2021 Call for Papers

Submission Deadline – Friday 22nd January 2021

This is expected to be the first time in more than a year that the civil aviation training community will gather in person to share best practice, lessons learned and the challenges and hopes for recovery and return to growth.

Across all streams of the conference, presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on increasing knowledge on human performance for this safety-critical industry.

The overall theme of WATS 2021 is:

Forward Together


Conference programmes are being developed for these streams:

  • Air Carrier and Regional Airline Pilot Training
  • Cabin Crew Training
  • Maintenance Training


For each of the conference tracks, presentation proposals should address an aspect of aviation training and education in one or more of these broad categories:

  • Airline Recovery, including challenges of operations/training restart, re-training, regional revamp and the next pilot shortage.
  • Next-Gen Aviation Professional Recruitment (pilot, cabin, maintenance), screening, diversity and funding.
  • Training Paradigm of the Future for ab initio, type rating, recurrent, command and instructors.
  • Regulatory Roadmap.
  • Training Enablers, such as big data, machine learning, augmented intelligence (AI), and connectivity (iPad, Zoom, 5G, etc.)
  • Technology Tools: VR/AR/MR/XR, e-learning, FSTDs including visual, motion and IOS subsystems, LMS/TMS management.
  • Personnel Readiness, including aptitude, attitude, situation awareness, decision making, airmanship and resilience.
  • Emergent Aviation Modes such as electric, supersonic, urban mobility, drones.
  • Adapting Cabin Crew and Maintenance Training in a socially distanced environment.
  • Embedding a Maintenance Safety Culture.


To propose a presentation for any of the WATS 2021 conference streams, please send a maximum 300-word abstract by 22nd January 2021. Abstracts are required to be accompanied by a short biography of the speaker, which should include contact information, title, position and emplooyer and any conference presentation experience.

Please title your email “WATS 2021 ABSTRACT” and email to Fiona Greenyer, Conference Coordinator at fiona@halldale.com. We will notify successful speakers on or before 12 February 2021.

Preference will be given to air carriers and training organizations with real-world training insights.

WATS is an “applied” conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we welcome summaries of relevant aviation training and education research. Also, our highly knowledgeable audience expects presentations which are not overt product/company sales pitches. (There will be commercial opportunities throughout the conference.)

Presentations must fit into the WATS conference format which is 15-20 minutes ‘as delivered’, followed by a Q&A period.

We sincerely thank all those who propose presentations and will endeavour to respond to all submissions.