The 25th edition of the World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) taking place April 18-20, 2023 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida is sure to be a fantastic event. Conference programmes are now being developed for three live conference streams at WATS 2023 where presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on increasing understanding of human performance for this safety critical industry. 

  • International & Domestic/Regional Pilot Training
  • Cabin Crew Training
  • Maintenance Technician Training

To propose a presentation for any of the WATS conference streams above, please click here, complete the online form by Friday 13th January 2023, and provide the following:

  • 250-300 word abstract.
  • A recorded 3 minute video, either of the speaker presenting the abstract or of a previous industry conference presentation.
  • A short biography of the speaker(s), which should include title, position, employer and conference presentation experience.
  • A photo of (each of) the speaker(s).

 Presentation proposals should address an aspect of aviation training and education in one or more of the following broad categories:

  • Airline stability and growth, including pilot hiring, recurrent/retraining, overcoming skills decay and staffing shortages.
  • Training the next generation, including ATOs, diversity, funding, EBT/CBTA/AQP/KSA100/ABLE/MPL, and instructor standardization.
  • Technology enablers, including:
    • AR/MR/VR/XR
    • Big Data/AI/Cloud/Metaverse
  • Human factors and personnel readiness, including cognitive processes, mental health, biometrics/tracking sensors, situational awareness and UPRT.
  • Emergent aviation modes, including advanced air mobility (AAM/eVTOL/UAM) and supersonic.
  • Environmental sustainability, including electric aircraft and green ATO.
  • Business aviation training challenges and solutions.
  • Civil helicopter training challenges and solutions.
  • Cabin crew training challenges and solutions, including unruly pax.
  • Maintenance technician training challenges and solutions.
  • Air traffic management training challenges and solutions.
  • Regulatory challenges and developments.
  • OEMs and Industry Association roles.

WATS is an ‘applied’ conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we will consider summaries of appropriate aviation training and education research projects, particularly if there is international application.

Preference will be given to air carriers and training organizations with real-world training insights, ‘Lessons Learned’ and training ‘solutions and outcomes’ information. In no case will sales presentations be accepted. Presentations must fit into the WATS format, which is 20 minutes maximum, followed by a Q&A period.

Click here to Become a Speaker Now

Contact: Fiona Greenyer, Conference Coordinator