Pilot Conference

EATS is entirely dedicated to airline simulation and training, allowing you to discover the latest innovative training solutions for pilots and cabin crew. Supported by the training industry and subject matter experts, the EATS 2023 conference will provide practical solutions for day to day challenges and offer key insights into the future of the industry.

Presentations and moderated discussions led by industry and airline experts will allow the airline training community to share best practice, lessons learned and the challenges of recovery and return to growth.

Conference Chair: Captain Jacques Drappier

Day 1 – Wednesday 8th November 2023

 0900-1030  Session 1 – Opening Remarks (combined Pilot, ATO & Cabin Crew)
1) Jesper Rasmussen, Flight Standards Director, EASA
2) Captain Marió Chavez, Chief Operations Officer, TAP Air Portugal
3) Captain Andy Mitchell, Chair, Aircrew Training Policy Group (ATPG)

1030-1115  Coffee Break

1115-1245  Session 2 – AMFTA & EASA Update (Pilot & ATO)
1) Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré,  Founder & President, AMFTA
Inconsistencies in the Aviation Training System: A Pilot’s Perspective
2) EASA Aircrew and Medical

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 3 – EBT
1) Michael Varney, CEO, Salient
10 Years On – Defining Success in Evidence-Based Training
2) Carey Edwards, Managing Director & Sarah Skelton, Training Consultant, LMQ Ltd.
A Deeper Insight into Flight Crew Competencies
3) Captain Cameron Ruckley, Training Manager Operational Standards, easyJet
Turning Theory into Practice; Using Data Effectively to Demonstrably Improve Recurrent Training

1545-1630  Coffee Break

1630-1800  Session 4 – Human Element
1) Captain Owen Sims, Aviation Lecturer, Instructor and Examiner
Real-World Insight into Pilot Mental Health
2) Captain Savio Schmitz, Senior Examiner/Standards Training Captain A380, Emirates Airline
UPRT 2080
3) Arianna Hoffmann, Senior Research Analyst and Consultant, Human Capital Management and Performance
Cognitive Function and the Connection to Training Performance

1800-1900  Exhibitor Hospitality Reception

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Day 2 – Thursday 9th November 2023

0900-1030  Session 5 – CBTA
1) Stuart Gruber, Sr. Airline Training Deployment Manager, Boeing Global Services
Industry Progress for CBTA
2) Captain Stéphan Labrucherie, Head of Flight Training Worldwide, Airbus
Instructors & CBTA: Sharing Best Practice
3) Captain Pieterjan De Jaeger, Fleet Training Manager A32F, Brussels Airlines
Observable Behaviour Training: The Instructor as Role Model

1030-1115  Coffee Break

1115-1245  Session 6 – Technology & Human Factors
1) Mark Soodeen, Director Innovation & Technology, CAE & Captain Daniel Gan, Head of Evidence-Based Training, Singapore Airlines
The Use of Eye Tracking Technologies and Data in Support of CBTA
2) Aleksandra Kapela, Associate Aviation Psychologist, Symbiotics
Enhancing Pilot Psychological Assessments ThroughVirtual Reality Technologies: Game Changer for ATOs and Airlines
3) TBD

1245-1415  Lunch

1415-1545  Session 7 – Technology (Pilot & ATO)
1) Captain Shane Carroll, Head of Training Software COC, Airbus & Gilad Scherpf, Senior Director Aviation Training Development, Lufthansa Group
XR Training in 2023: Use Cases, Challenges and Successes
2) Neil Waterman, Commercial Aviation Director, Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi)
Simulated ATC Environments: Stop Pretending You’re an ATC Controller!
3) Markus Heinonen, Varjo
Optimising Flight Training by Using XR

1545-1630 Coffee Break 

1630-1800  Session 8 – Inclusion (combined Pilot, ATO & Cabin Crew)
1) Yirou Fang, Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki
Boosting Gender Equality in Airline Training: A Two-Phase Intervention
2) Peter Hogston, Head of Training, L3Harris Commercial Aviation
The Compromise of Achieving Diversity
3) Captain Filip Aerts, Nominated Person Crew Training, Brussels Airlines
Looking Back, But Most of All Looking Ahead: Female Leadership at Brussels Airlines

EATS 2023 Conference Team


Captain Jacques Drappier
Conference Chair, EATS


Anna Mellberg
Cabin Crew Conference Moderator


Fiona Greenyer
Conference Coordinator

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