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APATS 2017 - Call for Papers

Posted Tue 21st Feb 2017 | Airline


14th Annual Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium

29-30 August 2017

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Submission Deadline - 30th April 2017

The Journal for Civil Aviation Training (CAT) is now accepting presentation abstracts for Asia's largest and most influential aviation training conference. A limited number of speaker slots are available at this 14th APATS event, which will be held August 29 and 30th, 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Looking at the industry after a very successful year in 2016, we can all be proud of the safety statistics and commercial and financial successes, even with the negative impact in some countries of terrorist activities.

The aviation industry continues to deal with enormous growth prospects, while embracing new aircraft technologies and dealing with a challenging business environment. This is especially true in Asia, which still has the strongest growth rate in the world. 

Last year we focused on best practices and sharing information between all stakeholders in order to improve safety. 

This year we would like to continue sharing best practices, but more targeted on how we can cope with the continuous expansion and limited resources available.

The focus will be on how to prepare for the changes that technology, demographics, regulatory environments and our increasing knowledge of human performance will bring to the simulation and training sector.

It is therefore appropriate that the overall theme of APATS 2017 is:

A Critical Safety-Driven Industry Prepares for the Future

Conference programmes are now being developed for two conference streams:

  • Air Carrier Pilot Training
  • Cabin Crew Training
For each of the conference tracks, presentation proposals should address an aspect of aviation training and education in one of the following broad categories:
  • New hire issues and personnel supply and demand
  • Diverse aviation workforces and developing positive training cultures
  • Competency and evidence-based training
  • Instructional techniques and training ROI
  • Simulation technology update and insights
  • Aviation system safety and security
  • Training for new aircraft technologies
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS) and human factors
  • International and national licensing, compliance and regulatory issues
  • Mobile, gaming and eLearning technologies in training
  • Air carrier simulation and training "lessons learned" and incident de-briefs
To propose a presentation for either of the APATS conference streams, please send a maximum 300 word abstract before 30 April 2017.
Submissions should include:
  • The working title of the proposed presentation
  • Your full email and postal address
  • Up to 300 word abstract
  • A short biography of the speaker and conference presentation experience
Please title your email "APATS 2017 ABSTRACT" and submit to Jacques Drappier, Conference Chair, at Copy should also be sent to Fiona Greenyer at Authors of accepted speaker proposals will be notified on or before 15 June, 2017.
APATS is an "Applied" conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we will consider summaries of appropriate aviation training and education resource projects, particularly if there is international application.
Preference will be given to air carriers and training organisations with real world training insights, "Lessons Learned" and training "solutions and outcomes" information. In no case will sales presentations be accepted. With the exception of planned breakouts or working groups, actual presentations must fit into the APATS format, which is 20 minutes maximum, 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 APATS 2017, please visit
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