National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)


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31st National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)
August 13 - 15, 2018
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida

August 13 - 15, 2018: The Changing Role of the Pilot

Call for Abstracts Extended - New Deadline: April 2, 2018

If you haven’t submitted an abstract/brief summary already, please consider doing so.
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2018 Call for Abstracts for Papers, Posters, or Presentations

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts (for Papers, Posters, or Presentations) for the 2018 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) has been extended to April 2. The conference will be held August 13-15, 2018, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus.

We invite abstract proposals based on the topic areas listed below in the conference details. (For planning purposes, we ask that an abstract/brief summary be submitted for traditional conference presentations/non-academic research papers, as well.) Additional information is available via the Abstract Information link under the Author Corner in the left sidebar of this page. The submission period has been extended to April 2. For questions regarding the Call for Abstracts, please contact

Action & Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 19, 2018 Extended to April 2

Abstract Decision to Author(s) 

April 30, 2018

Poster Submission Deadline

July 30, 2018

Presentation Submission Deadline

July 30, 2018


August 13-15, 2018

Paper Submission Deadline (optional)

September 1, 2018

(for publishing consideration in special conference peer-reviewed journal)

Submit your abstract proposal for the 2018 conference (< click here).

Post-Conference Workshops Just Announced (< click here)

Embry-Riddle’s Professional Programs is pleased to announce three post-conference workshops on Wednesday, August 15. Click the links below for details.

Workshop 1: Aircraft Accident Investigation (1:00 – 4:00pm) – Cost: $50
Workshop 2: Aviation Cybersecurity Management (1:00 – 4:00pm) – Cost: $50
Workshop 3: Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) (1:00 – 4:00pm) – Cost: $50

Register for Post-Conference Workshops (< click here)

2018 Conference Details

The National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS) serves as a forum for aviation professionals from academia, government, and industry to exchange ideas and learn about ways to address problems in the aviation industry. With the technological advances in automation and the advent of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), this year’s theme is focused on The Changing Role of the Pilot.

NTAS is focused on serving as a platform to enhance partnerships between academia and industry. The symposium allows various stakeholders to discuss problems and potential solutions in areas such as pilot supply, flight training, safety, technology, leadership, virtual reality, STEM education, and other emerging issues in aviation. This forum is committed to providing a venue for aviation professionals to interact with one another, to explore new ideas, and to build new relationships that result in better training and education.

This year's symposium will be dedicated to the following areas:

• Flight Training
- Ab initio flight training
- Advanced flight training
- Changes to FAA written exams
- Outcomes of ATP-R
- Strategies / Successes in mentoring school-age children about aviation careers
• Integrated Airspace (Manned vs. Unmanned)
• NextGen — What's been done and what lies ahead
• Pilot Supply
• Professionalism / Leadership
• Safety Management Systems integration
- Airlines
- FBOs
- Incorporating Human Factors
• Aviation Maintenance
- Maintenance technician shortage
- Human factors integration
• Technology
- New technologies for ab initio flight training
- Transition to changing technologies
- Benefits and drawbacks of automation
- Cybersecurity
• Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality in Aviation Training
• Personal Air Vehicles — Challenges and opportunities for pilots
- Training
- Implications for pilots

2017 Conference proceedings are available via individual presentation pages (< click here) and the daily agenda links for all presentations including keynote speakers, featured speakers, etc.

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Browse the contents of National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS):

2018 - The Changing Role of the Pilot
2017 - Training Pilots of the Future: Techniques & Technology
2016 - Pilot Supply, Regulatory Compliance, & Training Equipment