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New for 2012! SMi is proud to announce its Military Flight Training symposium to be held in London on Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th September 2012. A strong addition to the defence portfolio, this event will build on the success of SMi’s Joint Forces Simulation and Training and Air Mission Planning events to provide an innovative and unique forum for discussion and analysis of Military Flight Training. This event boasts a strong and well balanced speaker line up drawn from around the world delivering practical insight and experience of flight training techniques and procedures.

This year’s programme will cover sessions on; Human Factors – Performance and Limitations, Tactical Training and Mission Planning, Weapons Training, Nightvision Training, Simulation and Simulators, Jet & Fighter Training, Helicopter Training, instructor Training, Formation Flying and Formation Command. These topics and sessions are designed to provide a thorough and focused overview of the Military Flight Training field and to provoke discussion, debate and analysis during the question and answer sessions following each presentation. Come prepared with the key questions you want answering!


The two day event will offer strong opportunities for delegates to network with leading military figures, defence organisations and industry representatives. The speaker panel is comprised of experts with current practical experience within the field. They provide cutting-edge insight based on their current activities and programmes as well as what they will be involved with in future and how lessons are being learned and new challenges adapted to.


  • HEAR presentations of practical experiences and challenges faced by key speakers involved in Military Flight Training
  • ANALYSE how different organisations and nations provide flight training – what can be shared and learned between nations
  • DISCUSS the positives and negatives of full mission simulation versus part task training
  • DEVELOP your understanding of night vision and night vision goggle training
  • LEARN the intricacies of jet and fighter training
  • EVALUATE instructor training and maximisation of performance and growth
  • STRATEGISE for air tactics and weapons training
  • UNDERSTAND human factors. How do communications and performance limitation affect training? How are these challenges overcome and learned from?
  • NETWORKwith key industry professionals

 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

Agusta Westland; Airbus Military ; Algerian Embassy; Austrian MoD; BAE Systems; Bohemia Interactive; Business Development; CAE Military Simulation & Training Division; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Georgia; Embassy Of Greece; Embassy of Mexico; Embassy Of The Republic Of Korea; Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Embassy of Ukraine; ETC (Europe); ETC Europe; ETSA; European Air Group; European Defence Agency; Halldale Media Group; High Commission of India; Institute for Creative Technologies; Italian Air Staff; Lockheed Martin; Military Academy / TRADOK / Norwegian Army; Ministry of Defence, UK; MoD; RAF; RAF Leeming; RAF Shawbury; RAF Valley; Royal Air Force; Royal Air Force, UK; Royal Netherland Army Command; Royal Netherlands Army; SELEX Galileo; Selex Galileo spA; Spanish Embassy; Speakers in Command ; Swedish Air Force; Thales UK; The Boeing Company; Uk Trade And Investment; UKTi DSO;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rick Peacock-Edwards

Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, Environmental Tectonics Corporation

9:10 UKMFTS Programme Update

Air Commodore Mark Hopkins

Air Commodore Mark Hopkins, Head of Air Capability , Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Programme Vision
  • The Requirement to Change
  • Programme Update
  • Fixed Wing Training
  • Rotary Wing Training
  • 9:30 Establishment of a Performance Coaching Scheme in a Military Flying Training System

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft, OC Human Factors Training Squadron, Royal Air Force

  • 5 Year Trial and Results
  • Design and Development of Coaching Course and Coach Training Course
  • Course Overview & Current Situation
  • 10:10 Morning Coffee

    10:30 EDA Multinational Helicopter Training Programmes

    Andrew Gray

    Andrew Gray, Helicopter Projects Manager, European Defence Agency

  • Experiences and results
  • Cooperation between member states – active participants
  • Training for joint deployment on allied military operations and development
  • Budget restraints and considerations
  • 11:10 The Defence Helicopter Flying School Programme

    Captain Paul Shawcross

    Captain Paul Shawcross, Commandant, RAF Shawbury

  • Formal classroom instruction
  • Flight & Simulator tactical training
  • Comprehensive weapons employment training and training requirements
  • Adapting to the combat environment
  • Transfer to live flight and deployment
  • 11:50 Interactive Panel Discussion

    Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, Environmental Tectonics Corporation

    Ned Kelly

    Ned Kelly, Aviation Solutions, BAE SYSTEMS

    Andrew Gray

    Andrew Gray, Helicopter Projects Manager, European Defence Agency

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Partnering to Deliver Tailored Military Flight Training

    Ned Kelly

    Ned Kelly, Aviation Solutions, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Establishing the Capability
  • Commercial Arrangements and Responsibilities
  • Customer and Contractor relationships – making it work
  • The Regulatory Umbrella
  • 14:10 The Future of Combat Pilot Training Today: The Hawk T2 in RAF Service

    Wing Commander Kevin Marsh

    Wing Commander Kevin Marsh, Officer Commanding IV Squadron, RAF

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 The RAVEN training Programme

    Lieutenant Colonel Pieter Mink

    Lieutenant Colonel Pieter Mink, Airworthiness and Flight Safety Officer, Royal Netherlands Army

  • How training for the RAVEN has set standards for future programmes
  • Pilot selection and securing live flying time
  • Current and future operations within NLD airspace
  • 15:50 The Scan Eagle Training Programme

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller, Chief, Quality Management UAS's, Royal Netherland Army Command

  •  Current training challenges and future solutions
  • The composition of the training groups
  • Why the ScanEagle: capabilities and changes to the training regime


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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, Environmental Tectonics Corporation

    9:10 How Accurately can Gaming Software be used for Training?

    Dr. Randall Hill

    Dr. Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

  • Overview of serious game technology and capability
  • Commercial games and military applications
  • Implications for training and combat
  • Portraying complex, fast-changing scenarios
  • Flight and mission simulation
  • 9:50 Gaming and Other Disruptive Technologies in Support of Flight Training

    Colin Hillier

    Colin Hillier, Business Director, Bohemia Interactive

  • How game technologies are successfully being deployed in support of flight training, including:
  • Case studies of successful games for flight training
  • Why disruptive technologies are important for this domain
  • An alternate future for military flight simulators
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An Overview of World Flight Simulation

    Wing Commander Ian Strachan (Retd)

    Wing Commander Ian Strachan (Retd), Editor, ETSA

  • Statistics - numbers of military simulators worldwide
  • Military Simulation - special features - training when deployed, transportable simulators
  • Costs - Justification, training costs Aircraft v Simulator
  • Procurement - Conventional & PFI / PPP
  • Embedded Training - use of lower-cost aircraft with simulations of radar, weapons etc
  • The Future
  • 11:40 High-G Training for Military Aircrew

    Wing Commander Nic Green

    Wing Commander Nic Green, Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF

  • Risk management in operational environments – deployable solutions
  • Hi fidelity simulation for enhanced situational awareness
  • Night vision compatible solutions and training methodologies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 A Fourth Generation Training Philosophy - Pilot Training in the Swedish Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson, Commander, 7th Wing, Swedish Air Force

  • The transformation of the SwAF training philosophy
  • The concept of training without stress
  • Experience from international Gripen training
  • The way forward
  • 14:30 Utilizing Simulators, Educating Officers for the Future Battlefield

    Major Roar Wold

    Major Roar Wold, Senior Instructor Tactics and Simulation, Norwegian Army Military Academy

  • Experiences concerning the use of game-based simulators at the Norwegian Army Military Academy
  • Walking a mile in another mans shoes, how technology and sims can be used to train Joint Operations on lower levels
  • Simulation as a part of Advanced Distributed Learning
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Interactive Panel Discussion: Is simulation training more effective than the development of a instructor-student relationship?

    Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, Environmental Tectonics Corporation

    Colin Hillier

    Colin Hillier, Business Director, Bohemia Interactive

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson, Commander, 7th Wing, Swedish Air Force

    16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Aircraft Maintenance Training: A 3D Simulation Based Solution

    Aircraft Maintenance Training: A 3D Simulation Based Solution

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    18th September 2012
    London, United Kingdom

    Serious Gaming Technology Applications for Military Flight Training

    Serious Gaming Technology Applications for Military Flight Training

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    18th September 2012
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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

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