WATS 2016

WATS 2016

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Helicopter Training Conference Proceedings

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WATS 2016 Conference Chair: Chris Lehman, Editor-in-Chief, CAT Magazine

Moderator: Rick Adams

Day 1 – Tuesday 19th April 2016

Session 1 - Opening Remarks and Keynote Addresses (all conference tracks)

1) Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator
2) Earl Weener, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) → PDF
Session 2 – The Opening Act: Industry Thought Leadership - Next Generation Training Needs (all conference tracks)
1) Captain David Owens, Senior Director, Flight Crew Training Policy & Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Head of Training, Airbus
2) Captain Torbjorn Wischer, Global Leader Training Strategy, CAE
Session 3  Safety 2.0 – What’s Next?

Nick Mayhew, Commercial Programs Manager & EASA Head of Training, Bristow Academy, representing the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)
The Zero Accident Marathon - Training for the Win → PDF
Session 4 – Evolving Excellence

1) Gordon Harwell, Lead Check Airman and Instructor, PHI, Inc.
2) Joel Flinois, Helicopter Simulation Product Line Manager, Thales Training & Simulation
Helicopter Training Academies: A Solution to Improve Pilot Training → PDF


Day 2 – Wednesday 20th April 2016

Session 5 - Brain Training for Pilots
1) Jerry Bresee, Director, Federal Services, Training Systems Division, Allen Corporation & Glen Dimock, Principal Engineer, Frasca International, Inc.
2) Christian Müller, Accountable Manager, Next Generation Flight Training GmbH
3) Francois Lasalle, Operations Director, HeliOffshore
Global Collaboration, Frontline Results
Session 6A - Driving Safety Through the Next Generation

• Rotorcraft CFI Special Emphasis Program Workshop
This is a USHST Training Working Group initiative and is the fourth in a series of workshops conducted in partnership with the Orlando FSDO and their FAASTeam to give prospective, new and existing rotorcraft CFIs safety information and tools to improve as instructors. The FAASTeam will provide feedback on weaknesses observed in CFI check rides across central Florida. → PPTX

- Nick Mayhew, Commercial Programs Manager & EASA Head of Training, Bristow Academy
- Philipp Wynands, FAA Chief Flight Instructor, Bristow Academy
- Bob Jex, FAASTeam Lead, Orlando FSDO, FAA
- Gregory Gosnell, Titusville Campus Manager, Bristow Academy
Session 6B – Rotortech & The New-Gen

1) John D. Lambert, Senior Vice President, Nexutech, LLC
Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry → PDF
2) James Takats, Senior Vice President, Global Simulation and Training Strategy, TRU Simulation + Training
3) Conor McKenna, Co-Founder & CEO, CrewFactors
Accelerating CRM Training in Digital Natives → PDF
Session 6C – Getting Airborne

1) Randy Rowles, President, Helicopter Institute, Inc.
Operational Decision Making ... Life After Flight Training → PDF 
2) Glen Dimock, Principal Engineer, Frasca International, Inc.
Oscillations, Milliseconds, and Spatial Awareness: Research on Expanding the Scope of FTDs for Rotary-Wing Training → PPTX
3) Rick Adams, Chief Perspectives Officer, AeroPerspectives
The Evolving Rotary Training Market → PDF 

Day 3 – Thursday 21st April 2016

Session 7 – Simulation Technology Update (all conference tracks)

2) Justin Knaplund, Senior Staff Display Systems Engineer, FlightSafety International, Visual Systems
3) Tobe Ehmann, Simulation & Test Business Development Manager, Americas, Moog
The New Generation of Electric Motion → PDF
Session 8 – Mobile, e-Learning and New Media Insights (all conference tracks)

1) Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario
2) Professor Lori J. Brown, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation
3) Kim Halat, CTO, Avsoft International

Save the Date for WATS 2017
2-4 May 2017, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, USA


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