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Bridging the Gap: Opportunities for Growth and Transformational Change in Diversity, Sustainability and Workforce Development

October 24th - October 26th, 2022

Daytona Beach, Florida

All previously submitted abstracts will be reviewed. If you submitted an abstract and do not wish to have it considered for the rescheduled conference, you may withdraw your submission in “My Account.”

Special Performance of The Flying Hobos

The Flying Hobos is an interactive living history play that demonstrates the life and accomplishments of the first African Americans to fly across the United States. In 1932, James Herman Banning and co-pilot, Thomas C. Allen, became the first Black pilots to fly coast-to-coast from Los Angeles, California to Long Island, New York.

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.

NTAS allows various stakeholders to discuss problems and potential solutions in areas such as flight training, human factors, leadership, aviation maintenance, safety, technology, virtual reality, air traffic management, urban air mobility, 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.

Join us Fall 2022 as we discuss some of the most important issues of the day related to training, workforce development, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), and sustainability. Our conference will address current DE&I challenges and how we can collaborate to create a future that offers everyone the opportunity and ability to thrive.

The Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research (JAAER) is the official journal of NTAS.

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Workforce Development

  • Pilot supply issues
  • Aviation Maintenance technician shortage
  • Aviation & STEM Education
  • Establishing career pathways in aviation

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Embracing diversity in the workforce
  • Increasing the talent pool through DE&I initiatives
  • Successful DE&I initiatives in industry and higher education
  • Flight training in a more inclusive environment

Flight Training

  • Challenges and opportunities for pilots
  • Aerial system sustainability
  • Integrated airspace issues

Sustainability: The Future is Now

  • How sustainability initiatives are driving innovation in the industry
  • How to foster important discussions about sustainability in the collegiate environment
  • Supporting a growing aviation sector while reducing the carbon footprint
  • Air traffic management, technology and sustainability


  • Regulatory changes on the horizon
  • Growing opportunities for a growing UAS industry
  • Innovation in the UAS space

Advanced Air Mobility

  • Developing the AAM ecosystem
  • Market developments in the AAM space
  • AAM and sustainability

Aviation Safety

  • Data monitoring and advances in technology
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Cybersecurity

Technological & Aviation: Advances in Training

  • Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality in Aviation Training
  • Research highlighting the benefits of virtual and augmented training applications
  • Artificial intelligence and automation

Browse the contents of 2022 - Bridging the Gap:

Day 2 Tuesday, October 25
Keynote Speakers