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International air training community to gather at Military Flight Training event in London
As defence budgets worldwide face cutbacks and programs look for low-cost solutions, air training officers are set to meet with industry specialists and each other to determine the best course of forward action.
Senior military and industry experts on flight training for fast-jet, rotary wing, multi-engine and UAV platforms will discuss cost-effective measures in delivering best practices throughout the training pipeline at the 10th anniversary of Defence IQ’s Military Flight Training conference (www.militaryflighttraining.com)
The 10th anniversary of Military Flight Training will open with a keynote presentation from Air Commodore Andrew Sudlow, Director of Flying Training for the Royal Air Force and a key figure in implementing UK MFTS. Air Cdr. Sudlow will provide a briefing on the direction of the UK MFTS program and the impact of the SDSR on flight training initiatives. Air Cdr. Sudlow will hold the presentation together with Sir Barry Thornton, the managing director of UK MFTS lead industry partner, Ascent Flying Training.
Speaking about the event, Colonel Paul Keddy, Air Advisor and part of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in London said: “The event provides a welcome opportunity to engage with global military flight training commanders and experts”. Leading the Canadian delegation at the event is Brigadier General Rick R. Pitre, Commander of the 2nd Canadian Air Division.
This event will examine the emerging requirements of leading military flight training programs and the steps being deployed to prepare forces for the reality of coalition operations in-theatre. Recognised as the world's leading event for the global military flight training community, the event hosts commanders of leading flight training initiatives including ENJJPT, AEJPT, AJeTS, NFTC and UK MFTS amongst others.
Additional leading military figures who will be speaking at the event include:
- Brigadier General Morten Klever, Chairman, ENJJPT Steering Committee;
- Brigadier General Werner Epper, Commander Flight Training Unit 31, Swiss Air Force;
- Group Captain Mark ‘Jock’ Brown, Commandant, Defence Helicopter Flying School, RAF;
- Colonel Alessandro Bartomeoli, Commander, 61st Training Wing, Italian Air Force;
- Colonel Rama Iyer, Director, Training, Education & Development, South African Air Force;
- Captain Thomas E. Broderick, Chief of Staff, US Naval Air Training Command;
- Andrew Gray, Helicopter Projects Manager, European Defence Agency and many more.
Leading solution providers at hand, presenting and exhibiting at the event already include BAE Systems, Agusta Westland, FlightSafety International, Hawker Beechcraft, RUAG Aviation, Futura Simulations, Cobham, FR Aviation Ltd, Goodrich Corp. and Environmental Tectronics Corp.
For further details about the conference, visit http://www.militaryflighttraining.com/
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