SMi are proud to present the 9th annual Military Flight Training conference, taking place in October 2020 in London.

Military Flight Training aims to comprehensively cover the latest developments in fast jet, rotary, and fixed wing training, as well as national approaches to pilot development and technological advances to synthetic and live training programmes.

As new threats create more challenging and dangerous air operations, and NATO-aligned militaries see increasingly higher operational tempos, flight training and preparation must respond to these developments in order to prepare pilots for dynamic operational environments. This conferences provides the perfect opportunity for flight training professionals to gather and share their experiences to ensure that the pilots of the future are ready to fight and win.

Key Topics Include:

  • Fast-jet training
  • Rotary-wing training
  • Fixed-wing training
  • Synthetic and live training
  • Pilot retention and attitrion reduction
  • Immersive technologies for flight training
  • Training platforms

Military Flight Training 2020 is an invaluable opportunity to meet world-leading experts in the field of pilot training. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class training officers, solution providers and senior military figures from the UK and abroad.

  • Receive unparalleled insight and access into the world's leading pilot training programmes and initiatives.
  • Meet and network with leaders in pilot training from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking lunches and drinks reception.
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading programme managers.
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of synthetic training, retention and training, gaming technology and more.
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.

AATTC, US Air National Guard; Aircontact Group Sweden AB; Army Training And Recruiting Agency; Austrian Air Force; Avidonn Consulting; Babcock Aerospace Ltd; BAE Systems; Brazilian Air Force; CAE; Diamond Aircraft Industries Gmb H; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH; Embassy of France ; Flight Safety International; Flightsafety; French Air Force; GAF Engineering Training Centre; Gelyfan Ltd; General Dynamics Mission Systems; General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada; High Commission of India; Hungarian Air Force; Joint Helicopter Command, Army Air Corps; KF Aerospace; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A.; Luftwaffe ( GAF); Marubeni Corporation; Marubeni Europe plc; NATO AIRCOM; OCCAR-EA; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; SAAB Surveillance; Swedish Air Force; Swedish Airforce; The Czech Air Force HQ; Thinke Company Ltd; U.S. Air Force; UAE GHQ; US Air Force Reserve;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 UK Defence Helicopter Training: No1 Flying Training School

Group Captain Chris Mullen

Group Captain Chris Mullen, Commandant No1 Flying Training School, Royal Air Force

  • How the UK provides a common helicopter training syllabus across all three services through No1 Flying Training School
  • Integrating virtual reality, motion sensors and other innovative technology to maximise synthetic training benefits and mitigate flight-time constraints
  • Future of helicopter training in the UK and most-needed innovations to push further ahead
  • 9:50 Supporting Saudi Arabian National Guard Flight Training

    Colonel David Bunker

    Colonel David Bunker, Assistant Program Manager, Aviation, Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Overview of the Saudi Arabian National Guard flight training mission and goals for establishing US-standard flight training programs across different airframes
  • Integration of simulators for initial rotary-wing training
  • Lessons from working, training and learning with international partners

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Swedish Air Force Military Flight Training System

    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Major Michael Rosenquist, Project Manager Military Flight Training System, Swedish Air Force

  • Latest feedback on the Military Flight Training System project
  • How the MFTS is supporting wider Air Force goals
  • Dealing with COVID-19: how the MFTS adapted to account for disruption and lessons learned to take forward
  • Future outlook for the MFTS
  • 11:40 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Leonardo

    12:20 Hungarian Air Force Flight Training

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt, Chief of Flight Trainer, Hungarian Air Force

  • Hungarian Air Force pilot training philosophy and vision
  • Combining synthetic and manual training across the fleet
  • Case-study: using software to optimise training hours and ensure efficiency
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Panel: Rotary-Wing Specific Training

    14:40 Remote: 100th Aviation Brigade: Providing World-Class, Mission-Ready Helicopter Aircrew to the US Army

    Colonel George Ferido

    Colonel George Ferido, 110th Aviation Brigade Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

  • Mission of the 110th Aviation Brigade and its training battalions
  • Training philosophy and doctrine
  • The Brigade's approach to training scheduling across multiple airframes and locations
  • Integrating simulation technology: current uses and future acquisitions to maximise training benefit
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Air Force Security Assistance Training: Facilitating Unrivalled Training for America's Partners

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative, Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron, US Air Force

  • AFSAT’s mission, vision and offering to America’s allies
  • Importance of building relationships between nations and how this contributes to security objectives
  • Lessons from working with international partners and
    overcoming differences in approach to training
  • 16:30 426 Transport Training Squadron: Creating Mission-Capable Transport Aviators

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Rozema-Seaton

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Rozema-Seaton, Commanding Officer, 426 Transport Training Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Generating operationally effective air mobility aircrew and technicians to operate in full support of Canadian Forces operations
  • Contractor cooperation to deliver flexible training delivery
  • Flight simulator to train pilots in advanced and realistic operational scenarios
  • Preparing aircrew and support staff for international deployments
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 ETAC: Driving Cooperation Through Advanced Airlifting Training

