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Governments worldwide are seeking innovative and affordable solutions for establishing, maintaining and supporting rotorcraft fleets at home and abroad. Military & Government Rotorcraft will look at how the defence industry can work in partnership with government bodies to ensure 24/7 capability. The conference will analyse the leading rotorcraft transformation initiatives from governments and forces worldwide, detailing the integration of new systems and platforms into current force structures. Emerging requirements for multi-role and multi-region missions will be discussed, assessing their impact on rotary wing logistics. The latest helicopter platforms, systems and technologies will be evaluated, examining how these will aid the soldier and serviceman of the future.

Military & Government Rotorcraft will also explore the increasing role of civil helicopters in military operations and the emerging need within a future helicopter force for search and rescue, humanitarian and disaster relief and peacekeeping capabilities. Lessons learned (Iraq, London Bombings), innovative procurement and financing initiatives, strategic partnerships, civil-military interaction and outsourced platform MRO will all be covered, providing off a comprehensive picture of issues impacting the rotorcraft industry.

Confirmed speakers include Special Addresses from...

  • Brigadier Iain Thomson, Director, Army Aviation, British Army
  • Group Captain Steve Garden, Force Commander, Search and Rescue Force and Station Commander, RAF St Mawgan, Royal Air Force

And Guest Addresses from...

  • Colonel MR Dabros, Wing Commander, 1 Wing, Canadian Forces
  • Colonel JAJ Parent, Director, Air Strategic Plans, Chief of the Air Staff, Canadian Forces
  • Wing Commander Stephen Shell, Commanding Officer, 27 Squadron, RAF Odiham, Royal Air Force
  • Commander Peter Munro-Lott, Commanding Officer, 829 Naval air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy
  • Major Michael Poessel, Staff Officer, A3-OUA (Special Air Ops, Combat Search and Rescue), HQ Ramstein and Current CH-53 Squadron Leader in Afghanistan, NATO Component Command Air
  • Paul Briggs, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, Bird & Bird, Former Group Legal Director, Finance and Treasury, BAE SYSTEMS
  • Sergeant Richard Brandon, Training Manager, Air Support Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Captain Brian Baldwin, Chief Pilot, Air Support Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Andrew Cameron, Director, London Air Ambulance (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services)
  • Richard Shuttleworth, Acting Chief Pilot, London Air Ambulance (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service)

With Special Guest Chairman..

  • Captain Elfan ap Rees, Publisher/Editor, Helicopter International and Military Helicopter News

Military & Government Rotorcraft 2006 will allow you to…

  • HEAR updates on key military and government helicopter transformation and modernisation programmes/initiatives
  • LEARN about current and emerging rotorcraft requirements from recent conflict/operations/exercises
  • EXPLORE the changing role and responsibility of military helicopters and the increasing trend of civil-military interaction
  • IDENTIFY the key logistical challenges in maintaining and supporting helicopter platforms and operations
  • GAIN a deeper understanding of platform leasing, strategic partnerships and the complexities involved within PPP/PFI initiatives
  • EXAMINE the latest technologies and systems to increase platform safety, availability, survivability and capability

* Subject to final confirmation

Conference programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Captain Elfan Ap Rees

Captain Elfan Ap Rees, Publisher & Editor, Helicopter International and Military Helicopter News, Avia Press Associates

9:40 OPENING ADDRESS - ROTORCRAFT TRANSFORMATION AND MODERNISATION WITHIN THE BRITISH ARMY

Brigadier Iain Thomson

Brigadier Iain Thomson, Director, Army Aviation, British Army

  • Helicopter programmes and capabilities within the British Army
  • The importance of fleet versatility and commonality – striking a balance with multi-purpose and role specific helicopters
  • What have we learned from recent operations/conflicts?
  • The challenges for Army Aviation in 21st Century air manoeuvre and supporting deployments in the future battlespace
  • 10:30 PLATFORM, PERSONNEL AND RISK ANALYSIS OF SAR OPERATIONS

    Group Captain Steve Garden

    Group Captain Steve Garden, RAF St Mawgan and Search and Rescue Force Commander, Royal Air Force

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 SUSTAINING AND EVOLVING TACTICAL AVIATION CAPABILITIES IN THE CANADIAN FORCES

  • Emerging Canadian Forces joint/integrated rotary wing aviation requirements
  • Future upgrade and modernization programmes
  • The challenge of organizing to meet high demand on precious resources
  • Lessons learned from operational experience
  • Creating and supporting tactically self-sufficient units: the challenges of maintenance and in-service support
  • Colonel MR Dabros

