Mike’s career began in the RAF flying fast jets, followed by time as an airline pilot in the UK, flying the Boeing 757 767. He spent 8 years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority engaged in ops and training oversight, and then joined Airbus in Toulouse, leading the Training Development team. During this time, he began lead the EBT project starting in 2007. Between 2009-2011 worked for Mechtronix, now part of TRU Simulation. The company supported the work Mike was undertaking for 2 years, after which he returned to Airbus as a Senior Director of Flight Training. Mike is now President of the EBT Foundation, and in addition continues to support the implementation of EBT worldwide, with regulators and airlines in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
My background is in flight instruction as a pilot in the RAF, the RAAF (Australia) and subsequently with Cathay Pacific Airways. I have also been a Regulator and, for the past 8 years, an academic. I am currently Professor of Aviation & Logistics at the University of Southern Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. This role gives me space for research and consultancy in the areas of EBT and instructor training. I am a Director of The LOSA Collaborative and work with a number of airlines on crew performance and safety change.
John began flying in 1965 and has more 22000 hours over a 41-year period. He has flown with more than 25 airlines throughout the world. He was a pilot and flight instructor for Northwest airlines for 25 years where he was involved in the initial AQP development. He was an IRE/TRE at Airbus after retiring from NWA and held several management positions in Flight operations and training and served as the manufacturer’s representative to the LOSA collaborative. After retirement from Airbus he was the chairman of ITQI-EBT Data Subgroup with responsibility to collect and analyze operational and training data for development of Evidence Base Training. He was the lead author of the EBT Data Report. Currently John lives winters in Florida and summers in France.