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WATS 2017
WATS is the world's largest gathering of aviation training professionals serving airlines, regulators, training providers and the training industry with more than 1,200 expected from 50+ countries over three days of conference and tradeshow. WATS offers a relaxed yet professional environment conducive with developing new and building existing business relationships. WATS offers unrivalled opportunities to meet with your peers from the senior echelons of the international airline training community, to discuss the latest training issues and consider and learn how others have addressed and resolved these scenarios. Come see us at booth 306!
19th Annual WAI Conference
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.
NATS 2015
Come see us at the National training Aircraft Symposium The National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) is an annual event hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to bring together stakeholders who have interest in furthering efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training in a formal training, education and academy environment.
WATS 2015
The world's biggest gathering of aviation training professionals The 18th World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow will include six conference streams including:
  • World Airline Pilot Training
  • Regional Airline Pilot Training
  • Cabin Crew Training
  • Maintenance Training
  • Sesion en Lengua Espanola
  • Helicopter Pilot Training (New for 2015)
Stop by our booth and say hello! The 2015 Conference theme is 'Targeted Training Interventions and Aviation Safety.' This year's response to our Call for Papers has been very strong with highest quality and largest number of submissions to date. The Conference Program is expected to be announced on these pages from February 2nd.
AAB International 2015
Meeting Highlights Monday, February 23
  • Welcome Reception at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center
Tuesday, February 24
  • Committee Meetings
  • University Gateway Program
Wednesday, February 25
  • Committee Meetings
Thursday, February 26
  • Industry/Educator Forum--Educators Respond
  • Visiting Team Training Workshop
  • Forum Luncheon
  • Workshop on Industry Advisory Board--
  • Best Practices
  • Workshop on Policies, Procedures & Protocols
  • Reception & Dinner
WATS 2014
The world's biggest gathering of aviation training professionals The 17th World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow starts today. 950 people have registered in advance to attend from 52 countries and representing 96 airlines
NATS 2014
The National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) is an annual event hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to bring together stakeholders who have interest in furthering efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training in a formal training, education and academy environment.
UAA Fall Conference 2013
Expanding Boundaries - The Globalization of Collegiate Aviation Come join Talon Systems at the UAA Fall Education Conference, to be held at the San Juan InterContinental Hotel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 6 - 8, 2013, hosted by Inter American University of Puerto Rico.
Coach of the Year 2013
Talon Systems presented the Coach of the Year award to Michael Lefevre of Southern Illinois University. Congratulations, Michael!
Rocky Aviation Adds Industry-Leading Software
BILLINGS, MT-The Rocky Mountain College Aviation Program has begun using new state-of- the-art software from Talon Systems. This software places them on the leading edge of technology in aviation education, further improving their safety, maintenance, scheduling, and training. The aviation program used a Department of Education Title III grant as seed money to purchase Education and Training Administration (ETA) software. Approximately 75 students are currently flying in the program with grade books and syllabi that are completely electronic and accessible from anywhere. Josh Mlnarik, Director of Flight Operations, said, "Due to the numerous details that have to be tracked in flight training, ETA has improved our scheduling and record-keeping. It has also given us access to valuable information to help us easily evaluate, assess, and continuously improve our operation and program." Dan Hargrove, Director of Aviation, said it is now nearly impossible for a student to fly a lesson out of order, or not complete a required maneuver because of paperwork errors. "We've seen our efficiency improve dramatically, resulting in students completing flight labs in record time." This year, the program added Resource Maintenance System software which improves parts inventory control, maintenance inspection scheduling, and maintaining aircraft maintenance records. Doug Erickson, Director of Maintenance, said, "RMS has increased the visibility of our maintenance operation and has transformed the department to be proactive rather than reactive. Direct results include reduced shipping costs due to better parts management and reduced downtime of aircraft, allowing more available aircraft for student training." The third component of the software is directly related to the implementation of Safety Management Systems-an industry standard process for improving safety. "Pilots now can easily report the smallest of safety concerns-anonymously if they want-so that we can track them and make improvements before the issue becomes a big deal," said Tom Nelson, Director of Safety. He added, "Our reporting has more than doubled because of the new system, and we are safer because of it." The entire aviation program has over 100 students, which represents 10% of the student body at Rocky Mountain College. Graduates fly for airlines, the military, corporations, and in Alaska or manage airports and airlines. Hargrove noted, "Our graduates tell us their training and understanding of safety is better than that of their peers in their careers. We know these new software systems are making our program better and our graduates more marketable."
Management of Flight Training Evolves
Publication: Aviation International News online. Click here to view on the AIN website. Methods for ensuring pilot competence are high on the list of necessary requirements to improve global pilot training, which has been an industry hot-button issue since the crashes of Continental 3407 and Air France 447. "Graduation from a flight training program does not end a pilot's learning nor does [earning] a license or rating necessarily demonstrate a pilot's true level of competence," said Robert Barnes, president of the International Association of Flight Training Professionals (IAFTP). In a paper titled "Managing the Pilot Training Process To Help Ensure Pilot Competence," delivered at the ASEAN Aviation Training & Education Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, last month, Barnes explained how a training management system created by Talon Systems and the IAFTP is being used to ensure basic pilot competence at the Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA). The academy is using a training management system to ensure both the quality and effectiveness of its training program. SAFA is also issuing the IAFTP eCV-essentially an electronic resume-that securely tracks and verifies each graduate's personal flying career. Barnes explained that while management of flight training is not new, "the effective daily management of a pilot training program requires constant monitoring and decision-making based on accurate and current information. It requires an in-depth knowledge of students, instructors, aircraft, availabilities, regulations, course syllabus and many other factors and elements comprising the flight training domain. The challenge of ensuring the efficient graduation of competent pilots is far beyond the capability of any paper-based system."
Talon Mobile
Talon Systems releases the first version of the ETA mobile application in the Apple app store. This first version of the app is very simple, providing only a very limited capability. We are counting on the invaluable input of our users to help build future versions. So download it and send us your suggestions!
ITSEC 2009
Train to Fight - Fight to Win
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. Initiated in 1966 as the Naval Training Device Center/Industry Conference, the conference has evolved and expanded through increased participation by the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Industry. In 1979 it became known as the Interservice/Industry Training Equipment
20th Annual WAI Conference
A New Approach for Your Tomorrow Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.
IITSEC 2008
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. Initiated in 1966 as the Naval Training Device Center/Industry Conference, the conference has evolved and expanded through increased participation by the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Industry. In 1979 it became known as the Interservice/Industry Training Equipment Conference.
CAE
CAE Chooses ETA and RMS to manage flight training and maintenance operations for all CAE Global Academy schools!
AABI Winter Meeting
The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI, formerly CAA), has developed outcomes-based criteria for aviation programs that will adapt to a broader spectrum of collegiate aviation degrees. The implementation of the new criteria was July 2007. We invite you to attend the full-day Outcomes-based Visiting Team & Members Training Workshop Monday, February 18, 2008. Three Workshops will focus on training for the various constituencies: institutions, visiting team members and visiting team chairs. We strongly encourage you to attend-tell your administrators and bring your colleagues!
ITSEC 2007
Maintaing the Edge...Transforming the Force
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. Initiated in 1966 as the Naval Training Device Center/Industry Conference, the conference has evolved and expanded through increased participation by the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Industry. In 1979 it became known as the Interservice/Industry Training Equipment Conference.
Bridging Collegiate Aviation with Industry
The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation education to its members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of its members, this nonprofit organization plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of the aviation industry.
OSU – Coach of the Year Award award
Talon Systems is sponsoring the Coach of the Year Award award. Visit our booth at Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) Hosted by The Ohio State University at Rickenbacker International Airport The regional and national SAFECONs are NIFA's (The National Intercollegiate Flying Association) most important events held each year. The events held at both the regional and national SAFECON are very similar, however not exactly the same. Most of the regional SAFECONs are held in the fall, with some exceptions. The national SAFECON is always held in the spring, specifically between April 15 and June 1 as prescribed in the Rules and By-Laws of NIFA.
NATA EARU
The View From 2010: Air Traffic Management Innovation Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will convene the 2007 National Training Aircraft Symposium March 19-22 on its Daytona Beach campus. The theme of the annual event is "The View from 2010: Air Traffic Management Innovation." This year's meeting, sponsored by Embry-Riddle's College of Aviation at Daytona Beach, will spotlight developments in navigation and air traffic management from the cockpit. "Air traffic management innovation is the key to maintaining the capacity of our aviation system in the face of growing traffic and diversification of air transportation services," says Tim Brady, dean of the College of Aviation.
WMU RMS Implementation
Western Michigan University goes live with Talon Systems Resource Maintenance System (RMS)