Kyle Crooks

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Kyle Crooks

Organisation: AVT Simulation

Job Title: President

Kyle has extensive experience in executive managment of engineering, program management, business development, product assurance, product marketing, operations and aerospace defense. He served in the United States Air Force and USAF Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel responsible for the Eastern Range Launch Facilities at Cape Canaveral and is a graduate of Florida State University, obtaining both a Bachelor's and Master's degree of Computer Science before receiving his Engineering Certification through the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of University of North Carolina Kennan-Flagler Business School's Executive Leadership Program. 

Currently, Kyle is the President of AVT Simulation in Orlando, Florida. As such, he is responsible for the company's profit and loss positions and execution of their military and international commercial defense contracts. AVT Simulation is the prime contractor on multiple large Army contracts supporting PEOSTRI and the warfighters as well as performing subcontract work for all the services. 



Military Collective Training Techniques for Commercial Helicopter Pilots 

Helicopter flight training provides pilots with individual skills necessary for the operation of the aircraft. The acquisition of pilot training skills resulting in licensing does not necessarily equate with the operational skills necessary for high stress event environments. Individual training is one step in the path leading to effective cross-team coordination. Aviation collective training links helicopter pilots' individual skills to joint objective effectiveness. In other words, it ensures existing pilots understand how to operate, coordinate, and anticipate actions in a multi-aircraft, multi-aircraft type, and multi-purpose high stress event environment.

The military uses collective training for mission preparation with various aircraft types contributing to the overall success or failure of the mission. They have invested over a billion dollars in this training technique due to the importance of first pass success in life and death multi-national and multi-organizational conflicts. However, the lines between high stress military events and high stress civilian events has been blurring more and more since 9/11 as the city, state, and national response teams address more frequent terrorist threats, react to additional terrorist events, and coordinate across more agencies and organizations for their responses to natural disasters. These high stress events have appeared to increase in lethality and complexity while also including a greater variety of aircraft types in the handling of these events. 

This presentation will describe military collective training and argue that the commercial community should consider similar techniques (even if scaled down) for preparation and planning of various types of high stress events including wild fires, bombings, search and rescue, tsunami, and other natural and man-made disasters.


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