Meet the Speakers

Find out more about the EATS 2022 speakers …

Philip Baum
Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd. & Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University

A security professional with an international civil aviation background, Philip’s reputation is built on his common-sense approach to risk management. He encourages others to think outside the box and develop effective security solutions capitalising on human intuition and the intelligent use of technology.

In 2021, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Service to Aviation Security Award presented by Emirates Group Security and Edith Cowan University.

Philip devised and developed T.R.A.P.® (Tactical Risk Assessment of People), a risk-based security system based on non-racial profiling, observational and questioning techniques. He has developed and chaired conferences, including Behavioural Analysis (2018, Cardiff; 2019, Minneapolis; 2020, Online; 2022, Northampton), DISPAX World, addressing unruly airline passenger behaviour (2009, Istanbul; 2014, London; 2019; London), and Body Search (2015, London).

He was an expert witness in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee inquiry into aviation security in the aftermath of the attempted downing of an aircraft by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day 2009.

He is a visiting professor of Aviation Security at Coventry University. He is an accredited instructor and courseware developer for both the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for whom he has led projects around the globe.

Philip devised and delivers the Inflight Security courses for IATA.

Philip was editor-in-chief of the global journal of airport and airline security, Aviation Security International, between 1997 and 2021. He also appears on CNN, Sky News and the BBC, providing expert comment on aviation security issues.

In 2016, his book, Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing, was published.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Inflight Security Challenges

Sarah Barry
Sarah Barry, Director of Education, Senior Lecturer, Airline Pilot, Buckinghamshire New University

Sarah Barry is an experienced airline pilot, currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of Education in the School of Aviation and Security at Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe, UK. Her experience includes holding the position of Chair of the Pilot Training and Licensing Committee at BALPA, contributing to IFALPA Human Factors committee papers, and attending the IFALPA Female Pilot Working Group. Sarah is an early stage researcher. Having presented to the BNU Research Colloquium and to the Royal Aeronautical Society, Sarah is now disseminating early findings more widely.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Moving the Female Pilot Agenda Forward

Stuart Beech
Stuart Beech, CEO & Founder, Resilient Pilot

Stuart is CEO and Founder of Resilient Pilot. Resilient Pilot is a volunteer run not-for-profit initiative created to help pilots and cabin crew be supported, keep current and stay connected with the airline industry. As a British Airways Senior First Officer, Wellbeing Officer, CRMT and CBTi and qualified Mentor/Coach, Stuart has shown a keen interest in CBTA/EBT and resilience development methodologies since it’s introduction to pilot training and CRM in 2013.

Born during the Pandemic, Resilient Pilot pioneered introducing The Resilience Development Programme, a virtual blended mentoring, coaching and training competency based approach to continuous personal and professional development. Resilient Pilot is proud to partner with The Centre for Aviation Psychology in their joint quest to operationalise resilience development by empowering pilots to take personal ownership through The Resilience Hub.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Defining, Operationalising, and Empowering Resilience Building in Pilots

Aedrian Bekker
Aedrian Bekker, Director: Organisation Solutions & Business Development, Centre for Aviation Psychology

Aedrian is a Chartered Clinical and Organisation Psychologist. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Psychology Society.

While Aedrian started his career as a clinician in the NHS, for the past 16 years he has worked with senior leaders and their teams in blue chip companies around the globe. With an expertise in human behaviour in complex organisations, he has worked in heavily regulated and customer sensitive industries such as defence, nuclear, automative, finance, telecommunications, utilities, industrial relations and of course, aviation.

Aedrian leads a team of psychologists and consultants that have designed and delivered award winning psychological interventions that have been credited for their innovation, integrity and user engagement. In British Airways for example, this includes working with over 2000+ flight crew as well as programmes for all senior cabin crew and facilitation of joint Management and Trade Union projects. As a psychologist, he has a deep insight into the unique challenges facing a highly professional and largely remote workforce – and the organisational contexts within which they work.

