The Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) returns to Bangkok this year. From September 23-24, the show will explore aviation flight training and simulation from the Asia Pacific region.

The Call for Papers for 2014 has been very successful in eliciting responses to all the topics that were proposed, so the conference will address those current and important subjects, with the overall theme for the conference being ‘Training for Resilience’.

Aviation globally is focussing on what training should really aim for - not only to satisfy the regulatory imperatives, but to embrace a deeper understanding of the operational tasks required. The key word is “Resilience”. Incidents and accidents have shown that not every airborne challenge can be predicted, from time to time the operating crew are faced with unusual circumstances, and these are not necessarily covered in the checklists. Resolving these problems can be achieved through a good situational awareness and, frequently, application of some basic flying skills and principles. Consequently there is a renewed focus on how to reinforce those basic elements and to train crews to, where necessary, adapt to the live event when the formal guidance (check list) does not cover the precise situation.

The wide range of knowledge, both from regional and global experts will bring fresh insights to these challenges and APATS will yet again provide the primary regional arena for both the presentations and debate on these key subjects.

Conference sessions will include:

  • Encouraging a Resilient Culture in an Airline
  • Training a New Generation
  • Upset Avoidance and Recovery Training - Practical Solutions
  • Designing Training Using EBT Principles
  • Expanding Crew and Instructor Competence
Taking a leading role in addressing the challenges to pilot training in Asia, APATS will bring the top level of expertise to share the latest in training wisdom. A wide range of world-renowned experts will give you the hot topics in the industry.


Running alongside the conference, the APATS exhibition offers a unique opportunity for companies to showcase their latest training products and services to the gathered senior aviation training professionals from airlines, regulators and industry, from right across the Asia Pacific region.

Exhibitors at previous APATS exhibitions have included flight, maintenance and cabin crew training providers, training device and simulator manufacturers, software solutions providers, flight schools and aviation academies, aviation universities, language training providers, visual systems and projector companies, mobile training providers and airline and air operator training departments. The most recent initiatives in training systems, devices and providers will be on display from over 50 exhibiting companies at APATS 2014.

APATS is the largest and most widely respected aviation training event in the Asia Pacific region and up to 500 delegates are expected to attend. Both the Conference and Exhibition will trigger discussion and debate, which will continue during the many networking opportunities, including the APATS 2014 Gala Networking Reception hosted by platinum sponsor L-3 Link Simulation & Training. Delegates will have plenty of time to follow up on their queries with speakers and exhibitors, all of whom are happy to share their knowledge and opinions.

APATS will have a slightly less formal feel this year as we suggest that all attendees refrain from wearing ties to reflect a more Asian approach.

Please visit for the latest up-to-date conference programme, as well as further show information. We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok.