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NEW DATES: 4th and 5th October 2021 | Virtual Conference

SMi are proud to present the 9th annual Military Flight Training 2021 VIRTUAL conference.

Military Flight Training aims to comprehensively cover the latest developments in fast jet, rotary, and fixed wing training, as well as national approaches to pilot development and technological advances to synthetic and live training programmes.

As new threats create more challenging and dangerous air operations, and NATO-aligned militaries see increasingly higher operational tempos, flight training and preparation must respond to these developments in order to prepare pilots for dynamic operational environments. This conferences provides the perfect opportunity for flight training professionals to gather and share their experiences to ensure that the pilots of the future are ready to fight and win.

Key Topics Include:

  • Fast-jet training
  • Rotary-wing training
  • Fixed-wing training
  • Synthetic and live training
  • Pilot retention and attrition reduction
  • Immersive technologies for flight training
  • Training platforms

 

Military Flight Training 2021 is an invaluable opportunity to meet world-leading experts in the field of pilot training. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class training officers, solution providers and senior military figures from the UK and abroad.

  • Receive unparalleled insight and access into the world's leading pilot training programmes and initiatives.
  • Meet and network with leaders in pilot training from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking lunches and drinks reception.
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading programme managers.
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of synthetic training, retention and training, gaming technology and more.
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.
     

AATTC, US Air National Guard; Aircontact Group Sweden AB; Army Training And Recruiting Agency; Austrian Air Force; Avidonn Consulting; Babcock Aerospace Ltd; BAE Systems; Brazilian Air Force; CAE; Diamond Aircraft Industries Gmb H; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH; Flight Safety International; Flightsafety; French Air Force; French Embassy in the United Kingdom; GAF Engineering Training Centre; Gelyfan Ltd; General Dynamics Mission Systems; General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada; High Commission of India; Hungarian Defence Forces; Joint Helicopter Command, Army Air Corps; KF Aero/ SkyAlyne Canada; KF Aerospace; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A.; Luftwaffe ( GAF); Marubeni Corporation; Marubeni Europe plc; NATO AIRCOM; OCCAR-EA; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; SAAB Surveillance; Swedish Air Force; Swedish Airforce; The Czech Air Force HQ; Thinke Company Ltd; U.S. Air Force; UAE GHQ; US Air Force Reserve;

Conference programme

9:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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10:00 Raising Military Aviation Training Standards to Enhance Future RAF Operational Capabilities

Group Captain Paul Cole

Group Captain Paul Cole, Assistant Director Plans, Directorate of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
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• Enhancing the RAF’s operational training as it moves towards 5th generation capabilities
• Preparing pilots for operational readiness during international missions
• Overcoming recruitment challenges to ensure the RAF has the necessary human resources for future operations
• Exploring how advanced jet training is utilized to perform the required navigational and formation techniques
• Promoting flight training opportunities amongst cadets

10:40 The Central Flying School: Assuring Excellence in Flying Instruction and Standards of Pure Flying across Defence

Group Captain Martin Higgins

Group Captain Martin Higgins, Commandant Central Flying School, Royal Air Force, Number 22 Group
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• An overview of the CFS including its history, its current role and work on flying training R&D.
• How the CFS supports the UK Military Flying Training System.
• Thoughts on the challenges facing the future of military flight training
 

 

11:20 The International Flight Training School

• The offer
• Added values
• Leonardo/CAE cooperation

Mr Carmine Russo

Mr Carmine Russo, Head Of Sales Engineering, Leonardo
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Mr Peter Eadie

Mr Peter Eadie, Director International Emerging Markets, CAE UK Plc
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12:00 Panel Discussion: The UK Military Flight Training System

• How is the UK MFTS adapting to the digital generation and emerging technologies?
• Procurement: How can the current MFT platforms be enhanced to improve training standards?
• Simulation: where can synthetic training further augment pilot training, and what are its limitations?
• The Royal Air Force of the future: how will operational and technical requirements change and how must we alter training to match this?

