilots
  • Wing Commander Jon Jenkins

    Wing Commander Jon Jenkins, Chief Instructor 1FTS, Royal Air Force

    Flight Commander Greg House

    Flight Commander Greg House, Lead QFI Capacity Enhancement Trial, Royal Air Force Linton on Ouse

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ADVANCED AIR COMBAT TRAINING AND DEBRIEFING

  • From theory to practice
  • Real-time interoperability
  • AACMI status in Europe
  • New simulations and applications
  • Erwin Fischer

    Erwin Fischer, Training and Simulation, Diehl BGT Defence

    Oded Efrati

    Oded Efrati, Training and Simulation, IAI/MLM

    14:40 NIGHT VISION TRAINING

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, Royal Air Force

  • Background of night vision technologies
  • Human factors
  • Training support
  • Industry challenges
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 T-38C ADVANCED JET PILOT TRAINER

    John Foncannon

    John Foncannon, Manager, T-38C Logistics and Courseware, The Boeing Corporation

  • Introduction and transition to fast jet training
  • Meeting new national airspace requirements
  • Training flow from specialised undergraduate pilot training, to introduction to fighter fundamentals, to combat crew training
  • Designing courseware, simulators and aircraft training for synergy
  • Future objectives to meet 21st Century fighter training concurrency
  • 16:20 COCKPIT AVIONICS

    Hans Brandtberg

    Hans Brandtberg, Director, Strategy & Technology Management, Display and Reconnaissance Systems Division, SaabTech

  • Training design
  • Successful implementation
  • Mission requirements and pilot needs
  • Cockpit displays and controls with associated avionics
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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