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November’s aviation training event signs up new sponsors

November’s aviation training event signs up new sponsors

The first annual Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE 2011) has already attracted two top aviation training institutes as sponsors, high-level aviation executives to speak at the conference, as well as new exhibitors in its dedicated pavilion. GATE 2011 is taking place on 14 and 15 November, at the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 13 to 17 November at the city’s Airport Expo and is aimed at key policy-makers in flight training. Sponsored by UK- and New Zealand-based CTC Aviation Group plc and Pan Am International Flight Academy of the USA, GATE 2011 comprises a conference and a dedicated exhibition pavilion. The theme of the conference is ‘Averting the Crisis: Selection & Training of Middle East-based Flight Crew for the Next Generation’, and the latest speakers signed up are Captain Martin Mahoney, SVP Flight Training at Emirates Airline, Captain David Chapman, Head of Flight Operations at the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and Dick Verberg, Chairman and CEO of EPST, a pilot selection and training institute based in The Netherlands, and CEO of Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS). They join speakers already confirmed from Etihad Airways and flydubai. The GATE Pavilion, located in one of the Dubai Airshow exhibition halls, has recently welcomed two new exhibitors – Fujairah Aviation Academy and the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK). GATE 2011 Conference Director Captain Ed Davidson - who is Vice President of International Aviation for global air transport consultancy Tetra Tech, said: “Commercial airlines across the Middle East realise that a shortage in flight crew numbers is heading towards a tipping point and that now is the time to address the issue of not only how to attract young people to train as pilots to meet the airlines’ staffing requirements in the future, but how to build up training facilities to accommodate the cadets. “The fact that GATE 2011 has attracted such prestigious sponsors such as CTC and Pan Am, plus key speakers from the UAE’s leading airlines, shows that participation in this event is essential for policy-makers in flight training and its that high level of dialogue that distinguishes it from similar training and selection conferences,” he added. Capt Davidson will lead the policy-makers in drafting a GATE Memorandum at the end of the conference. Two globally-recognised leaders in the field of aviation training have agreed to share their expertise and lead the conference as Keynote Speakers - Captain Randolph Babbitt, Administrator of the US FAA, and William Voss, CEO of US-based Flight Safety Foundation. Delegates wishing to participate in GATE 2011 will also have access to the full five days of the Dubai Airshow and will receive an extended Early Bird discount if registering before 7 October. Registration is online now at www.gates.aero The Dubai Airshow is set to be the biggest yet, with up to 1,000 exhibitors expected from 50 countries and more than 55,000 trade visitors. The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in association with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.

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