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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Group Captain Paul Cole

Group Captain Paul Cole, Assistant Director Plans, Directorate of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
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Group Captain Martin Higgins

Group Captain Martin Higgins, Commandant Central Flying School, Royal Air Force, Number 22 Group
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12:40 Lunch Break

13:10 ETAC: Driving Cooperation Through Advanced Airlifting Training

Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González

Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González , Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre

  • From 2017 founding, development of IOC and work to deliver advanced tactical airlift training
  • Promoting a European strategic culture through ETAC and work with wider partners such as the AATTC
  • Benefits of technology integration and adoption of new training programmes to support airlift capability development
     
  • 13:50 Hungarian Air Force Rotary-Wing Flight Training

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt, H145M Squadron Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
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    • An overview of the versatile H145M Helicopter, allowing for multi-mission systems
    • Digital advantage and increased operational effectiveness for the Hungarian Air Force
    • Training strategies of the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base
    • Case-study: using software to optimise training hours and ensure efficiency

    14:30 19 AF – Executing Air Education and Training’s Flying Training Program

    • An overview of the mission and current capabilities of the Air Education and Training Command’s Flying Training
    • Lessons learned and the way forward for the future of military flight training
    • Pilot Training Next (PTN) and Undergraduate Flying Training (UPT) 2.5
     

    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein

    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein, Deputy Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan "Motor" Riley, Commander Detachment 24, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force
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    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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    9:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    View Bio

    10:00 Swedish Air Force Military Flight Training System

    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Major Michael Rosenquist, Project Manager Military Flight Training System, Swedish Air Force
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  • Latest feedback on the Military Flight Training System project
  • How the MFTS is supporting wider Air Force goals
  • Future outlook for the MFTS
     
  • 10:40 Progress with Simulated Joint Air Land Training

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jonny Ormerod

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jonny Ormerod, Former SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army and Lead Consultant, BZTG Ltd
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  • Developments in use of simulation for Joint Air Land training
  • Enhancements in the simulation of ISTAR assets, weapon target matching and collateral damage
  • Future possibilities for enhanced Joint Air Land training through simulation
  • Lessons learned
  • 11:20 Gaming and Simulation Technology for Flight Training

    Mr Stephen Webley

    Mr Stephen Webley, Lecturer Conflict Studies, Simulation Studies & Applied Psychoanalysis, Staffordshire University
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  • Application of gaming to flight training simulation
  • Latest academic research in the field of simulation
  • Inviting physiological responses to augment training experiences
  • 12:00 Flight Training Simulation in the 21st Century

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd
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  • Trends in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Impact on Military Flight Operations and Training
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • 12:40 Lunch Break

    13:10 Panel Discussion: The Rise of Technology, Gaming and Alternative Methods for Future Flight Training

    • Technology – What are the key simulation platforms and technologies being utilised by flight training programmes?
    • Strategies – How are these synthetic platforms enhancing flight training strategies?
    • The Future – How will these systems adapt the future of military flight training and what should we expect next from this technology?

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd
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    Mr Stephen Webley

    Mr Stephen Webley, Lecturer Conflict Studies, Simulation Studies & Applied Psychoanalysis, Staffordshire University
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    13:50 Enabling the Synthetic Training for Future US Army Pilots

    Colonel Jason Caldwell

    Colonel Jason Caldwell, Director, Directorate of Simulation, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence
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    • An overview of the different types of simulations provided by the Directorate of Simulation – Including rotary-wing, air traffic control, and unmanned aerial systems
    • Maintaining mission readiness with regular training schedules for US Army pilots
    • A word on synthetic versus physical pilot training
    • Challenges and opportunities for future pilot training with the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence

    14:30 Evaluating Mental Workload Using Psycho-Physiological Measures During Helicopter Training

    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore

    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore, Test Pilot Instructor, National Test Pilot School
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  • The process: Information Acquisition, Interface Design and Biofeedback
  • Technology in use
  • Specific analysis of a flight training event
  • Comparative analysis of different events
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones, Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein

    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein

    Deputy Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force
    Colonel Jason Caldwell

    Colonel Jason Caldwell

    Director, Directorate of Simulation, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence
    Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González

    Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González

    Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore

    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore

    Test Pilot Instructor, National Test Pilot School
    Group Captain Martin Higgins

    Group Captain Martin Higgins

    Commandant Central Flying School, Royal Air Force, Number 22 Group
    Group Captain Paul Cole

