07 - 09 December, 2020
Hilton Syon Park, London, United Kingdom

DAY THREE | 2 APRIL

8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

Air Marshal (Ret’d) Stuart Evans, Deputy Commander at NATO Allied Air Command (2016-2019)

Air Marshal (Ret’d) Stuart Evans

Deputy Commander
NATO Allied Air Command (2016-2019)

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Anthony J. Rock, Inspector General U.S. Air Force (2016 –2017) at US Air Force

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Anthony J. Rock

Inspector General U.S. Air Force (2016 –2017)
US Air Force

·          Improving tactical aviation mission capable readiness for the future fight against near-peer opponents
·          Enhancing critical operational training infrastructure, manning, availability of flying hours, and the training syllabus
·          Incorporating the T-7 to ensure seamless progression through the pilot pipeline into front-line aircraft
·          Mitigating the pilot shortage through accelerated training and innovative ground-based threat emulation
·          Advancing Red Air training to enable readiness for high-intensity operations 
Brigadier General James R. Sears Jr., Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, AETC Command at US Air Force

Brigadier General James R. Sears Jr.

Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, AETC Command
US Air Force

9:30 am - 10:00 am REINFORCING CREDIBLE AIRPOWER DELIVERY

·          Evaluating Adir F-35 pilots’ performance of sorties in advanced simulators
·          Transforming 5th generation pilot training by developing LVC technologies
·          Networking simulators and integrating 4th and 5th generation fighter aircraft into combined LVC exercises
·          Building resilience and robustness for operations in an information-dominated battlespace
Lieutenant General Tamotsu Kidono, Commander Air Training Command at Japan Air Self-Defence Force

Lieutenant General Tamotsu Kidono

Commander Air Training Command
Japan Air Self-Defence Force

·          Strong, Secure, Engaged: procuring a new-generational fighter fleet to retain air superiority
·          NATO Flying Training in Canada: upgrading classroom instruction, simulator and flight training, and on-site support activities
·          Contracted Flying Training and Support and the Future Aircrew Training Programme: outlining expected procurement and contract requirements
·          Evaluating the need for ongoing pilot training and training for air combat systems officers and airborne electronic sensor operators
Colonel Pete Saunders, Director Air Simulation and Training Directorate at Royal Canadian Air Force

Colonel Pete Saunders

Director Air Simulation and Training Directorate
Royal Canadian Air Force

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 am - 12:30 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS

Attendees are required to select their roundtable discussion as a part of the registration process. Each roundtable will invite 15 participants to discuss the proposed topic for 90 minutes in the plenary room. Each roundtable will be run by experts in their field drawn from industry and military ,who will gear the discussion and propose questions for debate. Following the interactive discussions, we will ask round table leaders to summarise key points into a short write-up and report them to the conference organisers. A post-show report with the findings will be created and publicised among the online community.
Colonel Łukasz Piątek, Chief of Training  2nd FW at Polish Air Force Inspectorate

Colonel Łukasz Piątek

Chief of Training 2nd FW
Polish Air Force Inspectorate

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 1. CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Depleting manpower is aggravating the global pilot shortage. This interactive discussion group will welcome perspectives on ways to improve pilot screening and recruitment. The roundtablet will invite participants to analyse methods to decrease attrition rates and allow greater pilot progression through the pipeline. How can air forces preserve and increase the pool of applicants? Should social media play a greater role to attract Generation Z applicants? What values should air forces encompass to retain valuable cadres and meet the pilot instructor shortage?

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 2. TRAINING MANAGEMENT

The training syllabus requires innovative elements to appeal to the new generation of applicants and match their way of learning. This interactive discussion group will assess training optimisation through COTS technologies and training management applications. How can air forces use learning management to ensure accurate and efficient flight training?
How can air forces enable effectibe collaboration and use of real-time mission critical information in budget controlled environments? 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 3. VR/AR FOR FUTURE AIRMEN

Experimentation in the US demonstrated the growing potential of VR, AR and MR for elementary pilot training. As the availability of live flight training hours continues to be insufficient, air forces require greater fidelity, more effective ground based training, and more advanced threat emulation. A fully immersive VR system could offer a feasible solution that would cut costs and accelerate pipeline progression. What opportunities, advantages, and risks does VR present? What are the challenges of introducing VR to the training syllabus? Can VR replace the tried and tested flight simulator as demonstrated by PTN?