    Colonel MR Dabros, Commander, 1 Wing (Helicopter), Canadian Forces

    Colonel J.A.J. Parent

    Colonel J.A.J. Parent, Director, Air Strategic Plans, Chief of the Air Staff, National Defence Headquarters

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 COMBINED HELICOPTER OPERATIONS SUPPORTING ISAF AFGHANISTAN AND BEYOND

    Major Michael Poessel

    Major Michael Poessel, Staff Officer, A3-OUA (Special Air Ops, Combat Search and Rescue), HQ Ramstein (Current CH-53 Squadron Leader in Afghanistan), NATO Component Command Air

  • The current state of play with rotary wing in NATO missions and transformation
  • Effects Based and Tactical ops – where does the rotorcraft ‘fit in’?
  • The challenges in effective rotary wing C2 and in-service support on deployment in extreme environments
  • Future systems/technologies and platforms available and being considered for increased NATO rotary capability
  • Lessons learned from previous deployments
  • 14:30 INNOVATIVE CONTRACTING - STRUCTURES, RISKS AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF ASSET LEASING, PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCING

    Paul Briggs

    Paul Briggs, Former Group Legal Director, Finance and Treasury, BAE SYSTEMS, now Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group, Bird & Bird (Solicitors)

  • What are all these structures? Users guide for the non lawyer / banker
  • Leasing defence assets – key issues
  • Lessons learnt from major UK PFI deals – FSTA / SKYNET
  • PPP – more flexible structures for complex deals - MFTS
  • Strategic Partnerships – e.g C130
  • Alliancing – e.g aircraft carrier
  • Evolving regulatory environment
  • The challenges in reducing complexity, risk and cost
  • Effective Strategic Partnerships – "debadge" – shared price incentivization / shared risk fund
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE MERLIN MARITIME PATROL HELICOPTER WITHIN THE ROYAL NAVY'S VERSATILE MARITIME FORCE

    Peter Munro Lott

    Peter Munro Lott, CODC 1/06, Royal Navy

  • Supporting the Merlin at home and abroad - experiences and lessons learned
  • Integrating the Merlin into national and joint ops
  • The future of Merlin/Type 23 operations and engineering support
  • Future platforms
  • 16:20 THE INDUSTRY'S APPROACH TO HOMELAND SECURITY

    Commandant Patrick Le Barbenchon

    Commandant Patrick Le Barbenchon , Flight Safety Officer 1/67 Helicopter SQN FAF, French Air Force

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Captain Elfan Ap Rees

    Captain Elfan Ap Rees, Publisher & Editor, Helicopter International and Military Helicopter News, Avia Press Associates

    9:40 WORKING WITHIN LIFE CRITICAL SCENARIOS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

    Richard Shuttleworth

    Richard Shuttleworth, Chief Pilot, London Air Ambulance (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services)

  • The capabilities of the G-EHMS MD902 Explorer
  • Future platform and system requirements for enhanced LAA capability
  • PFI for ensuring capability (the benefits of Strategic Partnerships – Virgin)
  • Outsourcing maintenance and in-service support – benefits and drawbacks
  • Lessons learned from the London Bombings 7/7
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 ROTARY WING PARTNERED SUPPORT SOLUTIONS

    Nick Smith

    Nick Smith, Head, Customer Support Strategy, Westland Helicopters Ltd

  • Customer Service journey for military helicopters
  • Benefits of Output Contracting
  • Integrated Merlin Operational Support
  • Integrated Operational Support convergence
  • Customer Service - the future
  • 11:30 THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HELICOPTER IN POLICE AVIATION TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE

  • Working within an urban environment – challenges to the operator, crew and pilot
  • Emerging operational requirements – lessons learned from recent events and future plans
  • Use of technology – How does technology support the role now and what might the industry do to develop it in future
  • Training – The challenges in developing training and skills amid high operational demands
  • Challenges in maintaining and supporting consistently used platforms and role equipment
  • Sergeant Richard Brandon

    Sergeant Richard Brandon, Training Manager, Air Support Unit, Metropolitan Police Service

    Captain Brian Baldwin

    Captain Brian Baldwin, Chief Pilot, Air Support Unit, Metropolitan Police Service

    12:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    12:20 Networking Lunch

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