    Group Captain Paul Cole

    Assistant Director Plans, Directorate of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan "Motor" Riley

    Commander Detachment 24, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    H145M Squadron Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Project Manager Military Flight Training System, Swedish Air Force

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Former Director Flying Training and Military Flying Instructor, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Terry Jones

    Terry Jones has been a Royal Air Force pilot since graduating from RAF Valley in June 1986. With flying and instructional experience on the Tornado, Hawk, Tucano and Prefect, his log book records just over 3000 hours on fast jets and 2000 hours on other types. In a military career spanning 32 years, Terry had the privilege to command: No XIII Squadron at RAF Marham; 904 Expeditionary Air Wing at Kandahar and No 1 Flying Training School, RAF Linton-on-Ouse. Terry retired from the Royal Air Force in May 2015 and spent almost four years as the Principal and CEO of a large Further Education College in Cambridgeshire. In 2019, Terry re-joined the RAF as a Full Time Reservist and currently serves as a QFI on 57 Sqn at RAF Cranwell flying the Grob Prefect. In his spare time, Terry enjoys flying cadets in the Grob Tutor, playing the piano and riding motorbikes

    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein

    Deputy Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force
    Brigadier General Christopher R Amrhein

    Colonel Jason Caldwell

    Director, Directorate of Simulation, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence
    Colonel Jason Caldwell

    Col. Jason C. Caldwell serves as the Director of Simulation for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. He received his commission as an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Director of Simulation at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center (JMSC) in Grafenwohr, Germany. Previous assignments include service as an Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader, Adjutant, & Executive Officer in 1-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR) of the 82nd Airborne Division, Ranger Instructor in 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Company Commander of C Co 1-507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), Company Commander for HHC 1-507th PIR, AC/RC Team Chief for 1-180th IN, 4th Infantry Division Exercise Planner & Knowledge Management Officer, Combat Analyst in the TRADOC Analysis Center - Monterey, and Futures Division Chief & Chief of Operations at the National Simulation Center. Caldwell is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Captains Career Courses, Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Simulation Operations Course (FA57 Qualification), Command & General Staff College, and the Naval War College. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Master of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulations (MOVES) from the Naval Postgraduate School. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, Multinational Force & Observers Medal, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.

    Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González

    Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
    Colonel Juan Gonzalo Fernandez González

    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore

    Test Pilot Instructor, National Test Pilot School
    Commander (Ret'd) Andrea Pingitore

    Commander Andrea Pingitore was born in Bari (Italy) November 5, 1978. In 1997 he was admitted at the Naval Academy and participated at the Campaign on "Amerigo Vespucci" sailing Ship in the Mediterranean Sea in 1998, and in Southeast Asia on "Vittorio Veneto" Destroyer in 1999. In 2001, he completed his studies obtaining the degree in "International Political Sciences" at Pisa University. In 2002 he graduated at the Naval Academy with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. In the same year he attended the course "Leadership - Principles and Techniques for conducting men and means." From 2002 to 2004 he completed the training as a Pilot at the US Navy Flight Schools, becoming Fixed Wing military pilot in Corpus Christi (Texas), and Rotary Wing military pilot in Pensacola (Florida), obtaining recognition of the "Commodore's List" and "Commodore's List with Distinction", respectively. On his return to Italy he has been assigned to the Fourth Helicopter Squadron in Grottaglie, as SH3D "Seaking" pilot. During the service at the Fourth Helicopter Squadron he has been deployed in 2006 in Afghanistan (Kabul) for ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Operation as the Task Force Operations Officer and then as Staff Officer (G3 Aviation) at the "Kabul Multinational Brigade". In the same year he has been deployed also in Lebanon as a pilot during Operation "Mimosa - Evacuation of compatriots in Lebanon" and in Operation "Leonte". In 2008 he has been deployed again in Afghanistan (Herat) as Seaking Pilot, for the Operation ISAF. In 2009 he completed a period of more than 3 months in the Civil Protection for the organization of the "G8" event in La Maddalena/L'Aquila. In the same year he participated at Operation "Gran Sasso" after the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region, commanding the Italian Navy Helicopter Section deployed in L'Aquila for the relief to the local population. In 2010 he was employed in Operation "White Crane" in Haiti, on the aircraft carrier "Cavour", as Commander of the Seaking Helicopters Section, in support of the Haitian population affected by the earthquake. He has also been regularly embarked on several Naval Units including the aircraft carriers Cavour and Garibaldi, and Amphibious Units San Giorgio and San Giusto classes. Since October 2010 he attended the 249th Session of Naval Command School, the 11th Seminar for Officers appointed to the Naval Command and the 55th Course at the Naval War College in Venice.

