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Canadian Air Force Training: Brigadier General Phil Garbutt

Fresh from his briefing at Military Flight training 2015, Brig. Gen. Phil Garbutt elaborates on the current Canadian strategy for training pilots for its next generation fighter and the unique challenges that the Canadian environment presents to aviators.

BAE Systems: Training Solutions for the Modern Aviator

The British-made Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer currently provides pilot training for 21 of the world's air forces. Archie Neill, business development director for BAE's defence information, training and services unit, takes Defence IQ through the benefits the company's solutions provide during the annual Military Flight Training conference (London, UK).

Military Flight Training: What the event offers

Every year, the Military Flight Training event takes place in London, UK, to bring together the best minds in the community, including military leadership, solution providers and aviation instructors. Unparalleled as a conference in this space, this global forum is the must-attend event to understand the challenges for tomorrow's pilots and to network with the world's leading Primes and Tier Two providers. Don't just take our word for it - find out what our recent attendees thought...

US Air Force Flight Training: Major General Mike Keltz

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz is Commander, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio–Randolph, Texas, which trains more than 30,000 U.S. and allied students annually. The training ranges from entry-level undergraduate flying training through advanced combat crew training, and ultimately provides fully qualified aircrew personnel to the warfighting commands. At Military Flight Training 2015, Keltz discusses the new USAF training strategy with Defence IQ and the thinking behind the newly released requirements for the active T-X trainer programme.

Turkish Air Force: Brigadier General Recep Unal

The Chief of Air Training for the Turkish Air Force discusses the nation's plans and priorities as they head towards the full introduction of its next generation fighter aircraft.

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Market report 2016/17

The annual Defence IQ Military Flight Training Market Report covers international inventories of fast-jet and helicopter trainers, key national requirements and an overview of the health of the global flight training market, with insight into those working in this field in both an operational and business capacity.

The World’s Air Forces operate 7, 417 fixed-wing training aircraft, with a further 737 on order. These represent increases of 3.9% and 17.9% respectively, over 2014. 24.9% of the total fleet is in North America, with 25.1% in Asia-Pacific and 22.7% in Europe. Of those on order, 33.9% are in Asia-Pacific, with 26.7% in the Middle-East, 5.6% in North America, 16.1% in Europe and 15.7% in Latin America. Latin America has seen the largest growth rate, both in its training fleet (an increase of 10.8%) and numbers on order (increased by 65.7%) over the last year...

Changing the Training Paradigm to Maximize Readiness

Colonel Bradley M. “Critter” Crites is commander of the Air  Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS), which is the lead agent for centralized management of Air Force cross- functional and shared live, virtual and constructive operational  training (LVC-OT) foundational capabilities and resources supporting the Air Force service core functions. As commander, Crites is responsible for overseeing Air Force initiatives for enterprise solutions that will help build an efficient foundation to achieve “Readiness Thru LVC,” and allow warfighters to maximise performance and decision-making.

LVC will be a key theme at the Military Flight Training 2017 event. Read this interview to get a senior U.S. perspective on approaching LVC training...

Bringing trust and "inzpiration" back to defence partnerships

Hugh Griffiths is Chief Executive and one of the founders of Inzpire, a UK company providing mission systems and managed services – including COTS hardware such as the GECO advanced tablet systems, and a huge range of training and analytics solutions for the likes of aviation, intelligence and counter terrorism. He talked with Defence IQ about the company’s rise and why he believes the industry needs an attitude change when it comes to engaging in business with military end-users…

Read this article to learn how commercial start-ups are impacting the military flight training market.

Polish Air Force prepares to take delivery of M-346 trainer

November will see the Polish Air Force take delivery of the first of eight M-346 Master lead-in fighter trainer aircraft from Leonardo-Finmeccanica, marking what is set to be one of the early landmarks in a run of new military flight training investment within Central and Eastern Europe. Electromagnetic testing has taken place within an anechoic chamber and a phase of experimental and certification flights is beginning. A second Polish M-346 is scheduled to fly by the end of September to test the jet’s braking parachute among other capabilities. 

The M-346 has already been adopted in Israel and Italy, and feedback from these nations is proving valuable. In this feature article, Defence IQ explores these recent experiences and why this development in Poland is ushering in a new wave of regional investment into the flight training market.

Read this article for insight into trainer investment and interoperability with supporting assets.


Libyan Air Force working with Europe to rebuild capabilities

As regime change continues to bring new signs of stability, the General National Congress in Libya is reported to have approved a massive ten per cent of the national budget to rebuilding the country’s military forces, amounting to $4.7 billion of funds ready to be spent on modern systems. A senior Libyan Air Force officer was quoted by UAE newspaper The National as confirming the figures and identifying ageing equipment as a major vulnerability for a country that not only holds vast oil reserves, but also a 2,000km coastline and borderlines with six different African nations...


Military Flight Training: What to Expect

The Military Flight Training conference goes from strength to strength year on year. Find out what the discussions entail, who attends, and how our audience benefits from attending.

BAE Systems: Planning for the U.S. T-X programme

Robert Wood, Vice President/General Manager of BAE Systems Inc, discusses the requirements for the impending T-X programme - the U.S. Air Force plan to replace its fleet of jet trainers - and why the company believes it has a strong chance of winning the contract.

Boeing: Progress and trends in flight training

Mark McGraw, Vice President of Training Systems and Government Systems at Boeing, reveals his perspective on the most interesting developments, trends and challenges for those involved in the military flight training domain, from operators to solution-providers.

Pilot Training Challenges of the Botswana Defence Force

Lt Col James Maphanyane, Commander of the Botswana Defence Force's Flight Training School, tells Defence IQ about his nation's programme structure, the opportunities for joint and multinational training, and how education is to be balanced in the coming years. 

AgustaWestland: Rotorcraft training

Simon Dawes, Business Development Executive for Training at AgustaWestland, explains the current demands for helicopter pilot training and why end-users must look at the "complete package" to best understand the resources available to them.


2017 Attendee List

Download the 2017 attendee list to find out who was at the event earlier this year.