From the moment we embarked on planning EATS 2021, we knew it was going to be a challenge. Months in the making, navigating ever-changing covid restrictions, regulations, and our exhibitor and delegate geographic locations always had the potential to throw the event into disarray at any moment.

As any event planner knows, the time and effort which goes into preparing a conference and exhibition is significant. But even attending this year was challenging. Our speakers and exhibitors had to plan and navigate all the covid hurdles to deliver presentations, booths, materials, and more – it's most definitely a team effort for everyone involved. 

We were therefore immensely pleased and grateful that so many members of our community made the effort to join us, and appreciate the feedback you have sent us after the event. We asked you what you thought of EATS 2021, and are pleased to share some of the insights and results of this, the first live in-person event in Europe since 2019.

Thank you all for your feedback!


Who went?

702 attendees from 61 airlines (including air taxi and SAR operators), 70 aviation academies/ATO/FTO’s.


How did you find out about EATS?

Over half of you heard about EATS via our email outreach. If you haven’t signed up to hear about future events, you can register here.

Over 50% of you have joined us before!


Why did you go?

    To learn from the conference programme                                              
    To meet existing contacts or peers                                                        
    To meet new contacts/networking                                                         
    To hear particular speakers                                                                    
    To meet suppliers                                                                                 
    To inform my organization or myself about purchasing decisions             
    To promote myself or my organization                                                    


How did you rate your EATS overall experience?

    Excellent 32%
    Good 57%
    Above average 11%


What topics would you like to see covered at future events?

  • Competency based DG training and assessment
  • From cabin crew point of view other topics than CRM and SEP would be beneficial for example First Aid, Dangerous Goods for cabin crew and Security.
  • Theory training for pilots Electric driven aircraft
  • More on VR/XR
  • FSTD´s and their role in decreasing costs for flight training, as well as, how EASA plans to keep up with the pace of new technologies x rulemaking.
  • New EASA legislation, innovative training methods, EBT/CBTA
  • Implementation from atqp to ebt
  • Reality-based cabin crew training with high fidelity training equipment
  • More Ab-initio training topics/speakers
  • Continue with how VR will fit into the training space
  • New simulator technology
  • Digitization of learning in industry and regulations around it
  • Continued focus on how to pull useful insights from data


What is the biggest single business challenge at this time?

  • Covid-19 and recovery
  • How to use technology to deliver a blended learning solution
  • Effective EBT implementation
  • Getting the messages across to the right audiences in light of all current challenges.
  • Enhance aviation training, adapted to new generation of students


Will you be joining us next year?

95% of you are coming back to the Estrel, Berlin on 8-9 November 2022 – we look forward to seeing you, SAVE THE DATE!

If you are still considering whether or not to register then please have a look at the responses from those who were in Berlin this year and see what benefit attending can have on your business.

"As a software provider, the overall need for digitalization in training and qualification management was a hot topic and the increasing demand for digital learning platforms and related tools. The Halldale aviation training events, including WATS, APATS, and the European-focused EATS, are a “must-do” for us as a market-leading TMS provider. These conferences provide a networking and information platform for leading aviation training managers and are one of the cornerstones of our global product promotion and marketing strategy.”

Frank Hugger

Director of Sales and Marketing

MINT Software Systems

“EATS 2021 proved to be an enlightening and productive meeting place for the aviation industry. There was a new buzz of enthusiasm throughout the symposium with industry experts sharing their experiences and knowledge. The attendance this year certainly gave me the reassurance that commercial flight is on the road to recovery with the airlines and professionals excited to be part of the journey.”

Lee Whittaker

Head of Sales, EDM 

“We are extremely happy to have participated in EATS 2021. We had the opportunity to meet with clients and future clients for the first time in 2 years, which is valuable to our business. The team and the coordination of the event was amazing. EATS is essential to the growth and sustainability of the pilot training industry and we will not miss the next one!”


"As the aviation industry is emerging from the worldwide slowdown, it has been tremendously refreshing to reconnect with so many familiar faces as well as new ones during EATS.

Having had more than 20 meetings within 2 days, it was such a pleasure for the Bolverk XR team to experience again the face-to-face feeling & excitement that we have missed for too long during this pandemic.

Furthermore, having one of our main customers presenting our VR drills live at the cabin crew conference, was a great experience for both of us as well as for the audience. 

Thanks to the Halldale team for organizing such an awesome event again, making us exhausted with daily 10 hours standing at our booth and demoing our VR products - but with such a good feeling of enthusiasm & success from all airline representatives! 

We are looking forward to the next event with Halldale at WATS to finally meet our American customers again."

Christophe Nagy

Bolverk XR Sales Director


"As expected, the EATS 2021 was again a great success. The event always guarantees nice people, insightful presentations, and interesting discussions with visitors and exhibitors. Overall a well-organized event. This year it was especially good to be reunited with known contacts, but also to meet new industry leaders. In sum: EATS is delicious. Let’s meet (again) at EATS 2022!"

Arnoud Schmitz


“EATS 2021 was a blast! It’s great to have a live conference again after 18 months of online meetings and events. Halldale succeeded in addressing topics that had something to offer for everyone, both visitors and exhibitors. We look forward to the upcoming Halldale events.”

Wouter Hollenga

Marketing & Sales Officer

Avion Group

“EATS is a great event that brings together many of our existing customers with our future customers!”

Robin Pijnaker,

Managing director of Flame Aviation

"It was such a great pleasure to participate in an outstanding event like EATS! The conference was quite informal and useful, the exhibition was also exceptional and the attendees' number exceeded our expectations.

We were so happy to finally meet everyone in person.

Thank you Halldale Team for making it happen!"