The annual Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium in Singapore is widely recognised as the largest and most influential training event in the region. Yet the view on the ground at APATS 2018 is that, increasingly, it is the most significant aviation training event worldwide.

This is entirely down to the rapid growth of the region’s aviation industry. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 2017 saw Asia Pacific lead all regions worldwide in passenger traffic, taking 33.7% of the world share. For the first time since 1994, Asia Pacific was also the global leader for annual growth in passenger demand, with carriers posting a year-on-year increase of 9.4%.

Inevitably, an upsurge in commercial traffic leads to an equivalent rise in training needs, to fulfil the demand for pilots, cabin crew and engineers. This is where we find ourselves at APATS 2018 – facing a rapidly expanding market for training products, how is the industry innovating in line with growth?

The theme of this year’s conference is Safety through Efficient Training, ensuring that aviation professionals are trained quickly but comprehensively, in order to maintain high safety standards. Through four simulation training conferences – world pilot; cabin crew; maintenance; student education and careers in aviation (SECA) – attendees learn how the latest technology will change the training landscape, and bring ever-increasing realism to the simulated cockpit.

At AXIS’ booth (#401), we’re demonstrating how building the most advanced flight simulators on the market today is achieved through unique, fully customisable modular design and cutting-edge software production. Visitors can view AXIS’s new Instructor Operating Station (IOS), as well as the latest systems in visual, motion and sound simulation.

The growth in Asia Pacific’s aviation industry is creating a cradle for innovation in the training sphere. Exciting new developments are around every corner and on every exhibitor’s stand, and this year’s APATS is the ideal place to witness the spark of change first-hand.