Aedrian’s team use traditional methods alongside emerging technologies to create scalable and effective psychological solutions.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Defining, Operationalising, and Empowering Resilience Building in Pilots

Capt J-M Bigarre
Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, Founder & President, AMFTA

Jean-Michel leads AMFTA as Founder & President, drawing upon 30 years experience in aviation and flight training. In 2019, he founded AMFTA as part of his vision to improve flight safety via the creation of a harmonised flight training level worldwide (Airbus Flight Training reference).

Previously, Jean-Michel was Head of Flight Training Worldwide & VP Training and Flight Ops for major jet and turboprop airline manufacturers and has held executive positions including CEO & Member of Executive Board for different aircraft and simulator companies. During this time he was instrumental in developing training technologies whilst growing business revenue through innovative solutions, all the while focusing on enhancing flight safety. His wide airline experience also extends to the start-up and restructuring of several airlines.

Jean-Michel graduated at the prestigious French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) and began his career working for a major European airline, before joining the French Aviation Authorities to manage ab initio & advanced training. Throughout his career, Jean-Michel has flown for many different airlines and still flies on a regular basis. He is current on the A320/A330/A350 & A380 and is still acting as Instructor and Examiner on both Airbus aircraft and light aircraft.

Pilot Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 2

The Aircraft Manufacturer Flight Training Association and Strategy

Hugues Carpentier
Captain Hugues Carpentier, Head of Training, Egnatia Aviation

A flight instructor for over 24 years, post holder for over 12 years, holding EASA and FAA licenses plus numerous national validations, as a career instructor and flight training manager he has taught and flown over 3 continents and 6 countries, acquiring a broad knowledge and experience of the differences between governing authorities, licensing systems, schools’ curriculums, and educational methods. Actively involved in the Cadet’s selection programs of partner airlines Wizz Air and Aegean/Olympic.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Airlines Involvement in Ab-Initio Training: A Recipe for Success

Carlin Clarke, Facilitator, Leadership Development & Engagement, Breeze Airways

Carlin grew up in the airline industry where she developed a fascination and appreciation for travel, foreign languages, and people from all walks of life. She enjoyed a 17-year career with Delta Air Lines as a Flight Attendant/Purser. Based primarily at JFK, she was responsible for inflight operations to international & domestic destinations.

Carlin’s passion for aviation led to a master’s degree in Commercial Aviation Management. She joined the Department of Aviation Science at Utah Valley University as an adjunct faculty in 2009 where she teaches Principles of Aviation Management, Crew Resource Management (CRM), and Ethical & Professional Issues in Aviation. Additionally, she mentors aviation students in the university’s LEAD program, helping students acquire and practice industry leadership skills, and serves as the Point-of-Contact for anything Flight Attendant related.

Currently, Carlin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Capital Development at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is able to combine her interests in people, performance, and aviation. Her research combines specialities in leadership, CRM, and Emotional Intelligence (EI) within the performance improvement context. In 2020, Carlin began consulting with new David Neeleman start-up, Breeze Airways, who this year ranked #2 for Travel & Leisure’s Best Domestic Airline. Carlin recently joined the airline full-time as the new Facilitator, Leadership Development & Engagement.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 2

A More Leaderful Workforce for Effective Passenger Management in the Post-Covid Environment

Mark Collins
Mark Collins, Business Development Director - Simulation, Epic Games

Mark had a lengthy military career, involving training and simulation, for all levels of individual and collective training. His second career expanded his knowledge of simulation with a number of defence companies and a variety of roles. As Head of Business Development at Training and Logistics Solutions, Lockhed Martin, Mark was responsible for all domains, Land, Air and Maritime as well as being a student at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2018.

Mark joined Epic Games in 2020 and leads global business development for the Simulation vertical focused on Defence, Civil aviation, Healthcare, Autonomous vehicles and Robotics.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 8

Using Game Engines for Next Gen Flight Simulation

Trevor Dale
Trevor Dale FRAeS, MCIEHF, Managing Director, Atrainability Ltd.

