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The battlefield of today is very different from the past. To be able to overcome the challenges of a more fluid, modern warfare, a successful military force requires effective and high quality training for its air force. Even though we are in an era of global spending cuts and consolidation, air force pilots must still be at the top of their game.


Air force pilots must be flexible and be able to keep pace with changes in warfare tactics. As a result, military simulation and virtual training systems have become an extremely important factor for the training of a modern and advanced military force, with military flight training moving towards a balanced mix of live training and simulator training, allowing for timely and accurate response times.

Smi are proud to present the 4th annual Military Flight Training Conference, 16th-17th September 2015, London. Through a series of interactive presentations, panel discussions and roundtables, Military Flight Training will feature timely discussions on how simulation systems can provide realistic mission training in a safe environment. In addition, discover how to stretch and grow your pilots to face the demands of the future. With an in depth analysis of latest political, economic and technological trends discussed by industry leaders, this is an event you do not want to miss!

This two day networking event will invite in depth discussion of the key drivers impacting Military Flight Training. Join us and discover what is going in this market to:


• Understand why customers continue to look towards simulators as a way to reduce costs, while improving the readiness of their pilots
• Analyse solutions to overcome the challenges associated with keeping flight training requirements and capabilities current and up to date
• Discover the importance of investing in basic and advanced training systems as legacy systems are still in operation and as requirements shift to adopt the latest technologies.
• Learn how to improve integration of simulated and live flying training as a key factor for success

 


 

•RAF Flight Training Instructors
•Defence Analysts
•Airborne Researchers
•Airspace Mission Planning Officers
•Air Capability Managers
•Approach and Landing Systems Branch Officers
•Aviation Academics
•Guidance and Control Engineers
•Airlift Staff Officers
•Operations Consultants
•Combined Air Operations Managers
•Cap TA SO2 Mission Enablers
•Joint Force Air Component Command Officers
•Flight Test Engineers
•Avionics Support Team Managers
•Aviation Scientists

 

Air Command; Airbus Defence and Space; Allied Wings; Ascent Flight Training; Austrian MoD; Aviacom Ltd; Babcock; BAE Systems; Boeing Defence UK limited; Bombardier; Canadian Defence Liaison Staff; Doss Aviation; DSTL ; E M P O R D E F Tech De Informacao S A; Embassy of Ukraine; ETC (Europe); ETSA; ETSA CIC; European Air Transport Command ; FMV; Georgia Tech Research Institute; Halldale Group; HP Enterprise Services; Institute for Creative Technologies; Irish Air Corps; J.F. Lehman & Company; Lockheed Martin ; Ministry of Defence Directorate of Materiel; NATO Airlift Management Agency ; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; PMI Media Limited; QinetiQ; RAF Valley; Rolls-Royce Plc; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; SAAB AB; Serco Group plc; Swedish Armed Forces; Thales Group; Thales UK Ltd; Thinke Company Ltd; UK MOD; Unmanned Experts; US Air Force;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, In Command Ltd
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9:10 Ascent - Partnering in Flying Training

Paul Livingston

Paul Livingston Managing Director, Ascent Flight Training
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Air Commodore David Bentley

Air Commodore David Bentley Director of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
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9:50 Lead in fighter training – a new approach

Peter Hedberg

Peter Hedberg Flying Instructor, Swedish Armed Forces

• Stress management in a learning situation
• Reviewing learning based on definition of competence
• Network learning … who and what is in the network?

