Now in its 10th year, SAE Media Group’s Fighter Training conference is a must attend for users and experts connected with advanced fighter pilot training. The event will explore the latest country specific training programmes, updates of key technologies and outline tactical training for operations.

In this fast paced enviroment, it is crucial for fighter training programmes to prepare pilots for the challenges of the modern battlefield. Attend and gain the most up-to-date overview of international training methods and techniques. Gain the tools to meet your organisational requirements.


  • Assess the latest training programmes from JSF nations
  • Explore the merits of fighter training programmes in use to prepare pilots for operations 
  • Discuss next generation fighters and the training requirements.
  • Examine the most-up-to-date technologies, methods and requirements for training. Hear a special presentation from RAF AIR Command on team and collective MTDS training.
  • Analyse Unmanned Aerial Vehicle training and contemplate if they can replace manned aircraft
  • Aircrew Training Managers
  • Programmes Training Managers
  • Test Pilots
  • Training Squadrons
  • Head of Training School
  • Combat Air Branch Chief
  • Systems Engineer
  • International Air Forces
  • International Ministries of Defence

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Sir Colin Terry

Sir Colin Terry, Chairman, Engineering Council, UK


Major Andrea Truppo

Major Andrea Truppo, Commander of 20th Squadron, Operational Command Unit Eurofighter, Italian Air Force

  • Selecting and preparing pilots
  • Creating a realistic training environment for pilots
  • Lessons learned based on operational experiences with the Eurofighter
  • Human factors in the Italian Air Force
  • Future training evolution

    Wing Commander Bob Young

    Wing Commander Bob Young, SO1 Synthetic Training, AIR Command, Royal Air Force, UK

  • The relevance of targeted fidelity multi-player simulation
  • MTDS and complex mission planning
  • Training assets and capabilities
  • Information sharing and interoperability with USA
  • What is the future potential?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Programme (ENJJPT) – An Update

    Colonel Dan Torweihe

    Colonel Dan Torweihe, Vice Wing Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, US Air Force

  • Overview of activities at ENJJPT in the last year
  • Advantages offered to the pilot
  • Challenges encountered and overcome
  • Future insights
  • 11:40 Performance Coaching for Fast Jet Pilots

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft

    Squadron Leader Adrian Rycroft, OC Human Factors Training Sqadron, Royal Air Force, UK

  • Overview of the 4 year trial and the implementation of a cutting edge training initiative
  • Training and development during the 4 year trial
  • Meeting the requirements
  • Assess and taking into account the human factors for student pilots
  • Lessons learned for future training
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Hungarian Air Force Fighter Training

    Brigadier General Nandor Kilian

    Brigadier General Nandor Kilian, , Hungarian Air Force

  • Selecting and training the aviator
  • New technologies being used
  • Creating and maintaining national and multi-national training partnerships
  • Next generation fighters and training methods
  • 14:30 Targo™ for Training Enhancement

    Yaron Kranz

    Yaron Kranz, Senior Director, Research and Development, Elbit Systems - Aerospace

  • Provide new tools for training capabilites:
  • Improve and extend download capabilities
  • Efficient training packages for:
  • Pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight
  • Provide enhanced realistic training quality
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The Swedish Training Philosophy: Positive Pressure Instead of Stress

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Persson, Commander, 7th Wing, Swedish Air Force

  • Background - The Swedish Air Force in the 1960's
  • The transformation
  • The concept of training without stress
  • A fourth generation training philosophy - meeting the Gripen fighter training challenges
  • The way forward
  • 16:20 Advanced Training for Fighter Pilots in the Spanish Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Jesus Caballero Calzada

    Lieutenant Colonel Jesus Caballero Calzada, 23rd Wing, Spanish Fighter School

  • Specific training procedures and developments
  • Eurofighter production aircraft – Selection and training for the Tranche 2
  • Training for the F-5, Mirage F-1, F-18 and EF-2000
  • Integration of the Laser Designator Pod (LDP), Paveway IV and EGBU-16
  • Overcoming challenges – Making sure the training meets the requirements
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS)


  • Modernisation and transformation programme – An update
  • Training with the Gripen
  • How is the training being delivered? Mission simulators, computer based training systems, logistics and ground support
  • Future evolution
  • Musa Mbhokota

    Musa Mbhokota, Second in Charge 2 Squadron, Air Force Base Makhado, South African Air Force

    Eugene Hossell

    Eugene Hossell, Centralised Training Centre Manager, 85 Combat FS, South African Air Force

    9:50 USAF - An Operational Training Update

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Biorn

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Biorn, Assistant Director of Operations, 560th Flying Training Squadron, US Air Force

  • Front line training adapted to an operational environment
  • Achieving optimum results with limited sorties
  • Technological application for habit pattern development
  • Lessons learned and moving forward
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Flight Training for Operations - A Canadian Update

    Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Saladana

    Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Saladana, NATO Flying Training Canada Chief of Staff, Department of National Defence, Canada

  • Simulated and structured training put into operational practice – How far can the training take you?
  • Assessing the human factor and understanding the aviators
  • New technology in use – Saving time and maintaining effectiveness
  • Training methods learned from operations
  • Future training techniques and requirements
  • 11:40 Strategic Planning - US Navy Jet Training

    Captain Andrew Hartigan

    Captain Andrew Hartigan, Programme Manager, Undergraduate Training, US Navy

  • Transformation of US Navy Training Platforms
  • Emerging training requirements - JSF, EA-18G, P-8
  • Continuity of digital cockpit training
  • Optimization of training systems and costs
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 UKMFTS – One Year On

    Martin Waring

    Martin Waring , Head of Training Integration , Ascent Programme, UK

  • Looking at the status of the UKMFTS programme one year after contract signing
  • Progress of the Advanced Jet Trainer element of the programme at RAF Valley
  • Progress in training design
  • 14:30 P5 Combat Training System (CTS)

    Rudi Woodward

    Rudi Woodward, Chief, Range Instrumentation Requirements Division, Air Combat Command, US Air Force

  • Programme update and review for 2009
  • Current capabilities and status – In the field
  • Interoperability and information sharing with NATO nations
  • Integration update with next generation fighters
  • Future systems capabilities
  • 15:10 T-38 Talon Training – 2009 Review

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Biorn

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Biorn, Assistant Director of Operations, 560th Flying Training Squadron, US Air Force

  • Updates and developments for 2009
  • Advanced jet training syllabus and methodology changes
  • Lessons learned - How have the training methods for instructors changed (PIT)?
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea



    Air Force Instructional Design

    Air Force Instructional Design

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    2 June 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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