As one of the founding members of British Airways pilot Crew Resource Management trainer team, Trevor has been developing training courses and delivering practical human factors awareness and more advanced courses since 1991.

Trevor began introducing human factors concepts to healthcare professionals in 2002 with paediatric cardiac surgery and now continues to do so across the entire spectrum including maternity, surgery, ICU, mental health and other healthcare teams.

Trevor has been active in development of research and training initiatives in healthcare, aviation and other safety-related industries including nuclear power generation.

He has collaborated on several research projects in healthcare, including at Great Ormond Street and Oxford University Hospitals, focussing on learning from error and success.

His passion is to help professionals develop and maintain their full range of skills, both technical and non-technical. He is helping others to introduce human factors integration into child protection social work.

In 2022 he is developing implementation of a neuro-science-based digital learning methodology for HF and Quality Improvement Science blended for several healthcare providers, both public sector and private.

He continues to fly for fun and is a committed voluntary worker within his local community.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

Making Memories Sticky – Writing to the Long-Term Memory

Jason Davenhill
Jason Davenhill, Flying Instructor & Performance Coach & Supervisor, Inflow Performance Ltd.

Jason Davenhill’s formative years were as a track athlete where he learned the value of continuous focused improvement. This ethos shaped his subsequent career in the Royal Air Force which he joined after winning his green beret in the Royal Marines. He initially struggled in flying training – quite possibly because the style of flying instruction didn’t necessarily suit him – but, having scraped through he operated the Chinook in most of the RAF’s adventures in the late 90s early 2000s operating on land and, at sea with the Royal Navy, in Bosnia, Kosova, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Norway and Brunei. He became an instructor first on the Chinook conversion unit and then on the front line before moving on to run a university air squadron, teaching university students to fly. He became the Deputy Chief Instructor at the Army Air Corps school of aviation where he introduced performance coaching and then moved to the Defence Helicopter Flying School where he instructed on the Griffin Bell 412 and led the performance coaching team. Leaving the regular RAF, he taught university students again and turned all his military qualifications into civilian ones and he now teaches helicopters and fixed wing students and fixed wing instructors.

He is probably one of the few people to have taught at every level in the military, all three armed services, and civilians on fixed wing and helicopters. He is now an executive and performance coach, coaching supervisor and Human Givens psychotherapist. He is lucky enough to have a deep interest and some useful experience in how we learn and what works. Flying instruction, like coaching, is about providing a safe environment for someone else to do their own learning.

Jason has been public speaking for 20 years encompassing a wide range of groups from schools and youth groups, Women’s Institute to large professional fora inside and outside the military. He includes in his list of hobbies a love of stage acting and performance and has formed and led several wind bands and choirs.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Aircrew Performance Coaching – Allowing Pilots to Teach Themselves

Katarina Esko, Cabin Safety Officer, Finnair

Passionate about resilience and leading emotions ever since starting her career in aviation in 2011, Katarina has been training professionals on these topics in aviation, and also in other industries for the past couple of years. She holds a master’s degree in science (technology) and in business administration.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Developing Resilience Through Cabin Crew Training

Mark Farquhar, Chief Training Captain, easyJet

With over 12 years experience in easyJet in a variety of roles, Mark provides leadership for both pilot and cabin crew training teams, supporting over 600 instructors delivering training in over 28 locations throughout Europe. He has experience in airline pilot and cabin crew training; operational standards and safety investigation. He actively instructs in the classroom, aircraft and simulator and flies the line.

His main focus is on continually improving training effectiveness and efficiency to better serve the airlines cabin crew and pilots, to equip them with the competencies and confidence to excel in their roles. He has been instrumental in enhancing how pilots and cabin crew are trained within easyJet: ensuring that over 12,000 crew develop competencies to safely and effectively manage any unforeseen situation.

