Awards

CAT Magazine Awards

Every industry has its history and can boast of revered ‘giants’ on whose shoulders succeeding generations have built upon. The simulation and training community is no different but often goes largely unnoticed by the industries and economies it serves.  In an era of enormous challenges – including high retirement rates simultaneously occurring with expanding demand for skilled personnel – a strong Simulation and Training sector is essential. Essential in preserving the safety and business performance of critical industries, and also as a key enabler of national and global economies. In the case of commercial aviation, the role of the Simulation & Training sector in underpinning the exemplary safety record of the air transportation industry cannot be exaggerated. Thousands of industry professionals have guided and directed the pursuit of both the needed human performance as well as the advanced technologies that have delivered this safety record, and in many cases these individuals have been unrecognised and unheralded.

The CAT awards scheme has been instituted to objectively recognise and record the most deserving of these individuals, as well as increase awareness of the extraordinary contributions of the overall global training industry.

CAT Awards

The CAT Awards recognize those whose contributions, often occurring over decades, and sometimes without commensurate reward or recognition, have significantly advanced the simulation and training community and thus directly contributed to airline safety and operations. 

The 2018 CAT Award winners were:

Captain Chris Ranganathan,
Etihad Airways, Vice President Training & Standards


A dedicated training professional, Captain Ranganathan has been instrumental in the introduction of innovative training concepts and programs during his career. Examples of this include the introduction of the region’s first Advanced Qualification Program in the ’90s, and more recently, the introduction of an Evidence Based Training program for all types at the airline and an MPL program at the Etihad Flight College that uses the Embraer Phenom in the Core and Basic phases.In his current role as the post-holder for crew training and the accountable manager for Etihad’s Flight College, he is responsible for ensuring Etihad Airways’ crew training programs are aligned with the carrier’s growth plans and vision.An active pilot on the Boeing 777, Chris has been involved in pilot training and training management for over 20 years, in an aviation career spanning 30 years.

Dr. Nicklas Dahlström,
Emirates Airline, Human Factors Manager


Dr Nicklas Dahlström is a leading authority and speaker on Human Factors.As Human Factors Manager at Emirates Airline he has played a key role in bringing together staff from an incredibly diverse range of cultures. In this position he is responsible for CRM training and integration of Human Factors in the organisation. Dr. Dahlström was previously a researcher and instructor at Lund University School of Aviation in Sweden, working with projects related to safety and Human Factors in aviation as well as in maritime, nuclear and medical industries. His research areas have been mental workload, training and simulation and he has written research articles and book chapters on Human Factors and CRM as well as delivered invited presentations, lectures and training around the world.

Mark Dransfield
TRU Simulation + Training, Director Regulatory Affairs


Mark Dransfield has made huge contributions to the development of airline training through his roles as Chairman of both the RAeS Flight Simulation Group Committee (2011-2013), and of the IPTA Training Device Work Stream (TDWS) subcommittee (2015-June 2017) charged with the continuing oversight, amendment and adoption of ICAO 9625 Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of FSTDs. Mark also spent three years as a regulator as UK CAA Simulator Standards Manager responsible for managing the regulatory oversight of all FSTD qualifications. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen Mary College, London University, United Kingdom, is a registered Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

To see who won the awards in 2017 click here.