 


 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Pilot transformation: tactical expert to operational master

Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

Colonel Joseph William DeMarco Commandant at Air Command and Staff College, United States Air Force

• We train stellar pilots, but how do we educate them to become operational masters and eventually strategic decision makers?
• Education is key:  agile, anticipatory leaders who can make bold audacious operational level decisions
• Educating today’s leaders to solve tomorrow’s problems
• Advancing airpower thought and theory one leader at a time…
 

11:40 Identifying future trends in pilot and instructor training – maximising the learning event

Squadron Leader Nick Goodwyn

Squadron Leader Nick Goodwyn MOD Liaison to CAA, Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, Royal Air Force and Civil Aviation Authority

 •       Recognising the need to train NOTECH or ‘soft’ skills in harmony with, but not at the expense of retention of traditional manual aptitude skills
• Reducing wastage rates and enhance training efficiency with increasingly limited resources, innovation and the maximisation of each learning event through advanced debriefing techniques
• Changing the training culture…leading research into achieving this goal and raising the bar of future instructional development
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 The Age of Cyberhumanism: Implications for Military Flight and Training

Dr Randall Hill

Dr Randall Hill Executive Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies


 • Visualization: Augmented and virtual reality
• Communication:  A natural language interface to the machine
• Automatization: Working with smart systems
• Personalization: Personal assistant for lifelong learning

14:00 Killer Drones: Ethical Considerations

Dr David Whetham

Dr David Whetham Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London

• Where have all the people gone?
• Issues about ‘video-game killing’ and moral distance in contemporary conflict
• The paradox of precision
• Perceptions of legitimacy and the changing shape of the moral landscape of war

 

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Training Challenges for the ISTAR Force

Paul Moss

Paul Moss SO1 ISTAR Training , Royal Air Force

  • Understanding the current / future mission for the ISTAR Constellation
  • Training smarter in a resource limited, connected environment
  • Total safety. Optimizing training to maximise operational effect and assurance
  • 15:50 United World of training

    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco Commandant at Air Command and Staff College, United States Air Force

    Paul Livingston

    Paul Livingston Managing Director, Ascent Flight Training
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    Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes Director, Thinke Company Ltd

    • Bringing the different countries to train together to train, how can this be achieved?
    • Discussing if simulators may gain further attractiveness if products are interlinked
    • What is the potential to be gained  through partnership with commercial vendors
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, In Command Ltd
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    9:10 NATO air and space power- the future vector project

    Major General Tom Henry Knutsen

    Major General Tom Henry Knutsen Former Commandant of the Norwegian Defence University College and the RNoAF Academy, Royal Norwegian Air Force (ret)

    •  The air and space power paradox
    • The future strategic environment
    • Consequences for future air warfare
    • How to build NATO’s air and space power for the future
     

    9:50 Hegemony and air & space power in 21st century

    Colonel Gungor Özer

    Colonel Gungor Özer Instructor/Lecturer, Turkish Air War College

    • Analysing the global system- assessing the current status of the powers today
    • Discussing the formulation and characteristics of hegemonic powers
    • Reviewing hegemony and air & space power
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Exploring the Royal Canadian Air Forces’ future pilot training and simulation strategies

    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt

    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt Director General Air Force Development,, royal canadian air force
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    • Optimizing the means by which RCAF personnel achieve and maintain mission readiness
    • Fully exploiting advances in both technology and training methodologies for basic and advance flying training
    • Characteristics of future fighter, multi-engine and rotary-wing training streams
    • Transitioning to ground-based, virtual training systems that provide individual and collective modelling and simulation-focused training
    • Leveraging live, virtual, and constructive simulations within a networked common synthetic environment
     

    11:40 Integrated Air Mobility Simulation

    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele

    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele Director of Simulators and Simulation, German Army Aviation School, German Armed Forces

    • Understanding why there is a need for Integrated Air Mobility Simulation
    • Who will your audience be?
    • Analysing what is the way forward for the future and how will this work?
    • An example
     

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Synthetic training on the Hawk T2

    Squadron Leader Tim Davies

    Squadron Leader Tim Davies Officer Commanding Standards and Instructor Training Hawk T2 Training, IV(R) Sqn, Royal Air Force Valley

    • Training Overview
    • Advanced Mission Planning and De-briefing System
    • Synthetic/Live Fly Interaction
     

    14:00 'Motion in Simulation' Just How Realistic and Important is it?

