About the Authors
The Halldale Group has assembled an unparalleled team of simulation and training, and airline specialists as a result of its focus on simulation and training in three key industries, defence, healthcare and aviation over thirty years of publishing.
Our contributors come from backgrounds in the military and civil S&T industry as trainers and in the airlines. Many having served in several of those sectors.
As a result of this unique base of experience and a nearly thirty-year record of consistent support to the community we are able to access the leaders of the global airline training sector and give our readership unique insight to the sector, both via CAT but also our events WATS, EATS, APATS and AAETS.
Rick Adams, Editor in Chief
Rick Adams is a respected international journalist with more than three decades of experience in aviation simulation and training. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS). In addition to editing CAT Magazine, Rick is Editor in Chief for Halldale Group’s Military Simulation & Training (MS&T). He has led communications for several major simulation, information technology and defense companies.
Marty Kauchak, Group Editor
Marty is a retired US Navy Captain, having served for more than 23 years in the surface warfare community. His insights and knowledge about training and simulation were gained through five operational assignments and major staff management positions. In addition to Marty’s military experience, he brings expertise as a former editor and writer for defence publications in the US and overseas. He also developed unique perspectives and knowledge about training during his time as congressional and media outreach coordinator for the US DoD’s Training Transformation Program. Marty is based in New Orleans.
Chuck Weirauch, US Affairs
Chuck has been writing for CAT and MS&T for more than ten years. His background encompassing more than 25 years includes extensive editorial experience in a wide variety of emerging new technologies. He has written for major aerospace companies on their latest technology research and development work, including that for military and civilian aircraft. As a public affairs writer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center, Chuck covered such space agency programs as the Space Shuttle, simulation technologies, NASA aviation research and the agency’s advanced research and technology spinoffs program.
Chris Long, European Affairs
CAT Magazine European Affairs Editor Chris Long began his aviation career as a military pilot for the Royal Air Force operating in strategic reconnaissance, tanker and instructional roles. This time included three years as a basic jet instructor on exchange with the French Air Force. After his time with the Air Force, Chris worked for BAE Systems initially as a Standards (Staneval) pilot, responsible for training and testing both students and instructors. He was promoted to manager, running the remote operations, and then to Director of Sales and Marketing for a company within BAe Systems. While his work took him to live in Saudi Arabia, Scotland, the United States and France, Chris is now based in Toulouse, France, where he works as a consultant on projects run by the European Commission and for several major European players. Chris writes for CAT magazine and is the conference chair for the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS).
Amanda Towner, Industry Reporter
Amanda Towner writes news articles for all three of Halldale Group’s magazine news websites. She studied English and Creative Writing at Stetson University, where she became a Sullivan Scholar for her work. Her writing covers several topics including journalism and storytelling, and is featured in several publications.
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