A graduate of the University of Aberdeen with a Master of Arts with Honours in Business Management, he gained experience in public relations within safety critical organisations in the Oil & Gas sector and the Emergency Services. Prior to joining the fixed-wing industry, in the rotary sector at Bristow Helicopters he led a transformational turn-around of an operational control team, improving the operation and regaining key client confidence.

He has been an active participant in a number of industries panels, including the UK CAA Flight Operations Training Standards Group; UK CAA Human Factor Advisory Panel & IATA Evidence Based Training Task Force.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 3

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

Innovating Crew Training Throughout the Pandemic

Matthias Groppe
Dr. Matthias Groppe, VistaJet Ltd.

Matthias Groppe was born March 11th, 1967 in Miltenberg, Germany. After his first career as a violinist with studies at the University of Arts in Berlin and a member of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, he started to move to the aviation industry. After flight training in California and Berlin he is working as a pilot at Lufthansa CityLine since April 2000.

During his employment at Lufthansa Cityline, he complemented his education with an Executive MBA at CityUniversity in London, a Master of Psychology at Diploma University in Germany and a Ph.D. at Cranfield University.

On his professional way he was also the Head of Training for Lufthansa Flight Training – PTN in 2012, Senior Examiner at the German Civil Aviation Authority LBA, Training Captain and Head of Training at the VistaJet ATO and now works as Mental Health Expert for the new Support Programme.

His personal interests include visiting concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic or giving lectures and seminars of his self developed Resilience Training Course.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6
Air Crew Mental Health: The VistaJet Support Programme

Birdy Raghoonundun Gunputh, Product Manager Safety Training, Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH

Raghoonundun Gunputh (Nickname: Birdy) is the Product Manager Safety Training at Lufthansa Aviation Training, where his main area of responsibility is to manage the product portfolio for SEP, CRM, Security and First Aid training. Furthermore, he also contributes to the definition of policies and standards of safety training for the Lufthansa Group Airlines.

He holds a degree in Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University UK.

In his past 34 years’ experience within the airline industry, Birdy started as a cabin crew on long and short haul and afterwards spent 24 years in the field of safety training. During this period, he gained the competencies as a SEP, CRM and Security Trainer and took over the role of Manager Crew Safety Training at different airlines for 19 years before joining Lufthansa Aviation Training. Within this journey, he has been involved in enhancing the design and delivery of safety training in an ever-changing operational environment.

As a member if the ICAO Cabin Safety Group, Birdy extends his engagement in the field of safety and training in the airline industry.

His latest projects have been to introduce VR Technology at Lufthansa Aviation Training for cabin crew, implement CBTA principles and explore means of implementing innovative training solutions through ongoing projects.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

Training Re-Imagined: The Next Level

Lex Rock Heemstra
Lex Rock Heemstra, Human Factors Specialist, Independent Human Factors

Lex Rock Heemstra started his career in the South African Navy as a Submariner and Diver. He then joined the South Africa Air Force and flew taildraggers and helicopters as an A Cat Instructor and Maintenance Test Pilot. During this time he developed the South African Air Forces in house Aviation Safety courses regarding Flight Safety Officers, Aircraft Accident Investigators and Crew Resource Management Instructors which was attended by over 12 African Air Forces. He holds a Military Management Degree as well as an Honours Degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. In 2007 he joined Emirates Airlines as a Human Factors Specialist with the responsibility of developing CRM courses for both Flight Deck and Cabin Crew. In 2015 he joined Qatar Airways as the Vice President Human Factors where he led a team of 3 HF managers and 48 Flight Deck and Cabin Crew CRM Instructors. He has presented at over 32 conferences worldwide and took an early retirement in 2018. However, he is still active in the role of Human Factors and continues to consult, advise and write articles. This is his fourth EATS appearance.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

Evaluating Pilots: A Flaw in Judgement

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Unruly Passenger – De-Escalating the Situation Before it Gets Worse

Peter Hogston
Peter Hogston, Head of Training, L3Harris Commercial Training Solutions

Peter Hogston is Head of Training at L3Harris Commercial Training Solutions operating within the Business Segment covering: Integrated Mission Systems – which includes commercial aviation training solutions.