    From October 2011 to October 2012 he served as Minehunter Ship "Vieste" Commanding Officer.

    From 2012 to 2014 he has been assigned at the Naval Aviation Command as Flag Officer Aide.

    In October 2013 he completed a Master's degree in Public Administration Sciences at "Guglielmo Marconi" University in Rome.

    In 2014 he has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and in the same year was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River - Maryland (US).

    In December 2015 LCDR Pingitore graduated at the USN Test Pilot School as Experimental Test Pilot.

    In June 2017 he completed the Joint Staff Course (ISSMI) in Rome with a Master's Degree in International Strategic Military Studies.

    In 2018 he has been promoted to the rank of Commander.

    Currently, he is assigned at the Italian Naval Test and Evaluation Center in Sarzana (Italy), as the Commanding Officer and Test Pilot.

    Group Captain Martin Higgins

    Commandant Central Flying School, Royal Air Force, Number 22 Group
    Group Captain Martin Higgins

    Group Captain Martin Higgins joined the RAF in 1993 and entered pilot training at RAF Valley in July 1996. Selected to be a 'Creamie' Qualified Flying Instructor on No. 208(R) Squadron until November 1999, he then moved to RAF Leuchars for his first fast-jet tour on No. 43(F) Sqn, where he flew the Tornado FMk3. Martin conducted operations in Iraq in 2002 and 2003 as well as major flying exercises in North America and Europe. Martin was then selected to join the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, where he served for 3 years as a team pilot.

    After promotion to Squadron Leader in 2005 and two international tours with the Team, he returned to RAF Leuchars in 2008 to complete a 2-year Flight Commander tour on No. 111(F) Squadron. During his flight commander tour, he was privileged to take command of No. 1435 Flight at Mount Pleasant Airfield, Falkland Islands.

    In 2010, he conducted his first staff tour at Air Command as SO2 Joint Combat Aircraft where he was part of a team that developed the nascent Lightning II capability. Returning to the Red Arrows in 2011-2012 as Red 5, he was lucky enough to be part of the Team's involvement to celebrate the London Olympics and Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

    Promoted to Wing Commander in 2013, Martin then returned to Air Command in Capability Delivery where he managed the Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) and High G Centrifuge programmes. In 2014, his luck continued when he was selected to become Officer Commanding RAFAT at RAF Scampton until 2017. During this command tour he delivered the Team's first overseas tour to China. After successfully completing the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Defence College Shrivenham, and promotion to Group Captain in late 2018, Martin returned to Air Command to become Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Development. Having been a Qualified Flying Instructor since 1997, Martin was delighted to be selected for his current role as Commandant Central Flying School.

    Martin is the Deputy Chairman of the RAF Athletics Association and tries to remain competitive in road races. Other interests include road cycling and trail running, as well as reading books about philosophy and anything by George Orwell.

    Group Captain Paul Cole

    Assistant Director Plans, Directorate of Flying Training, Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Paul Cole

    Group Captain Paul Cole joined the RAF in 1991. His operational career was centred on the C130K Hercules, flying it, planning its operations and then running its training school. Paradoxically for a pilot, he has been deployed on the ground to Azerbaijan, Sudan, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. This phase culminated in being Officer Commanding Operations Wing and Chief of Staff for the RAF's largest base, Brize Norton. Here, he oversaw the 6000 strong Station's efforts on multiple contingent operations as well as the redeployment from Afghanistan and delivered the UK-French Summit for the Prime Minister. In staff, he has completed tours in Human Resources, Capability, Parliamentary Engagement and Strategic Communications, the latter two working at the political / military seam.

    Joining the Directorate of Flying Training in 2019, he took on responsibility for the future development of UK flying training, aiming to widen and shorten the training pipeline. He is convinced of the role for simulation and technology in delivering this aim whilst also reducing financial cost and carbon use. He combines this role with being Chairman of the UK Armed Forces Cricket Association.