    Bob Young

    Bob Young Director, ETC Simulation Group

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Training in the cloud - benefits, challenges and lessons learned

    Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes Director, Thinke Company Ltd

    • Benefits of a computer cloud based service approach to training and simulation
    • Cloud technology trends and lessons learned
    • Economic, organisational and transitional challenges
     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Air Commodore David Bentley

    Air Commodore David Bentley

    Director of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, In Command Ltd
    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt

    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt

    Director General Air Force Development,, royal canadian air force
    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

    Commandant at Air Command and Staff College, United States Air Force
    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele

    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele

    Director of Simulators and Simulation, German Army Aviation School, German Armed Forces
    Paul Livingston

    Paul Livingston

    Managing Director, Ascent Flight Training

    Air Commodore David Bentley

    Director of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore David Bentley

    Air Commodore David Bentley joined the Royal Air Force in 1981 as a Halton Apprentice, graduating as an Airframe and Propulsion technician in 1984. He was commissioned into the General Duties (Pilot) Branch in 1985 and posted to 14 Sqn, RAF Bruggen in 1988 flying the Tornado GR1 in the ground attack role. In 1991 he qualified as a Tactics Instructor on the Hawk at No 1 Tactical Weapons Unit, RAF Brawdy; with the closure of Brawdy in 1992, he was posted to 74 Sqn, RAF Valley. In 1993 he successfully completed the Hawk Qualified Weapons Instructors Course, and in 1994 he was the RAF Valley Solo Hawk Display Pilot completing displays throughout the UK and Europe. He returned to RAF Bruggen in 1995, flying the Tornado GR1 with IX Sqn in the ground attack and Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) role. Promoted to Squadron Leader in 1996 he undertook an operational tour as the Mission Director on Op NORTHERN WATCH at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Following a Flight Commander tour on 31 Sqn, again at RAF Bruggen, he undertook a staff tour as the air-to-ground weapons specialist within the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington. Promoted to Wing Commander in Apr 01, he took command of the RAF’s Flying Training Development Wg at RAF Halton. During that tour he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Op IRAQI FREEDOM where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for UK Air Operations. In Apr 04 he took command of 19(R) Sqn at RAF Valley, the RAF’s Tactical Weapons Unit flying the Hawk. During his command he oversaw the tactics and weapons training for Indian Air Force pilots undertaking the highly successful Hawk India Interim Flying Training Programme at Valley. Following a further operational tour as Chief of Staff Operations, HQ 83 Expeditionary Air Group at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar he successfully undertook the Indian Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, graduating in May 2008. Promoted Group Captain he commanded the Operations Division of the Air Warfare Centre where he was responsible for the provision of tactical advice to UK Air platforms, the delivery of Air Power and specialist Air Warfare training, and the tactical facilitation of UK Large Force Employment Air exercises. From Mar-Sep 2011 he commanded 904 Expeditionary Air Wing at Kandahar Airfield. On 1 Apr 12, he became Commandant of the Central Flying School, overseeing the School’s Centenary celebrations as the oldest military flying training school in the world. As Commandant he was also responsible for delivering the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. Following a brief sojourn as the Senior Air Staff Officer in HQ 1 Group, he took up his new appointment as Director Flying Training in Jan 2015.

    He has over 3,000 flying hours on fast jets, is a Qualified Weapons and Flying Instructor, and has conducted numerous operational flying deployments in the Middle East. He is married to Wendy and they have 2 children, Christian aged 12 years and Zara aged 10. His interests include playing and watching most sports, Arsenal FC and reading, particular military history.

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, In Command Ltd
    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Richard Peacock-Edwards is Currently the director of In Command Ltd, a company that he and others set up to better connect the military with the business sector. Until very recently he held a commission in the RAF Volunteer Reserve and flew Grob Tutors with No 6 Air Experience Flight at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, UK, giving air experience to air cadets. He also introduced Tornado F2/3 to RAF Service and formed and commanded the Tornado F2/3 Operational Conversion Unit. He has had flight training experience in from ab-initio flight training to operational conversion to front line flying units.

    Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes is an independent consultant, a regular speaker on training, digital technology and organisational change, and the Academic Liaison for Bohemia Interactive Simulations. Prior to his current role, he specialized in the field of defence training and simulation and was the UK MoD policy lead for simulation and Chair of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group.

    Bob Young

    Director, ETC Simulation Group
    Bob Young

    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt

    Director General Air Force Development,, royal canadian air force
    Brigadier General Philip Garbutt

    Brigadier-General Phil Garbutt graduated from Royal Roads Military College and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1988. Following occupational training as an Aerospace Engineer, he was promoted and posted to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta in 1989 where he served as a Lieutenant and later as a Captain at the software development squadron for the CF18 Hornet. In 1995, he was posted to 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia where he served as the Deputy Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer at 442 (Transport & Rescue) Squadron working on the CC115 Buffalo and CH113 Labrador.
    Promoted to the rank of Major in 1998, he was posted to 16 Wing Headquarters in Borden, Ontario as the Wing Operations Officer. During this period, he served on the 1 Canadian Air Division Battle Staff during OP ABACUS and exercised under the NATO/Partnership for Peace Program in Ramstein, Germany and Zvolen, Slovakia. In 2001, he returned to 19 Wing Comox as the Senior Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer at 407 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron working on the CP140 Aurora Long Range Patrol Aircraft.

    In 2003, he was posted to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto for a one-year Combined/Joint Command and Staff course. Upon completion, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to the Director General Aerospace Equipment Program Management where he served as both the Fleet Manager for the CP140/A Aurora/Arcturus and the Project Manager for the Aurora Structural Life Extension Project. In 2007, Colonel Garbutt was posted to Greenwood, Nova Scotia as the Commanding Officer of 14 Air Maintenance Squadron. Following his Squadron Commander, he was posted back to Borden, Ontario to assumed command of 16 Wing in June 2009.
    In June 2010, Brigadier-General Garbutt was promoted to the rank of Colonel and posted to Winnipeg as Director A4 Maintenance, the senior advisor to the Commander 1 Canadian Air Division on Maintenance Operations. At the same time, he served as Occupational Advisor to the RCAF's 5000-plus Aircraft Technicians. In 2011, Brigadier-General Garbutt deployed to Afghanistan for one year as the Senior Advisor to the Commander of the Afghan Border Police under the Afghan Ministry of the Interior. He returned to Canada in July 2012 to take part in the year-long National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College. Upon graduation in June 2013, Brigadier-General Garbutt was appointed as the Director Air Requirements in the RCAF Headquarters, Ottawa. One year later, he was promoted to his present rank and appointed to his present position as the Director-General Air Force Development.
    Brigadier-General Garbutt has a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a member of the 58th List of the Order of Military Merit. He is married to wife Corinne and has two children, Andrew (19 and currently in second year at Royal Military College) and Sarah (17).
     

    Colonel Gungor Özer

    Instructor/Lecturer, Turkish Air War College
    Colonel Gungor Özer

    Güngör ÖZER: Colonel Güngör ÖZER graduated from Turkish Air Force Academy in 1994. He has completed flight training in 1998 as an F-16 pilot. He has more than 1300 flight hours with F-16. Total flight hours with different types of aircrafts is almost 2000 hours.
    He has a master of degree in national security and international relations in 2004 and a second master of degree in politics and social sciences in 2007.
    Since 2012 he's been a student in PhD program in international relations at Gelisim University in Istanbul.
    He has been on assignment in different levels of Turkish Air Force command and also worked as a staff officer in operations branch in NATO Joint Force Command Headquarter in Napoli for 3 years.
    His current assignment is as Chief of Plans and Programs Branch at Turkish Air War College. His specialty is security and air operation planning issues.
     