Peter assumed the role of Head of Training on the 1st July 2022. Reporting directly to the Vice President & General Manager of Airline Academy, the role maintains oversight of delivery against Legal and Regulatory requirements, the client’s demands and the business needs.

Previously, Peter was employed as a Training Standards Captain with particular focus on Boeing clients, products and courseware whilst maintaining a training and examining role for the B737 and A320 operators.

Before joining L3Harris, Peter worked for operators in the UK and Middle East in operational and senior management roles, managing safety and operational performance.

Peter has operated rotary and fixed wing aircraft in a number of environments and worked with National Aviation Authorities, commercial and military operators at executive level as an advisor on regulatory change and implementation strategies.

Peter is Qualified Commercial Pilot with Training and Examining Qualifications on B737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Training the Next Generation

Alexandra James, Analysis Output Manager, Osprey Flight Solutions

Alexandra James is the Analysis Output Manager for Osprey Flight Solutions. She ensures the quality of the work produced by the analysis team and contributes to its analytical output, with a focus on migration security issues, including human trafficking, people smuggling and the use of fraudulent documentation. She joined Osprey from Green Light Ltd. where she was the sub-editor and regular contributor of the trade journal, Aviation Security International. In addition to her editorial duties, she also participated in delivering crew training in topics such as unruly passenger management (de-escalation and restraint techniques), advanced interview techniques and behaviour analysis. In 2020, she also completed an MA in Forensic Linguistics at Cardiff University, with her dissertation focusing on communication between crew and aggressive airline passengers.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 2

A Situational Awareness Update of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling into the EU and UK

Trevor Jensen
Trevor Jensen, Aviation Management Consultant, Trevajan Consulting

Beginning his aviation career in 1969 as graduate of No.5 Qantas Cadet Pilot Course, Trevor flew B707, B747 and B767 aircraft for the Company holding  Command and Check Pilot status on the latter two types.

He was the Technical Director of the Australian International Pilot’s Association for two years prior to being appointed to the Qantas Flight Operation’s management team in 1984. Between 1984 and 1996, he held several senior appointments included Superintendent Flight Safety and General Manager B747 Operations.

Trevor resigned from Qantas in November 1996 to take an appointment as the Executive General Manager Operations and Inflight Services at Ansett Australia. Since 2001, he has held “C” level appointments in large international/Domestic airlines, Low Cost airlines and freight airlines within Australasia, Asia and Europe.

He was a member of the Flight Safety Foundation team responsible for the development and implementation of the highly successful Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program.

During his career, he has held regulatory responsibility for Air Operator Certificates (AOC) and Certificates of Approval (Maintenance) issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the New Zealand CAA and the Myanmar DCA.

With strong commitment and passion for educating future aviation professionals, Trevor has held appointments in academia at several Australian Universities and has served as a member of the Aviation Study Group of Linacre College at Oxford University.

From 1988 to 1996, he was a member of the Board of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (SE Region), serving the latter two years as Vice President. More recently, he was a member of the RFDS (Qld Section) Risk and Compliance Committee.

During 2015, he was the ‘start-up’ CEO of FMI Air, a domestic RPT airline operating in Myanmar.  Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Nauru Airlines Corporation.

Trevor is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Honorary Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and a Liveryman of the Guild of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. In 1999, he was awarded a Master Air Pilot certificate by the Guild of Air Pilot and Navigators of London and in 2001, the Grand Master’s Australian Medal by the Guild.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

The Cabin Crew Role in Reduced Flight Crew Operations

Stephan Labrucherie
Captain Stéphan Labrucherie, Airbus Head of Flight Training Worldwide

Stéphan started his flight training in 1991 with initial pilot training in France & the USA and then started his career in 1994 flying on different turboprop operations. From 1997 to 2004 he flew for French Charter operators on the B737 & A330, before joining 2 national carriers in the United Arab Emirates and also in China flying the A320 & A330.

