Submission Deadline - Monday 16th December 2019

The Journal for Civil Aviation Training (CAT) is now accepting presentation abstracts for the world’s largest and most international aviation training conference. A limited number of speaker slots are available at the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS) 2020, which will be held 28-30 April 2020 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Together with conference content focusing on training technologies, 'best practice' and 'lessons learned' that the industry has come to value from WATS, we will also provide international insights into evolving aviation career paths and the imperative of identifying and developing professionalism in aviation personnel as the industry grapples with demographic challenges and ever-increasing growth.

As ever, targeted conference sessions on the latest global air carrier training issues will be part of WATS 2020, as well as specific insight into the critical role of the instructor - as teacher, mentor, and role model. Across all streams of the conference, presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on dealing with the challenges that technology, evidence, regulatory environments and our increasing knowledge on human performance are bringing to this critical industry.

It is therefore appropriate that the overall theme of WATS 2020 is:

Re-Energizing Training Focus, the Foundation of Aviation Safety

Conference programs are now being developed for these four streams:

• Air Carrier Pilot Training
• Regional Airline Pilot Training
• Cabin Crew Training
• Maintenance Training

For each of the conference tracks, presentation proposals should address an aspect of aviation training and education in one or more of the following broad categories:

  • New hire issues and personnel supply and demand
  • Career management and securing the training pipeline
  • Screening and selection of aviation personnel
  • Instilling positive training cultures and learning environments
  • Competency-based training
  • Evidence-based training
  • Individual-based training
  • ATO perspectives on Initial and Recurrent training
  • Instructional techniques and training ROI
  • Aviation system safety and security
  • Safety management systems (SMS)
  • Aviation human factors
  • Licensing, compliance and regulatory issues
  • Training for new aircraft technologies
  • Airspace modernization
  • Advances in simulation technology
  • Immersive/VR/AR/MR/XR training environments
  • AI/machine learning in aviation training
  • Mobile, gaming and eLearning technologies
  • Air carrier incident "lessons learned"

To propose a presentation for any of the four WATS conference streams, please send a maximum 300-word abstract by 16 December 2019. Abstracts are required to be accompanied by a short biography of the speaker, which should include contact information, title, position and employer, academic background and any conference presentation experience.

Please title your email "WATS 2020 ABSTRACT" and email to Fiona Greenyer, Conference Coordinator at We will notify successful speakers on or before 17 January 2020.

WATS is an "applied" conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we welcome summaries of appropriate aviation training and education research, particularly if there is international application.

Preference will be given to air carriers and training organizations with real world training insights and 'lessons learned' information. In no case will sales presentations be accepted. With the exception of several planned breakouts, actual presentations must fit into the WATS format which is 20 minutes 'as delivered', followed by a Q&A period.

We sincerely thank all those who propose presentations and will endeavour to respond to all submissions.

For more information about WATS 2020, please visit