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What Does It Take to Train the Pilots of the Future ?

What Does It Take to Train the Pilots of the Future? Find Out at the National Training Aircraft Symposium, Aug. 14 – 16 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, now in its 30th year, is focused on current research conducted in academia and industry in areas ranging from pilot supply and flight training, to technology and leadership in aviation. Visit the conference website for more information and registration.

Boost Your NTAS Experience with Hypoxia Awareness or Situational Awareness Post-Conference Workshops. Embry-Riddle’s Professional Programs is offering two Post-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, August 16. Registration deadline for these workshops is July 31.

Full Hypoxia Awareness Course – Aug. 16, 10 a.m. – Experience your own symptoms of hypoxia while training in Embry-Riddle’s High Altitude Laboratory. Learn more

What You Don’t Know About Situational Awareness – Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. – Operate a simulator to better understand and evaluate situational awareness. Read more.

Post-conference workshop registration closes July 31. Reserve your seat now to expand on your NTAS experience. Not registered for NTAS yet? Check out the outstanding lineup we’re offering at Embry-Riddle Aug. 14 to 16 in Daytona Beach!

Keynote & Featured Speakers at NTAS 2017

Keynote: U.S. Air Force Major General Tommy J. Williams will discuss strategic measures the Air Force is taking to address the pilot shortage and a proposed public-private partnership.  General Williams, an Embry-Riddle alumnus, is the mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role, he assists in formulating policy that supports air, space, irregular warfare, counter proliferation, homeland security, weather and cyber operations.

The Honorable Christopher Hart, member and immediate past Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Hart has also served as Deputy Director, Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, and Assistant Administrator for System Safety, both at the FAA and as Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Michael McGee, Ph.D., Adjunct Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation His research focuses on a variety of aviation, defense, and security related subjects for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

Mark Baker, of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Baker has had a distinguished career in top leadership positions at companies including The Home Depot, Gander Mountain, and Orchard Supply Hardware.President and CEO

John S. Duncan, Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA – Duncan oversees the development, coordination and execution of policies, standards, systems and procedures, and program plans that govern the operations, maintenance and airworthiness of all U.S. civil aircraft. This includes those of U.S. and foreign carriers when operating in and over the United States, its territories and possessions.

Gregory J. Bowles, Vice President for Global Innovation & Policy at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Bowles is responsible for developing new paths for the integration of emerging general aviation technologies and assessing technological shifts that may require changes to the way general aviation aircraft are designed, manufactured, maintained, or operated.

Visit the conference website for more information and registration. For NTAS questions, please call (386) 226-6754 or email [email protected].

Thank you to Gold Eagle Sponsor Diamond Aircraft, Blue Eagle Sponsors Textron Aviation, Frasca Flight Simulation and Piper, and White Eagle sponsors Endeavor Air, Flight Level Engineering, L3 Aviation Products and Talon Systems.

About Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation in Daytona Beach

The College of Aviation (COA) degree programs meet the needs of aviation students of the 21st century and set the standard for high-level quality education demanded by the aviation profession. Our 100-plus faculty members and the courses in the COA’s five departments — Aeronautical ScienceApplied Aviation ScienceAviation Maintenance ScienceFlight, and Graduate and Doctoral Studies — will prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in the global aviation industry and related fields. 

The College’s state-of-the-art facilities include the most sophisticated flight simulation center in the world, cutting-edge laboratories dedicated to airline operations, spaceflight, aviation maintenance, broadcast meteorology, aerospace forensics and air traffic management. COA’s fleet of more than 60 electronically supported, ADSB-equipped single and twin engine aircraft average 275 flights a day.

MEDIA CONTACT  – James Roddey, Director of Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-6198; [email protected]

For NTAS questions, please call (386) 226-6754 or email [email protected].


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at

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