    Away from work, Paul is married to Jenny, an MOD civil servant and has two children. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, he serves on their Charity Committee and the Lord Mayor's Livery Schools Link Board. He is also a keen road cyclist and skier and enjoys cooking food using his home grown produce. Academically, he holds an MA in Defence Studies and another MA in Coaching and Mentoring. He is currently working on a PhD in Defence Studies with King's London researching civil-military relations.

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jonny Ormerod

    Former SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army and Lead Consultant, BZTG Ltd
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Jonny Ormerod

    Jonny Ormerod served 35 years in the British Army. He has considerable training and simulation experience including: commanding the Armoured Training and Advisory Team running exercises in Poland and overseeing Royal Armoured Corps live firing; commanding the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (UK), where he developed and delivered training for Afghanistan; working in Army Headquarters Concepts Branch where he led the development of the British Army's approach to Force Development experimentation using simulation and his final appointment as SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, responsible for managing the British Army's in-service collective training systems. He retired from the Army in 2017 and has been working as a consultant in Training and Simulation providing advice and support to UK MOD, industry and consultancy organisations.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan "Motor" Riley

    Commander Detachment 24, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan "Motor" Riley

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan X. Riley is the Commander of Detachment 24, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Detachment 24 is charged with rapidly developing and prototyping Pilot Training Next, the initiative driving advances in modern student-centered training. Detachment 24 seeks to incorporate technology such as immersive technology, artificial intelligence, data, biometrics, and cutting-edge instruction methodology to revolutionize military flight training. Lt Col Riley received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2003 and completed pilot training at Laughlin AFB, TX in 2004. He has completed multiple flying tours as an F-16 pilot where he supported in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE. He is a graduate from the Multi-domain Operational Strategist Course and has operational planning experience in the Pacific theater as well as advanced technology integration experience. He was also a demonstration pilot in the United States Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. Prior to this assignment, he led the joint integration cell at the 613th Air Operations Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI.

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    H145M Squadron Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    Col. Zsolt Simon was infected with the aviation during high school when he started gliding on the nearby airfield in Szolnok city when he was 14. After high school he joined the military and started his pilot training in 1993 in the Air Force Collage. He graduated as a helicopter pilot in 1997 and started his military pilot career as a pilot on Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. Three years later, he was promoted to an instructor and became the flight safety officer of the transport helicopter squadron. He also completed a fixed wing training in the Nato Flying Training Program in Canada (NFTC) on the TEXAN CT156 aircraft. After that course, he moved to the wing staff level of the Szolnok Helicopter Base as an executive training officer. During his career, he led two helicopter-training missions in Afghanistan where he and his team was responsible to train tactics to the afghan Mi-17 pilots. From 2015 to 2019 he was the Chief of Flight Training of the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base. In April 2020 he was assigned to Command the H145M Helicopter Squadron at the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base where he continues to serve. He has more than 2000 flight hours on helicopters and 300 hours on fixed winged aircraft.

    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Project Manager Military Flight Training System, Swedish Air Force
    Major Michael Rosenquist

    Project Manager for Swedish Air Force MFTS, managing the scope from Basic Training to OCU with all the different facets on that diamond. Still active Air Force pilot serving as QFI at Basic Training Sqn at the Flying Training School, when there is time for it. Having a total flying experience of ~3500hrs in +60 different a/c types, mostly single seated Jet a/c and Trainers.

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes is an independent consultant and engineer working in the field of training and simulation and is a regular conference chair and speaker on developments in simulation, training and technology. He is the Editor of Military Simulation & Training and in 2019 was Bohemia Interactive Simulations' project architect for the British Army's VR in land training project. He has many years' experience in defence management and procurement and is a former head of simulation policy for the UK MoD and Chair of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group.

    Mr Carmine Russo

    Head Of Sales Engineering, Leonardo
    Mr Carmine Russo

    Mr. Carmine RUSSO serves as the Head of International Flight Training School IFTS for Leonardo Aircraft Division, where he deals with the Italian Air Force and CAE in promoting the activities of the IFTS worldwide. Carmine is also head of Sales engineering for the Leonardo Aircraft Division proprietary products.Carmine, 46 years old, is an Aerospace Engineer graduated with full honors at University of Naples "Federico II" and followed several courses in trading, financing and project management.He joined the Leonardo Aircraft Division in 2017 after several international experiences in France, Russia and Italy. He has been working for ten years in SuperJet International - a Italian Russian joint venture on a regional aircraft - as Head of Marketing and Sales Engineering. Before joining SuperJet, Carmine Russo worked in Toulouse (France) for ATR.

