Military Experts to Discuss Challenges of Global Pilot Shortages at Military Flight Training 2018

Top Quote SMi Reports: The effect of global pilot shortages and flight training techniques are topics set to be discussed at the 7th Annual Military Flight Training Conference next month in London. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 08, 2018 - In just over 4 weeks, SMi’s 7th annual Military Flight Training conference will be commencing on the 10th and 11th October in London, where military and industry experts will give in-depth presentations on the latest advancements in the military flight training industry.

    In recent news, the pilot shortage continues to plague the aviation community, as the commanding general of the Army's Aviation Center of Excellence stated that they're "short pilots ... we are under our authorization for aviators, most predominantly seen in the AH-64 community".

    He also revealed that the service is approximately 6 years away from reversing its shortage of pilots for the AH-64 Apache and other rotary-wing aircraft, via increased acquisitions of new pilots and paying retention bonuses to seasoned pilots.

    It's predicted that in the next 18 months, 33% of the active-component warrant officer aviation population will be retirement-eligible, creating an even bigger issue as this will mean a deficiency in experienced aviators.*

    Challenges associated with pilot shortages, advances in simulation and synthetic training, and flight training tactics are key presentation topics at this year's 7th annual Military Flight Training conference.

    The two-day conference will feature an international line-up of expert military and industry speakers set to give high-level briefings on the 3 main platforms: fast jet, fixed wing and rotary wing training.

    Delegates will have the chance to hear from international military decision-makers giving their thoughts and perspectives on the challenges and future possibilities of flight training, with an afternoon on day two dedicated to future helicopter training improvements and strategies, as well as academic perspectives on flight training.

    Featured Helicopter Training Expert Speakers:
    Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Commander, Hungarian Air Force presenting on: The Challenges of Hungarian Military Rotary Wing Pilot Training

    • Operational training programmes
    • The role of the 86th Szolnok Air Base
    • Hungarian Air Force plans for the future

    Wing Commander (Ret’d) Andrew Gray, Former Helicopter Programme Manager, European Defence Agency presenting on: Multinational Helicopter Training

    • Why do we need it?
    • What are we doing now?
    • What should we do in the future?
    • What are the opportunities and threats?

    Book your place and view the latest agenda and speaker line-up, as well as other exclusive content on the event website at

    Military Flight Training
    10th – 11th October 2018
    Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, UK


    About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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