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4. SYNTHETIC TRAINING FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS

Synthetic training presents a cost saving and enables training for higher intensity operations, which cannot be conducted in a live environment. However, does ground-based training emulate threats to the highest degree? Simulators do not track the student’s biometrics, such as heart rate and pupil measurement, how can synthetic training become more immersive? How can fidelity be enhanced?

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 5. ACCELERATED PIPELINE PROGRESSION

Pilot production levels need to increase in order to retain high readiness for the full spectrum of operations in the air & space domains. How can air forces accelerate trainig without compromising the quality of education? Will AI-enabled technologies accelerate training through tailored courses? Is AI premature to apply to more advanced stages of training? What innovative solutions can be incorporated to produce qualified personnel at greater speed?  

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 6. OUTSOURCED TRAINING

As the pilot instructure gap is widening, air forces need to consider solutions to maintain and increase pilot production levels. Without an in-house capability to train airmen, other methods including outsourced training, multinational exercises, and pooling & sharing of resources need to be considered.
This IDG will explore outsourced flight training and the role industry plays in the fight. Is outsourced training an effective cost-saving? What are the advantages and risks?

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 7. LVC AND INTEGRATED TRAINING

The components of LVC are clear, however the integration piece remains to be a challenge. Network management and tuneable configurations are required to create a robust system and provide distributed training to the warfighter. How can industry and the operator mitigate the integration challenge to enable effective LVC? Is LVC a premature concept for smaller ir forces? How can LVC be applied in a mixed fleet of new and legacy platforms? 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 8. ADVANCED AND OPERATIONAL CONVERSION TRAINING

As the operating environment is becoming more complex, congested, and information-dominated, training needs to adapt to support missions in contested battlespaces. This interactive dsicussion group will assess the pilot pipeline and advanced training. The recent conflict in Ukraine underpinned the growing propensity of EW by the adversary. How should air forces adapt training to better prepare for operations in denied environments? How can air forces enhance training for EW? Should Red Air be contracted to external parties?

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 9. TRAINING FOR 5TH GEN AND FUTURE COMBAT AIR SYSTEMS

The future combat air system will require the transformation of operational conversion training to support rapid IOC and integration. The next generation fighter aircraft will operate with loyal wingmen and autonomous assets in a multi-domain context. What trainer aircraft will be necessary to allow seamless operational conversion? How should the training system change to support evolving CONOPs and TTPs?

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm THE MOMENTUM PLAN: GREATER LETHALITY, REACH, AND READINESS

·          Advanced training: maintaining high readiness of F-15 and F-35 fleets
·          Enhancing communications for intelligence gathering and increasing training exercises in urban environments
·          Integrating LVC and high fidelity simulation for current and future operations
·          Employing VR/AR tools and AI-enabled technologies to enhance ground-based training capability 
Lieutenant Colonel Ido Arev, Head of Fighter Exercise Branch at Israeli Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Ido Arev

Head of Fighter Exercise Branch
Israeli Air Force

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ALIGNING TRAINING TO THE NEXT GENERATION AIR FORCE

·          Transforming the training system in anticipation of the future combat air system
·          Training for operations in degraded environments: assessing EW and networked lethality
·          Evaluating trainer requirements for next generation fighter aircraft 
Confirmed Senior Representative, Representing Chief Inspector at German Air Force

Confirmed Senior Representative

Representing Chief Inspector
German Air Force

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE COMBAT AIR SYSTEM

·          As fighter aircraft become more advanced, the training system needs to adapt in line with platform developments. What trainer aircraft will allow air forces to prepare pilots for future combat air systems? How will the transition take place?
·          How should air forces integrate LVC to dominate the future fight? How will future combat air systems operate with legacy fleets of aircraft?
·          Future combat air systems will have new CONOPs. How should training transform to match new concepts and doctrine?
·          What solutions should be incorporated to prepare for MUM-T in the air domain? 

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm CHAIRMENS' CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING