Rotary Pilot Training remains a key element for defence forces looking for air superiority in current and future helicopter missions.  As militaries look to extend their vast helicopter fleets, the growth in modernisaton and increased use of synthetic training has lead many armies, navies and air forces to re-examine how they structure and execute the onboarding and continued growth of

This workshop will aim to explore the challenges facing military flying training organisations as they align more closely with Civil Aviation regulations and look to the future of training in an era of dwindling budgets and increased deployments.

Understand the recent transformation of UK Military Flying Training
Explore the development of Competency Based Training in the RAF
Understand the challenges of applied flying training in complex environments
Explore the cost/benefits of different aircraft types and systems for flying training

Helicopter Programme Managers

Flight Training Directors and experts

Chief Test Pilots

Training Instructors

industry professionals with services able to advance rotary flight training delivery

Workshop LEADER


Peter Dean

Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army

Major Pete Dean retired from the British Army in 2014 after 16 years in the Army Air Corps. During this time, he flew Lynx Mk7 in Iraq, AH-64D in Afghanistan and commanded 670 Sqn AAC, delivering the Army’s Operational Training Phase to new pilots at Middle Wallop. He now offers insights to military and civilian clients on flying training and aviation matters.

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration & Coffee

13:10 Aircraft Selection for Military Flight Training

Peter Dean

Peter Dean, Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army
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·         Single vs Twin-engine
·         Live / Synthetic Balance
·         Simple vs complex aircraft

13:40 Training Methodology in Military Flight Training

Peter Dean

Peter Dean, Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army
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·         Current CFS(H) Style
·         vs
·         Competency Based Training
·         Provision of training materials via new media

14:10 Afternoon Tea

14:40 Applied Training for Military Skills

Peter Dean

Peter Dean, Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army
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·         NVG
·         Tactical Training
·         Operation of Sights and Sensors
·         Environmental Training

15:10 Case Study – UK Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS)

Peter Dean

Peter Dean, Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army
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·         Existing training system (DHFS)
·         vs
·         Future MFTS

15:40 Closing Remarks

Peter Dean

Peter Dean, Director, St Andrew's Aviation , British Army
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16:00 Closing Remarks and Close of Workshop


Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Road
London SW7 4DN
United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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