2019 World Airline Pilot Conference Proceedings

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Day 1 – Tuesday April 30th 2019

Session 1: Opening Remarks & Keynote Addresses (all conference tracks)
1) Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
2) Bobby Loeb, Senior Director, Southwest Airlines University
A Learning Culture’s Secret Ingredient

Session 2 – The Opening Act: Industry Thought Leadership (WATS Pilot/Regional Pilot/Maintenance)
1) Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Head of Flight Training Worldwide, Airbus
The Invisible Impact…
2) Captain David Owens, Global Head of Standards, CAE
Developing Better Pilots, Faster
3) Daniel Serfaty, CEO & Founder, Aptima, Inc. / Chairman, Aptima Ventures, LLC
The Future of Work: Human Performance in the Age of AI

Session 3 – Global Primary Training Issues (WATS/RATS Pilot)
1) Colin Rydon, Vice President Training, Standards & Development | Head of Training, L3 Commercial Aviation
Developing the Airline Ready Pilot
2) Karen Moore, Managing Director & Principal Occupational Psychologist, Symbiotics
Selecting for Resilience Then Maintaining Mental Wellbeing – Keeping the Stuffing in the ‘Right Stuff’
3) Jennifer Birdsong, Director, Advanced Learning Technology & Development & Steve Smith, Product Director, MissionFIT™, FlightSafety International
Continuum of Learning: Making Better Aviators by Teaching the Brain, Not the Pilot
4) Robert Burke, Manager, Air Carrier Training Systems and Voluntary Safety Programs Branch, AFS-280, FAA & Bruce “Buck” Rodger, Lt Col, USAFR, Action Officer, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Outreach HQ USAF A3 Aircrew Task Force
Promotion, Pathways and Partnerships

Session 4 – Flight Training Insights from the Regulators and Air Carriers (WATS/RATS Pilot)
1) Dr. Janeen Kochan, Engineering Research Psychologist, US Department of Transport/Volpe Center & Kelly Ann Curran, PMP, US Department of Transport/Volpe Center
Emerging Tools and Techniques for Risk Based Decision Making
2) Marc Brogan, Aviation Examiner – Flight Training & Operations, Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
The Profession of Aviation: Quality and Retention
3) Captain Owen Sims, Type Rating Examiner (TRE), Flybe
Modifying Human Behaviour; What Flight Training Can Learn From Psychotherapy

Day 2 – Wednesday May 1st 2019

Session 5 – Focus on Air Carrier Training Views
1) Mike Gerdes, Manager AQP/ISD, Flight Operations & Glenna Calame, Instructional Design Lead, Southwest Airlines
Instructional Design Professionals and Pilot Training – Transitioning to Professional Training Design and Development: Our Experience at Southwest Airlines
2) Captain Laura Lucas-Edwards, A320 Captain, Delta Air Lines
Committing to Video – Engaging Today’s Pilot
3) Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor & Wally Hines, Director of Standards, JETPUBS
How To Be Better in Bed: Reducing Fatigue and Improving Safety

Session 6A – Focus on Air Carrier Training Views
1) Norman MacLeod, Human Factors Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways
Tracking ‘Normal’ in Flight Data – Getting Ahead of the Curve
2) Eamonn Powers, Director of Programs, DFW Learning Center, FlightSafety International
How Can Professional Training Organizations Fill the Gap Between Class and Cockpit with Informal Training?
3) Captain Suheil Abumariam, Manager of AQP, Gulf Air & Dr. Sunjoo Advani, President, IDT
Staying Alive: Teaching Angle-of-Attack Management

Session 6B – Special Panel Pathways to Meet Safety and Hiring Needs
United Airlines and ALPA joint panel discussion on pilot mentoring and the best methods of identifying, preparing, and training the future pilot group in order to bridge the gap in experience and knowledge as the generational retirement waves ripple through the industry and the pace of technology continues to accelerate. Airlines will need to be more adaptive as new hire demographics become more variable, with customized and individual training becoming part of a comprehensive training program.

Panel members:
Captain Michael McCasky, Managing Director – Flight Training, United Airlines
Captain Charles Hogeman, Director – Flight Training Support, United Airlines
Captain Jack Barker, PhD, Chairman, ALPA MEC Training Committee at United Airlines
First Officer Robert Thomas, Vice Chairman, ALPA National Training Council & Vice Chairman, ALPA MEC Training Committee at United Airlines

Session 6C – Special Panel – Hard Landings and Unstable Approaches
Captain Suheil Abumariam, Manager of AQP, Gulf Air and Dr. Sunjoo Advani, President, IDT will lead a special panel of experts that will explore the issue of hard landings which result primarily from unstable approaches. The costs to the industry of these incidents is significant and calls for more focused attention on the subject is growing. The US FAA is currently reconsidering current approach stability criteria and this expert panel, composed of regulators, training providers and airlines will help delegates understand this issue, identify the causes and recommend validated solutions.

Dennis Crider, Chief Technical Advisor, Vehicle Simulation, National Transportation Safety Board
Dr. Jeffery A. Schroeder, Chief Scientist, Flight Simulation Technologies, FAA
F/O Jim Owsley, First Officer and Program Manager AQP, Southwest Airlines
Captain David Owens, Global Head of Standards, CAE
Captain Edward “Blaine” Kime III, Flight Standards Check Airman, FedEx MD-11 Landing Performance Team Member
Captain Kevin Eissler, Check Airman, FedEx MD-11 Landing Performance Team Member

Day 3 – Thursday May 2nd 2019

Session 7 – Simulation Technology Update (all conference tracks)
1) Neil Wittering, Director of Business Development, Barco Simulation
Trends and Outlook for Sight and Sound in Simulation
2) Dr. Jeremy Goodman, Product Lead (SATCE), Quadrant Group & Dennis Hartley, Principal Systems Engineer, Collins Simulation & Training Solutions
Realizing an Active Airport Environment – SATCE and Visual Systems
3) Kevin Vizzarri, Vice President, AVT Simulation
Pilot Training with Augmented Reality

Session 8 – Advanced Training Environments and New Media (all conference tracks)
1) Nick Wilson, Assistant Professor, Aviation, University of North Dakota
Distance Learning Technologies with the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals: Lessons Learned
2) Amanda Bond, Research Scientist, Soar Technology, Inc.
Using Game-Environment-Based Training to Train Spatial Disorientation
3) Professor Lori Brown, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation
Beam Me Up – Holographic Telepresence and Collaborative Platforms: The Future Reality