WATS 2017

WATS 2017

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Regional Airline Training Conference


WATS 2017 Conference Chair: Chris Lehman, Editor-in-Chief, CAT Magazine

Moderator: Captain Paul Preidecker, Air Wisconsin 

Day 1 – Tuesday 2nd May 2017
0900-1000  Session 1 - Opening Remarks and Keynote Addresses (all conference tracks)
1) Christopher A. Hart, Member, National Transportation Safety Board
2) Captain Miguel Marin, Acting Chief, Operational Safety Section, ICAO
The Future of ICAO PANS-TRG
1000-1100  Coffee
1100-1230  Session 2 – The Opening Act: Perspectives on the Future of Aviation Training (all conference tracks)
1) Captain Torbjorn Wischer, Global Leader Training Strategy, CAE
Data-driven Training Insights
2) Robin Glover-Faure, Vice President Airline Training, L3 Commercial Training Solutions
Total Training Solutions, From Pilot to Aircraft Maintainer 
3) Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Head of Training, Airbus Training Services & Captain Harry Nelson, Executive Ops Advisor to VP Airbus Safety
4) Jin Ho Choi, Deputy Director, Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Korean Government's Policy Model on Pilot Training & Supply 
1230-1400  Lunch
1400-1530  Session 3 - Pilot Supply and New Hire Training Issues (WATS/RATS Pilot)
1) Todd Lisak, Chairman, ALPA National Training Council & Chairman, JetBlue Airways Training Committee & Captain Paul Ryder, Resource Coordinator, Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)
2) Dr. Kevin Corns, Assistant Professor of Aerospace, Middle Tennessee State University
3) Karina Mesarosova, Managing Director, KM Flight Research and Training
1530-1615  Coffee
1615-1745  Session 4 - Regulatory and Professional Environments (WATS/RATS Pilot)

1) Robert Burke, Manager Air Carrier Training Systems and Voluntary Safety Programs Branch (AFS-280), FAA
FAA Initiatives and Regulatory Update
2) Dennis Crider, Chief Technical Advisor Vehicle Simulation, NTSB
3) Dr. Kenneth Byrnes, Assistant Dean, College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
The Key to Professionalism in Aviation 

Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd May 2017
0900-1030  Session 5 – Regional Airline Update: Advancing the Industry (RATS Pilot)
1) Paul Preidecker, Chief Flight Instructor, Air Wisconsin Airlines
Leading Future Success by Managing Present Day Challenges 
2) Barbara Adams, Program Analyst, Federal Aviation Administration
3) Susan Parson, Special Assistant, FAA Flight Standards Service
1030-1115  Coffee
1115-1245  Session 6A – Managing Beyond the Status Quo: Perspectives on Supply and Demand (RATS Pilot)
1) Joan Williams, Chair of the Board, Ottawa Aviation Services
2) Michael E. Wiggins, Ed.D. Chair, Aeronautical Science Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3) Captain C.W. “Bill” Connor, Ph.D., Human Factors and Safety Consultant & Captain Peter Dunn, Aviation Training Consultant
1245-1415  Lunch
1415-1545  Session 6B – Training Strategies for an Evolving Demographic (RATS Pilot)
1) Mike Suckow, Associate Professor of Practice, School of Aviation & Transportation Technology, Purdue University & Alex Osleger, Director of Operations, Republic Airways
2) Shayne Daku, Assistant Professor, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota
3) Lori J. Brown, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation
1545-1630  Coffee
1630-1800  Session 6C – Leveraging Data to Support Safety (RATS Pilot)
1) John Gronlund, Director, Flight Operations, Porter Airlines
2) Captain Sean Noel, FOQA & LOSA Program Analyst, Envoy Air
3) Captain Jon Dodd, Captain, Horizon Air

Day 3 – Thursday 4th May 2017
0900-1030  Session 7 – S&T Technology Future Trends Outlook (all conference tracks)
1) Brad Southwick, Principal Engineering Manager, Rockwell Collins
Visual System Technologies for Immersive Training Environments 
2) Michael S. French, Chief Operating Officer, LSI, Inc.
3) Joel Flinois, Helicopter Simulation Product Line Manager, Thales Training & Simulation
Virtual Reality: A New Dimension for Helicopter Simulation 
1030-1115  Coffee
1115-1245  Session 8 – Special Panel: Harnessing the Power of New Learning Environments (all conference tracks)
Special panel led by Dr. Suzanne Kearns, will focus on the key strategies that are known to increase learning and retention. Panelists will offer specific examples from their own operational backgrounds and research.  
Panelists will include:
Captain Ken Shrum, Head of Training - Americas, Boeing Flight Services
Dr. Kenneth Byrnes, Assistant Dean, College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Captain Amit Singh, Consultant
Lori J. Brown, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation 

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