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"Developing Mach-21 Airmen" explores Pilot Training Next 2.0

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  • By Dan Hawkins
  • Air Education and Training Command

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- The fifth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released March 18.

In the episode, Lt. Col. Paul Vicars, the director of Pilot Training Next, sits down to discuss the second iteration of AETC’s innovative and experimental approach to learning, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport.

Vicars goes in-depth on the focus areas for PTN 2.0, including innovation in terms of technology and the art of failing forward; scalability in terms of how to create a learning model that can be replicated across the flying training enterprise, and the use of big-data to drive decision making in line with the AETC strategic plan.

Additionally, the PTN director talks about talent selection for the program, including the additions of both sister service and international partners to the second class.

The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application.  

Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including a feature on a military training leader and resilience; what learning might look like in 2030; how Squadron Officer School at Air University is using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed-reality to upgrade the learning experience for officer development, and much more.