    Colonel Fernando Raimundo Martinez

    Colonel Fernando Raimundo Martinez, Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre

  • From 2017 founding, development of IOC and work to deliver advanced tactical airlift training
  • Promoting a European strategic culture through ETAC and work with wider partners such as the AATTC
  • Benefits of technology integration and adoption of new training programmes to support airlift capability development
  • 9:50 Multinational Aviation Training Centre: Providing Leading Training to International Aircrew

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Karel Valvoda, Director, Multinational Aviation Training Centre, Czech Armed Forces

  • Overview of the MATC and its role in providing multinational training
  • Harmonising and standardising aviation training and education whilst enhancing the quality levels of pilots
  • Improving interoperability and capabilities of participating forces
  • Facilitating the establishment of multinational task forces and their joint deployment to areas of operations led by NATO, the EU or the UN
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:40 Evaluating Mental Workload Using Psycho-Physiological Measures During Helicopter Training

    Commander Andrea Pingitore

    Commander Andrea Pingitore, Commanding Officer, Experimental Test Pilot, Italian Navy

  • The process: Information Acquisition, Interface Design and Biofeedback
  • Technology in use
  • Specific analysis of a flight training event
  • Comparative analysis of different events
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 The Future of Multinational Helicopter Training

    Mr Andrew Gray

    Mr Andrew Gray, Former Helicopter Programme Manager, European Defence Agency, Avidonn Consulting

  • Why do we need it?
  • What are we doing now? Current projects and efforts at coordination
  • What should we do in the future? Building interoperability for success in future joint-air operations
  • Future opportunities and threats
  • 14:00 Gaming and Simulation Technology for Flight Training

    Mr Stephen Webley

    Mr Stephen Webley, Lecturer Conflict Studies, Simulation Studies & Applied Psychoanalysis, Staffordshire University

  • Application of gaming to flight training simulation
  • Latest academic research in the field of simulation
  • Inviting physiological responses to augment training experiences
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Progress with Simulated Joint Air Land Training

    Mr Jonny Ormerod

    Mr Jonny Ormerod, Former SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army and Lead Consultant, BZTG Ltd

  • Developments in use of simulation for Joint Air Land training
  • Enhancements in the simulation of ISTAR assets, weapon target matching and collateral damage
  • Future possibilities for enhanced Joint Air Land training through simulation
  • Lessons learned
  • 15:50 Flight Training Simulation in the 21st Century

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

  • Trends in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Impact on Military Flight Operations and Training
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Official Media Partner



    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    97 Cromwell Road , London, United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    A world leader in training, Leonardo designs develops and produces a complete range of aircraft that cover the entire pilot training syllabus, from basic training with the M345 to the M346, currently the most advanced trainer aircraft on the market and the only one specifically designed to prepare pilots for high performance new generation aircraft. Leonardo delivers the Integrated Training System that, with the dedicated aircraft, includes complete Ground Based Training System (GBTS), simulators, mission support and computer-based training management system. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.

    Media Partners

    Military Simulation and Training Magazine

    Official Media Partner

    For more than 30 years MS&T Magazine has been the leading simulation and training publication for the defence industry and remains the only publication entirely dedicated to simulation and training in the military. Published 6 times per year, each issue typically carries at least five major articles, an industry news and analysis wrap-up, coverage of recent events, an industry calendar and more, including the coveted MS&T Industry Awards. Live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulations, gaming and immersive, VR training systems amongst the many other topics covered. Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter on our website.

    Media Partners

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.

    Defence and Security Alert


    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.

    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.



    ARMSCOM.net is a B2B /B2G platform for brokers of military goods. ARMSCOM.net is dedicated for Aerospace and Defense Industry with database containing more than 4000 companies and 3400 defense industrial sectors. Add Company and Products Profiles. For more information e-mail: armscom.net@gmail.com or visit http://www.armscom.net, tel.: + 372 816 946 77

    Actualidad Maritima y Portuaria


    Oferta diaria de empleos en los sectores marítimo-portuario y logístico Noticias, Buques, Empresas, Puertos, Aduanas, Eventos … Daily Offer of jobs into the maritime, port and logistics sectors News, Vessels, Companies, Ports, Customs, Events … Más información: www.actualidadmp.com (http://www.actualidadmp.com/)

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    European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA) represents the European training and simulation community and provides an environment for users and suppliers to exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on training and simulation technology and methodology. ETSA brings together all those that have a professional interest in improving the effectiveness of training and training related interoperability, standards and codes of practice. It represents to governments and other users of training and simulation the non-partisan business interests of the industry. ETSA provides a means by which different elements of the European training & simulation community, whether suppliers, purchasers, legislators, national associations or users, cooperate to their mutual benefit.

    Satnews Publishers


    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com



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    Global Military Communications


    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.

    Military Systems and Technology


    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545



    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”), the recognized leader among South American defense magazines. In the market for 29 years, its staff includes the best experts in the field. Sold on newstands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector.

    Homeland Security Research Corporation


    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.

    Defence Today


    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.

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    Blog Before Flight


    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.

    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.



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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    97 Cromwell Road
    London SW7 4DN
    United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 



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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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