    Mr Peter Eadie

    Director International Emerging Markets, CAE UK Plc
    Mr Peter Eadie

    Peter Eadie completed 33 years' service in the British Army in October 2015, having reached the rank of Colonel, and has since been working for CAE. He served for six years as an infantry officer, then trained as a helicopter pilot and transferred to the Army Air Corps, achieving around 3,000 flying hours, seeing extensive operational service in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. His last deployed operational tour of duty was as Commander Task Force Jaguar, the UK Joint Aviation Group in Afghanistan, with 60 aircraft and 1,000 personnel from all three UK armed services under command. During his final three years service, he was Base Commander and Commandant of the Army Aviation Centre, training all Army Aviation aircrew and groundcrew.

    He joined CAE in December 2015 in an international strategy and business development role, with his main focus being on identifying new military live flying training opportunities across Europe. His current role is threefold; the development of new markets for CAE Defence and Security, the marketing of the International Flight Training School in Italy, and acting as the company's primary link into NATO Headquarters and its subordinate agencies.

    Mr Stephen Webley

    Lecturer Conflict Studies, Simulation Studies & Applied Psychoanalysis, Staffordshire University
    Mr Stephen Webley

    Stephen has over two decades experience as a university lecturer and researcher in War & Conflict Studies, Simulation & Games Studies, and Applied Psychoanalysis. He specialises in human behaviours, strategic and operational analysis and managing disruptive innovation. Current research and teaching focusses on how we can understand military innovation as linked to societal and technological change. His work encompasses how new innovations lie at the nexus of games industry and defence industries. How games are designed and utilise data and internet-based ecosystems offer both challenges and great opportunities to innovate in defence and can aid us to understand how we need to plan and adapt to future warfighting environments and situations. How we think about and define cyberwarfare and hybrid warfare and how we can simulate air warfare in new ways and with new technology informs his current work.

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    Leonardo

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    From the latest generation platforms to the world’s most advanced pilot training solutions and unmanned systems, Leonardo Aircraft Division provides the means, as well operational and logistic support, to the Armed Forces in the most complex scenarios and in every type of mission.

    Leonardo have taken part in major global military aircraft programs since the 1970s: starting with the AMX and MRCA Tornado to today’s Eurofighter Typhoon (in collaboration with BAE Systems and Airbus), the most advanced multi-role fighter currently available on the market. Another important international collaboration is the F-35 lightning II, the new U.S. Joint Strike Fighter.

    It is more than 60 years that Leonardo Aircraft defines the state of the art of military flight training. The company’s twin-seat jet trainers have been operated by several air forces and produced in three continents since the 60’s. The Aermacchi MB.326, MB.339 and more recently the M-346 and M-345 with their Intergated Training Systems have been in the past and are still today the benchmark for military flight training.

    Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.


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    ETSA is a Community Interest Company (CIC) comprising Member organisations, Individuals, Government agencies and military end-users, Academia, Media and other Strategic Partners from within the MS&T community. As such, it is owned by the Members and operates for the benefit of the Members and the Modelling, Simulation and Training Communities in general. ETSA represents the European training and simulation community. It provides a non-partisan environment for government bodies, academia, users and suppliers within Europe to network, exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on education, training and simulation technology and methodology.

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    Global Military Communications

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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    Key.aero was created by Key Publishing to bring the best of expert aviation content online. You can now easily access in one place outstanding content from our world-leading aviation publications including Aeroplane, FlyPast, Airforces, Air International, Airports of the world, Airliner World, Aviation News, Combat Aircraft and PC Pilot. Plus, enjoy articles, video and content created exclusively for key.aero. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about aviation is now just one click away!


    Defence Today

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    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com


    Blog Before Flight

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    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.


    Airforce Technologies

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    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


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    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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, SMI 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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

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    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@smi-online.co.uk

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