Fighter Training is an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest developments in national and international Fighter Training programmes and meet experts in the fighter training community.

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Learn About Training on 5th Generation Fighters. The US Navy will be discussing undergraduate training for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the US Air Force will discuss training on the F-22 Raptor.

Discuss the Benefits of International Training Programmes. Hear updates on The Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) and on the future of NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC).

Debate the benefits of Simulation vs In-Flight Technology. Learn about experiences of embedded simulation as well advances in technology of onboard training.

Understand the Challenges of Human Factors in Training.  Examine the challenges of High-G Training for military aircrew and development and evolution of pilot performance.

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

  • Air Commodore Brian Newby, Director of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
  • Colonel Norman Minne, Senior Staff Officer Combat Operational Systems, South African Air Force
  • Colonel Laurian Anastasov, Commander, MiG-21 Squadron, Romanian Air Force
  • Colonel William H Mott V, Commander, 325th Operations Group, Air Education and Training Command, US Air Force
  • Colonel David E Petersen, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, US Air Force
  • Commander Mark A McLaughlin, Assistant Chief of Staff for Training, Naval Air Training Command, US Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Carlos de Palma Arrabal, Air Staff, Plans Programmes Section, Spanish Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kurt J. Saladana, Chief of Staff for 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Department of National Defence, Canada
  • Squadron Leader Ed Thomas, OC C Flight 19(R) Squadron, Royal Air Force
  • Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft, OC Human Factors Training Squadron, Central Flying School, Royal Air Force

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

9:10 Fast Jet Training in the Royal Air Force

Air Commodore Brian Newby

Air Commodore Brian Newby, Director of Flying Training, Royal Air Force

  • The Royal Air Force Military Flying Training System
  • Assets and capabilities
  • Training for future warfare
  • Training methodologies
  • 9:50 Fighter Training in the South African Air Force

    Colonel Norman Minne

    Colonel Norman Minne, Senior Staff Officer Combat, Operational Systems, Air Command, South African Air Force

  • Advanced training in South Africa
  • Training on the Hawk
  • A look to the future of training
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 International Fighter Training in Canada

    Lieutenant Colonel Kurt J Saladana

    Lieutenant Colonel Kurt J Saladana, Chief of Staff, 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Department of National Defence, Canada

  • International requirements
  • Training challenges
  • Assets and capabilities
  • The way ahead
  • 11:40 Alenia Aermacchi: M-311 and M-346. A challenging Training Philosophy

    Dr Umberto Rossi

    Dr Umberto Rossi, Vice President, International Sales, Alenia Aermacchi

  • The Training Philosophy 
  • The M-311 Integrated Training System
  • The M-346 Integrated Training System
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Romanian Air Force Training

    Colonel Laurian Anastasov

    Colonel Laurian Anastasov, Commander, MiG-21 Squadron, Romanian Air Force

  • The Mig-21 modernisation programme
  • A look at the Romanian multi-role fighter
  • Advanced combat training systems
  • 14:30 Advanced Jet Training in the US Navy

    Commander Mark McLaughlin

    Commander Mark McLaughlin, Assistant Chief of Staff for Training, Chief of Naval Air Training, US Navy

  • Training undergraduate pilots for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
  • Selecting the right aviator
  • Capability based training
  • Balancing time, cost and quality across the training continuum
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT)

    Colonel David E Petersen

    Colonel David E Petersen, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, US Air Force

  • Enhancing standardization and interoperability through joint training
  • Meeting multinational requirements of training
  • Challenges and requirements
  • 16:20 Advanced Jet Training in the Royal Air Force

    Squadron Leader Ed Thomas

    Squadron Leader Ed Thomas, OC C Flight 19 (R) Squadron, RAF Valley, UK

  • Advanced training in the RAF
  • Changes implemented to Phase 3 and 4 training
  • A look to the future of training
  • 17:00 Spanish Air Force Advanced Training Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Carlos De Palma Arrabal

    Lieutenant Colonel Carlos De Palma Arrabal, Air Staff, Plans Division, Spanish Air Force

  • Training challenges
  • Assets and capabilities
  • Future requirements and capabilities
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Sir Colin Terry

    Sir Colin Terry, Former President, Royal Aeronautical Society

    9:10 Training on the F-22 Raptor – A US Perspective

    Colonel William H Mott V

    Colonel William H Mott V, Commander, 325th Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, US Air Force

  • Advanced flight training and converting to the F-22
  • Raptor capabilities
  • F-22 mission trainers
  • 9:50 T-38 Talon Training Programme

    Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Perrilloux

    Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Perrilloux, Commander, 560th Flying Training Squadron, US Air Force

  • Overview of the T-38 training in the US
  • Pilot Instructor Training (PIT)
  • Training T-38 Instructors
  • Supersonic jet training
  • Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) in the US
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Embedded Training Solutions for the Next Generation Air Warrior

    Yariv  Lavi

    Yariv Lavi, Marketing Director, BVR Systems

  • Next generation air warrior training needs
  • Air to air training and air to ground training
  • Situation awareness training
  • Joint coalition training
  • New debriefing tools – accelerating the learning curve
  • The BVR solution
  • 11:30 European Onboard Training

    • European onboard training
    • In-flight simulation systems
    • Current status Joint forces training - the  vision
    • Eurofighter ACMI future  capabilities
    • Interoperability
    • Debriefing aids

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Erwin Fischer

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Erwin Fischer, Head of Marketing, Missile Systems Division, Air Training Systems , Diehl BGT Defence

    Oded Efrati

    Oded Efrati, Head of Business Development, Training & Simulation Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. - MLM Division

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Simulation vs In-Flight Training

    Michel Keuning

    Michel Keuning, Senior ICT Engineer, National Aerospace Laboratories (NLR)

  • Solutions on how to provide a context and to train fighter pilot competencies
  • A look at simulation and embedded training and experience from the Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Experience from E-Cats Embedded training. BVR- WVR
  • Intelligent Training Aircrafts
  • Competency based fighter training
  • 14:00 A Look at the New Common Data Debriefing Tool

    Rudi Woodward

    Rudi Woodward, Chief, Range Instrumentation Requirements Division, Air Combat Command, US Air Force

  • Importance of an interoperable debriefing tool for training for the US and International Air Forces
  • Debriefing within coalitions 
  • Improving international interoperability
  • Challenges of interoperability
  • 14:40 High-G Training for Military Aircrew

    Wing Commander Nic Green

    Wing Commander Nic Green, Centre of Aviation Medicine, Royal Air Force, UK

  • Risk management in operational environments – deployable solutions
  • Hi fidelity simulation for enhanced situational awareness
  • Night vision compatible solutions and training methodologies
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Human Factors Training Required for Fighter Pilots in the RAF

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft, OC Human Factors Training Sqadron, Central Flying School, Royal Air Force

  • Development and evaluation of performance
  • Human factors training
  • Current human factors training for student fighter pilots
  • 16:20 ATFS-400 Authentic Tactical Fighting System and Realistic Air Combat Training

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Rick Peacock-Edwards , Military Training Advisor to ETC, ETC (Europe)

    • Centrifuge-based motion training systems
    • Decreasing dependence on High G environment and training
    • Integrating physical stresses in an authentic virtual learning environment and preparation for actual flying in training events
    • Use of simulation to reduce training costs

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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


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