Stephan joined Airbus in 2011 as TRI on the A320/A330 and became Head of TRIs & Head of Airbus Europe Training Centre prior to his current position.

He is current on A320 A330 A350 & A380 as well as TRI & TRE on A320 A330 & A350.

Since 1995 he has been particularly involved in Human Factors, CRM and Emergency Response system research and training, as well as the implementation of new training concepts such as CBTA.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 5

The Importance of Monitoring

Sang-A Lee, Graduate Research Assistant, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Sang-A Lee is a Graduate Research Assistant at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She holds an M.S. in Aviation and Bachelor in Aviation Management. Her research focuses on UAS safety, aircraft and airport safety, and management. She previously worked as a Research Scholar for School of Aviation and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the M.S. in Aviation to mentor students in graduate-level statistical courses and guide students in research writing. She is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Aviation, a specialization in Aviation Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from Fall 2022.


Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Emergency Evacuation Research

Olivier Mazzoleni
Captain Olivier Mazzoleni, Deputy Head of Airbus Training Worldwide, Regulatory & International Affairs Manager, Airbus

Capt. Mazzoleni is deputy Head of Airbus Training Worldwide & Regulatory and International Affairs Manager. He is in charge of the Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) and Evidence-Based training (EBT) expansion within Airbus Training. He is actively involved in different international expert groups or organizations developing Competency-based Training and Assessment standards.

He joined Airbus in 2011 after spending time with the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and a flying career on the French Air Force Airbus fleet. In Airbus Training, he held successively the positions of Head of Airbus Flight Instructor Standardization and Head of Airbus Flight Training Policy.

He is currently a qualified instructor, examiner and senior-examiner on A320, A330, A340 and A350.

Pilot Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 4

Competency-Based Training and Assessment Expansion

Ian Mitchell
Ian Mitchell, Lead Cabin Crew Training Designer, Air Canada

Ian began his aviation career as a flight attendant with Wardair Canada in 1988. In 1990 Canadian Airlines International bought and merged with Wardair. In 1994 he joined Air Crew Training at Canadian Airlines as an Instructor/Developer. After a few years in this position, he discovered his real passion was for training design. When Air Canada bought Canadian Airlines in 2000, the training department was reorganized, and he became a training designer. Since then, he has served as lead training designer for numerous training programs and other training initiatives.

Ian has presented at EATS 2017 and 2018. He has also moderated interactive group sessions during the “Training Café” portion of EATS 2018 and 2019.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 6

Air Canada’s Approach to Disruptive/Unruly Passenger Training

Karl O'Neill
Captain Karl O'Neill, Chief Instructor ATO, Aer Lingus, Secretary, Aircrew Training Policy Group

Karl is an aviation professional with over 23 years in the airline industry. Hailing from Dublin, he studied Business Law at UCD and subsequently completed a Masters in Business Management & Leadership at the UCD Smurfit Business School.

Karl has flown several commercial aircraft namely the Bae146, AVRO RJ, Airbus A319, A320, A321 and Airbus A330. He has held several airline management positions including Chief Instructor, Flight Training Manager and Head of Training.

He presently is Chief Instructor ATO with Aer Lingus in Dublin with Pilot Recruitment under his remit. In his operational capacity, he is a Type Rating Examiner/Instructor on the Airbus A320 fleet. He has been involved in many innovative projects including the introduction of Evidence Based Training, Competency Based Training and MPL Cadet Training at Aer Lingus.

He is also Secretary of the EASA Aircrew Training Policy Group.

He is a keen cyclist and avid sports fan. He spends is free time coaching as a certified GAA and Rugby coach.

Pilot Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 2

Heads of Training Panel Discussion

Juliana Oliveira
Juliana Oliveira, Senior Cabin Crew, Vueling S.A.

Juliana Oliveira is a Senior Cabin Crew Member with 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry.

Determined and driven by results. One of the things she finds important are people; specially the crew she works with. For her, it is important that each person she works with will feel empowered, motivated, and able to speak up.