    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

    Commandant at Air Command and Staff College, United States Air Force
    Colonel Joseph William DeMarco

    Dr David Whetham

    Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London
    Dr David Whetham

    Dr David Whetham is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year. David has held Visiting Fellowships at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, the Australian Defence College, Canberra, and is currently a Visiting Fellow and project partner with the University of Glasgow. Publications include Ethics, Law and Military Operations (Palgrave, 2010), Just Wars and Moral Victories (Brill, 2009) and with Andrea Ellner & Paul Robinson (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).

    Dr Randall Hill

    Executive Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
    Dr Randall Hill

    Randall W. Hill, Jr. is the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Located in Los Angeles, ICT is a University Affiliated Research Center sponsored by the United States Army. The mission of the ICT is to perform research on immersive technologies and apply them to training, education and therapy. Hill steers the institute’s exploration of how virtual humans, mixed reality worlds, advanced computer graphics, dramatic films, social simulations and educational videogames can augment more traditional methods for imparting lessons.
    Hill is a full research professor in the Computer Science department at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has over seventy publications in journals, conferences and books on topics related to his research in artificial intelligence, intelligent tutoring, and virtual humans.
    After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments in field artillery and military intelligence. He earned his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1993.
    He is a member of the National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology.
     

    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele

    Director of Simulators and Simulation, German Army Aviation School, German Armed Forces
    Lt Colonel Christoph Hegele

    Major General Tom Henry Knutsen

    Former Commandant of the Norwegian Defence University College and the RNoAF Academy, Royal Norwegian Air Force (ret)
    Major General Tom Henry Knutsen

    Major General Knutsen was born Jan 26, 1956 in Bergen, Norway.
    He entered service in the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1975 at the RNoAF NCO Training School (Air Defence Artillery Branch). His military education includes the RNoAF Academy, US Army Air Defense Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Canadian Forces Command& Staff College, USAF Air War College, Norwegian National Defence University College, Information Course and Crisis Management Course, and NATO Defence College, General Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course. He has also been a Military Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.
    His military service includes teaching assignments at the RNoAF NCO Training School, the RNoAF Academy and the RNoAF Command &Staff College, operational assignments with Air Defense Artillery units including service as Btry Cdr, staff positions in the RNoAF Staff, and senior Command positions as Commandant of the RNoAF Academy, Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Armed Forces Air Defense Artillery, Cdr RNoAF Air Warfare Centre, Head of the Crisis Management Section, Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Commandant of the Norwegian Defence University College and Defence Attaché to the United States and Canada.
    He has also served as Aide de Campe to HM King Harald V 1991-94, and he served as the Dean of the Washington, DC Defense Attaché Corps 2007-09.
    After retiring from active duty in 2014 he is now a Chief Advisor at Safetec Nordic.
    Major General Knutsen is married to Liv and they have three children.
     

    Paul Livingston

    Managing Director, Ascent Flight Training
    Paul Livingston

    Paul Livingston was appointed Managing Director for Ascent Flight Training in January 2014. Ascent Flight Training is the industry partner in the UK Military Flying Training System programme and is a 50/50 Joint Venture between Lockheed Martin & Babcock.

    Prior to this role Mr Livingston was Chief Operating Officer of Sim-Industries; a Lockheed Martin Company based in Sassenheim, Netherlands. At this time Mr Livingston was also a board member of Sim-Industries Korea and Sim-Industries Brasil, which operate training centres in Seoul and São Paulo respectively.

    Mr. Livingston also spent 3 years as Director, United Kingdom for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as the senior customer interface in the UK for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and C-130J Super Hercules programmes.

    From 2001 to 2006 Mr Livingston led the business development activities for Lockheed Martin and the Ascent team during the competitive phase of the MFTS programme; thus possessing a grass roots understanding of the business and its component parts.

