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Challenges of Modern Air Training and System Solution



Czech Air Force MG Petr Čepelka

The Future Air Force Conference 2023 is organised under the auspices of the Czech Air Force Commander MG Petr ČEPELKA.






Any shortage of prepared pilots means incapable Air Force which is not up to the defined tasks. Any efficient training needs proper modern syllabuses, skilled instructors, platforms delivering on training tasks and very importantly airfields and sufficient air space. There are different requirements by different Air Forces but there is a common task – preparing individual, both physically and mentally, to take the responsibilities of future air force life. Providers of the pilot training must be able to cover specific needs of individual clients and yet to secure effective training and safety. There are challenges in all aspects of the pilot training on the side of Air Forces as well as on the side of providers of the pilot training. Providers need predictability and commitment from clients due to the fact that pilot training is financially demanding activity. There are solutions at hand which can be either immediately used or created by cooperative approach. Overcoming challenges and implementing solutions – it is focus of this year conference.



The organisers aim to create a long-term platform for bringing together experts dedicated to the development of air capabilities in general and their application in a continuously changing strategic environment.



Confirmed participation of official national and international delegates (as of 11 August):

Angola, Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Czechia, European Defence Agency, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, NATO HQ AIRCOM, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA

Angola     Austria     Brazil     Burkina Faso     Czechia     EDA     Ethiopia     Gabon     Germany     Ghana     Greece     Hungary     Indonesia      Japan     Jordan     Lithuania     NATO     Nigeria     Philippines     Portugal     Slovakia     Sweden     Uganda     United Kingdom     USA



The conference is divided thematically into four sessions that will address the key challenges for commanders, planners and decision makers in the coming years, influenced in particular by the advent of new technologies.

  1. Challenges of modern air training and system solution
  2. Pilot recruitment - A major challenge for the Air Forces
  3. Industry engagement in future Air Force personnel training
  4. Challenges of modern air training and system solution - National views

BLOCK 1: Challenges of Modern Air Training and System Solution

Aviation has always played and continues to play a key role in the modern history of warfare. The appearance of platforms, which is primarily dependent on aerodynamic principles, has not changed fundamentally. Weapon systems and avionics have gradually evolved. The dynamic development of information technologies, the introduction of elements of artificial intelligence, makes the aircraft (platform) a complete system that becomes an information hub not only for air force assets, but for the entire armed forces.

It is natural that the preparation of pilots, their selection and training will also undergo changes. Increasingly, the pilot will take the position of operator. The control of aircraft will become increasingly automated, but this does not mean that the requirement for spatial orientation, quick decision-making skills under time pressure and physical fitness will not be required.

The first panel will mainly feature user representatives. We anticipate presentations by representatives of the Air Force command who will primarily define the requirements for pilots (and other aviation personnel). Other invited panelists will be representatives of academic institutions or training centers that develop academic and training syllabi based on the requirements.

BLOCK 2: Pilot Recruitment – A Major Challenge for the Air Forces

There is no doubt that recruitment of new pilots is becoming one of the challenges that Air Force Commanders are forced to pay increasing attention to. The unfavorable situation of pilot shortage is due to several factors. First, the pilot profession is no longer as popular among young people as it was in previous decades. The second factor is the increasing demands on training and, last but not least, the declining physical readiness of today's young generation plays a major role.

All these factors are forcing Air Force leadership to adopt new and often novel solutions. The individual panelists will provide their perspectives on an assessment of the current situation but will also offer their suggestions within their areas of expertise on how the unfavorable personnel shortage situation can be addressed. The panel is composed of both user representatives defining aviation personnel requirements, as well as representatives from academia and Air Force personnel involved in pilot recruitment and selection.

BLOCK 3: Industry Engagement in Future Air Force Personnel Training

With the development of tactical aircraft capabilities and the improvement of the security situation, there has been a gradual reduction in the number of tactical aircraft and thus pilots and the resulting requirement for fewer pilots in training and education facilities. The logical consequence is a higher cost of flight training.

The private sector has responded quite flexibly to the current situation and offers its capabilities in the field of flight training of military pilots. Private sector involvement is becoming an increasingly used option for pilot training. However, close cooperation between the Air Force and representatives of private organizations is essential to achieve a quality outcome.

The panel will include both user (Air Force), private training organization representatives and representatives of aircraft industries.



BG Libor Štefánik BG (Ret.) Libor Štefánik – Former Czech Air Force Commander
  • MG (Ret.) Bohuslav Dvořák – Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces
  • COL (Ret.) Petr TICHÝ – Former Mig-29 Pilot (Czech Air Force); FUTURE FORCES FORUM Programme Director
  • Mr. Daniel KOŠTOVAL – Former Deputy Minister of Defence, CZE
  • MAJ (Ret.) Marian KRÁLÍK – Former JAS-39 Pilot (Czech Air Force)
  • Dr. Petr MARKVART – Founder of DEFCON, CZE
  • Mr. Adam DRNEK – Executive Director, FUTURE FORCES FORUM; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Future Advanced Technologies Institute, CZE


Participation is limited to professional public and users and is on invitation only.


  • Armed and security forces, governmental or international organisations, local authorities, public research & development, academia FREE OF CHARGE
  • Others – Please see the Call for Partners or contact us at [email protected] in case of your interest in presentation or partnership


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