Call for Papers

We are now accepting presentation abstracts for WATS 2019.

Submission Deadline – Friday 21st December 2018

Together with conference content focusing on training technologies, “best practices” and “lessons learned” that the industry has come to value from WATS, we will also provide international insights into evolving aviation career paths and the imperative of identifying and developing professionalism in aviation personnel as the industry grapples with demographic challenges and ever-increasing growth. As ever, targeted conference sessions on the latest global air carrier training issues will be part of WATS 2019, as well as specific insight into the critical role of the instructor – as teacher, mentor, and role model. And across all streams of the conference, presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on dealing with the challenges that technology, evidence, regulatory environments and our increasing knowledge of human performance are bringing to this critical industry.

It is therefore appropriate that the overall theme of WATS 2019 is “Identifying and Developing Professionalism in the Global Aviation Workforce”.

Conference programmes are now being developed for the following four streams:

• Air Carrier Pilot Training
• 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 the following broad categories:

– New hire issues and personnel supply and demand
– Career management and securing the training pipeline
– Screening and selection of aviation personnel
– Instilling positive training cultures and learning environments
– Competency-based training
– Evidence-based training
– ATO perspectives on Initial and Recurrent training
– Instructional techniques and training ROI
– Aviation system safety and security
– Licensing, compliance and regulatory issues
– Training for new aircraft technologies
– Airspace modernisation
– Advances in simulation technology
– Immersive/VR/AR training environments
– AI in aviation training
– Mobile, gaming and eLearning technologies
– Air carrier incident “lessons learned”

To propose a presentation for any of the four WATS conference streams, please send a maximum 300-word abstract before 21st December 2018.

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 including conference presentation experience.

Please title your email “WATS 2019 ABSTRACT” and submit to Chris Lehman, WATS 2019 Conference Chair, at [email protected]. Copy should also be sent to Fiona Greenyer, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected]. We will notify successful speakers on or before January 25, 2019.

WATS is an “Applied” conference and while full academic papers are not appropriate, we welcome summaries of appropriate aviation training and education research, particularly if there is international application.

Preference will be given to air carriers and training organisations with real world training insights and “lessons learned” information. In no case will sales presentations be accepted. With the exception of several planned breakouts, actual presentations must fit into the WATS format which is 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.


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