With more than 20 years’ experience on customer service, made her attentive to details and willing to learn from each person and situation. She believes that opportunities must be given to each cabin crew to make sure that each cabin crew will stand out.

With her motivation comes her joyful personality and professionalism. Growth is her desire and each step she takes on the growth ladder is with the purpose to become a voice for those who have difficulties in having one.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 7

Making the Practicals a Practice

Chris Ranganathan
Captain Chris Ranganathan, Chief Learning Officer, Civil Aviation Training, CAE

An experienced pilot, Chris has been involved in pilot training and management for over 20 years, in an aviation career spanning more than 30 years.

During his career, he has led the operations and training departments at several airlines, where he was instrumental in the introduction of innovative training concepts such as AQP, EBT and MPL.

In his current role, he is responsible for leading CAE’s Global Civil Training Organisation, including Regulatory Affairs, Training Policy & Learning Science, Aviation Safety, Quality Assurance and Training Performance.

A former CAT Magazine Pioneer award winner, Chris holds a master’s degree in aviation management and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Pilot Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 4

Instructor Training for CBTA: A New Paradigm

Yann Renier
Captain Yann Renier, Head of Training and Licensing, IATA

Capt. Renier is Head of Training and Licensing within the Operations, Safety and Security (OSS) Division at IATA’s Headquarters in Montreal. In this position, he acts as Secretary of the IATA Pilot Training and Licensing Task Force and consequently is in charge of several major training initiatives including the Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) implementation support and the Evidence-Based Training (EBT) Data Report update. These projects imply Capt. Renier’s active contribution to the development of new international pilot training and licensing standards.

Capt. Renier joined IATA in June 2016 after 26 years of commercial air carrier experience, which included both domestic and international operations. Over these 26 years he held various positions, among which Chief Pilot Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Flight Standard Management Pilot, Line Training Captain, and Type Rating Instructor & Examiner.

Keynote Address
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022

Pilot Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 4

Competency-Based Training and Assessment Expansion

Fabian Riesen, CEO, VRM Switzerland

Fabian Riesen is the CEO of VRM Switzerland (VRMotion Ltd). In the last 20 years, Fabi, with a Degree in Electrical Engineering from 1998, has been developing various simulators. In 2014, he experimented to combined virtual reality (VR) with motion platforms. After his eMBA exam in 2016, Fabi has co-founded VRM-Switzerland which has qualified the first VR training device as a type-specific Robinson R22 FNPT II and Airbus H125 FTD level 3 under EASA regulation The company consists of an innovative team of over 30 passionate engineers, highly specialized developers and dedicated aviation experts. All mechanical designs and electronic circuits are designed and coordinated in-house. Another strength of the team is its proximity to flight schools and operators. Since 1999, Fabi has a PPL(A) SEP. During his time off, he enjoys staying with his family and being in the Swiss mountains, whereas he recently climbed all 48 summits above 4000m of the Swiss Alps, shortly before his 48th birthday.

Pilot Conference
Day 2 – Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Session 8

Evidence-Based Training Concepts Implemented on the First EASA Qualified Virtual Reality Training Device

Henrik Wiechel
Henrik Wiechel, Nominated Person Crew Member Training, Nova Airlines AB

Henrik Wiechel is the Nominated Person Crew member Training at Nova Airlines AB. He is a professional pilot with more than 20 years’ experience from commercial operation of the Saab 2000, B737 and A320. He is currently Senior Examiner on B737 and A320. His work experience focusses on various training roles including 4 years as Head of Training at Braathens Training ATO and 6 years as Flight Inspector for the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority where Henrik was focal point for FSTD and deputy Section Manager on the section for flight training. Henrik has implemented EBT at Nova Airlines as the first airline in Sweden and will be completing the mixed implementation phase during 2023.

Cabin Crew Conference
Day 1 – Tuesday 8th November 2022 – Session 3

Implementing EBT for Cabin Crew

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