    Mr. Livingston began his career at Singer Link-Miles in 1987 as an engineering apprentice working in Civil and Military simulation. On completion of the apprenticeship in 1989 he was selected to spend a year in Sunnyvale, CA to develop the Test & Integration plan for the worlds first eye-slaved visual system on the Harrier Gr7 simulators. Mr. Livingston stayed with the Harrier programme until 1994, rising to the role of Project Engineer. By 1995 Link-Miles had been become Thomson Training & Simulation when Mr. Livingston was appointed Military Warranty Manager. In 1996 he was promoted to Senior Programme Manager for Advanced Programmes, which included the first Private Finance Initiative (PFI) for the UK Ministry of Defence. Promoted to Business Development Executive, US Military in 1998, Mr. Livingston enacted partnerships leading to over £120M in new business. In November 2000 under the reorganization to Thales Training & Simulation, he was appointed Regional Sales / Commercial Executive for North Asia.

    Mr. Livingston was born 1968 in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and holds an MBA in Technology Management from University of Brighton, and a HNC in Electronics from Northbrook College, Worthing.

    Mr. Livingston is married to Kate and they have two children Eleanor (b 1997) and Alexander (b 2000).
     

    Peter Hedberg

    Flying Instructor, Swedish Armed Forces
    Peter Hedberg

    Squadron Leader Nick Goodwyn

    MOD Liaison to CAA, Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, Royal Air Force and Civil Aviation Authority
    Squadron Leader Nick Goodwyn

    Squadron Leader Nick Goodwyn has a 32 year career as a Fast Jet Pilot, Instructor and Examiner. He held the appointment of Officer Commanding Human Performance Training Squadron of the Central Flying School and was responsible for the cognitive development of the performance of tri-service airborne instructors and aircrew students through the Aircrew Performance Coaching Programme, Human Performance for Instructors Course and through the delivery and evolution of the RAF Airmanship Model. He was also responsible for the delivery of Human Factors foundation training to both Fixed and Rotary Wing pilots across Defence. He was required to maintain a corporate knowledge of current world and RAF FJ and UAV capabilities, flying instructional techniques, future developments and requirements and undertook bespoke flying training projects as an independent service consultant. He worked on the JSF F35 Lightning II project as a SME and on a study into the future of CFS within the MFTS (Military Flying Training System) construct and across defence. He was posted from CFS and seconded to work with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the Safety, Airspace and Regulation Group (SARG) in January 2015.

    Additionally, he is Chairman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Education Committee and has been the Secretary of a NATO working group focusing on Instructor and Human Factors issues as well as acting as Secretary for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Operations Group Committee until March 2008; he remains a consultant member. As well as qualifying as a RAF HF and CRM Instructor, he qualified as a CAA CRM Instructor. In July 2009, he completed No 1 Aircrew Human Performance Coaching Qualification course, as part of which he is a qualified MBTI Part one and two practitioner and is FIRO-B Qualified. He holds a Diploma in Executive Coaching and is a coaching supervisor.
     

    Squadron Leader Tim Davies

    Officer Commanding Standards and Instructor Training Hawk T2 Training, IV(R) Sqn, Royal Air Force Valley
    Squadron Leader Tim Davies

    Squadron Leader Tim Davies is a Central Flying School (CFS) accredited Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) teaching students and instructors air combat and ground attack tactics on the RAF's newest fast-jet, the Hawk T2. Previously he has flown operational missions over Iraq on the Tornado GR4 and has served in Afghanistan with the US Army. He currently leads a team of 12 of the most senior and highly qualified military flying instructors in the world on the largest flying training squadron in the RAF. The RAF demands excellence from its people and requires that they deliver quality in a challenging and dynamic environment. His students go on to fly the Typhoon and Tornado aircraft in front-line combat roles and are routinely deployed to theatres of operational conflict by the UK Government.

    Wing Commander Paul Moss

    SO1 ISTAR Training , ISTAR Force Headquarters RAF Waddington
    Wing Commander Paul Moss

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    Marriott Regents Park

    128 King Henry's Road
    London NW3 3ST
    United Kingdom

    Marriott Regents Park

    This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

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    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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