WATS 2016

WATS 2016

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Regional Airline Training Conference Proceedings

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

Moderator: Captain Paul Preidecker, Air Wisconsin

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 (all conference tracks)
1) Captain David Owens, Senior Director, Flight Crew Training Policy & Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Head of Training, Airbus

Session 3 – S&T Regulatory Perspectives (WATS/RATS Pilot)
1) Captain Nathalie de Ziegler, Investigating Officer, Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA)
2) Robert Burke, Manager, AFS-280, FAA & Dr. Jeffery Schroeder, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor for Flight Simulation Systems, FAA
Session 4 - Global Pilot Supply and F/O Training Issues (WATS/RATS Pilot)

1) J.R. Starch, Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Flight Operations, US Aviation Group
2) Captain John Weigand, Managing Director - Flight Standards, United Airlines & Dr. Tony Kern, CEO, Convergent Performance, LLC
3) Erfan Chowdhury, Management Consultant, Dassault Falcon Jet
Long Term Implications of Pilot Demand/Supply Facing the Airline Industry  PDF


Day 2- Wednesday 20th April 2016

Session 5 - State of the Regional Airline Industry

1) Jennifer Sunderman, Director, Operations, Safety & Technical Services, Regional Airline Association (RAA)
2) Robert BurkeManager, AFS-280, FAA
3) Nancy R. Shane, Assistant Professor of Aviation, Farmingdale State College

Session 6 - Regional Airline Training Challenges

1) Captain Paul Preidecker, Chief Flight Instructor, Air Wisconsin
2) Captain Paul Kolisch, Manager of Flight Operations Training, Endeavor Air  
3) Kent Lovelace, Professor & Director of Aviation Industry Relations, University of North Dakota (UND)


Partnerships and Solutions – New Training Approaches
- Captain Jim Barbour, Director - Flight Operations Training, ExpressJet Airlines
- Guy Smith, Associate Professor of Graduate Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University & Elizabeth Bjerke Ph.D., Chair & Professor, Department of Aviation, University of North Dakota 
- Arianna Hoffmann, Research Analyst and Pilot Selection Specialist, Human Capital Management & Performance
- Lynne McMullen, Director Business Development, School of Aviation, Seneca College → PDF & Captain Steve Linthwaite, Vice President Flight Operations, Jazz Aviation LP → PDF


Partnerships and Solutions - Keeping the Pipeline Flowing
Moderator: Terry Hibler, Director of Airline Marketing, FlightSafety International

  • Courtney Dennis, Manager of Pilot Recruitment and Hiring, ExpressJet Airlines → PDF
  • Jonathon Reibach, Embraer 175 Training Manager, Envoy Air
  • Brad Tulin, Fleet Manager, PSA Airlines → 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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