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Future Helicopter Technology returns for its third consecutive year, this time hosted in Rome, Italy; home to Leonardo-one, the world’s leading Helicopter Manufacture and a nation with a deep and rich history of military aviation.

This time around, there will be a unique focus on the complexity of managing a varied helicopter fleet with strategies to upgrade, modernise and improve rotary platforms for modern day warfare and operations.

The program offers a clear overview on major aviation capabilities, current and future challenges to joint operations and Special Forces, maritime deployment of rotary wing aircrafts, and even the latest technological developments on the most advanced helicopter platforms in the world.

Unlike other events, Future Helicopter Technology 2017 will deliver real insight and learning experiences through its expertly selected speakers, who have been recommended through extensive research and consultation carried out across the industry. For 2017, we are delighted to welcome speakers from Germany, Spain, USMC, France, the Royal Navy, NATO, Belgium, Austria and OCCAR. Along with our host nation keynote speakers from the Italian Army, Air Force, Navy and Special Operations command.
 

  • Top Military Rotary commanders from Italy, Spain, Germany and Denmark, Belgium, giving you essential access to those making strategic and equipment decisions
  • More helicopter platforms represented than any other military event in 2017 including: NH90, TIGER, Sikorsky UH-60, Bell UH-1Y, CH-53E Super Stallion and Merlin Mk3
  • NEW for 2017: A detailed focus on Maritime Helicopter Optimisation with high level briefings from USMC, Royal Navy and Commander Italian Naval Aviation
     
  • A dedicated solutions zone where cutting edge solution providers will showcase the very best helicopter technologies and systems available today
     
  • Chaired by Brigadier General (Ret’d) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
  • Aviation commanders
  • Helicopter experts
  • Research centres
  • Industry providers

12th Combat Aviation Brigade ; Airbus Group, Inc.; Amsafe Bridport; Arista Aviation Services; Armament Inspectorate; Bell Helicopter; British Embassy; British Embassy, Budapest; CAE; CAE Elektronik GmbH; Czech Armed Forces; Embassy of Ukraine; European Air Group; European Defence Agency; Finmeccanica SpA; FN HERSTAL; Galleon Embedded Computing; Hungarian Air Force; Italian Army; Italian Embassy; Joint Helicopter Command; OCCAR; Pinnacle Solutions Inc; Rogerson Aircraft Corp; Royal Danish Air Force; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Slovakian Air Force; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Swedish Air Force; TenCate Advanced Armour; Textron Systems Electronic Systems UK Ltd; The Boeing Company; UK MOD; US Army; US Army Europe; US Embassy Budapest; Yulista; Zoerkler Gears Gmbh & Co KG;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

9:00 The Present and Future Capabilities of Rotary Wing Aircrafts

Major General Fabio Molteni

Major General Fabio Molteni, Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force

  • The present: What are the main current challenges for helicopters?
  • The future: What are the main technological upgrades that will improve flying capabilities?
  • The role of the Experimental Flying Centre in providing the right ground for new developments
  • 9:30 How The German Army Aviation Will Continue to Modernise and Equip its Fleet

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein, Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    View Bio

  • The TIGER and NH90 multirole support helicopter must be maintained and extended in the long term
  • What will the next generation of German military helicopters look like in 2040 
  • 10:00 The Multi-Roles of the Spanish Army Aviation: Adapting to Present and Future Challenges by Providing a Dynamic Force

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez, Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    View Bio

  • Indipendent actions that require high mobility and firepower: air attack and air assault operations
  • Actions that increase the operational capacity of large unitis and controls: tacticial and logistical aero-transporters; recognition and security; command and control; electronic warfare; sanitary evacuations; special operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Italian Army Aviation: The Present and Future Objectives

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Italian Army Aviation, Italian Army

  • An overview of the current fleet
  • Maximising interoperability and survivability
  • Improving capabilities for joint operations
  • Contributing to missions outside national boundaries
  • Future objectives
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Lead Sponsor

    12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Assessing Future Helicopter Technical Requirements Needed For Modern Battle Environments

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    Commander

    Commander, Italian Army Aviation, Italian Army

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Fabio Molteni, Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein, Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    View Bio

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez, Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    View Bio

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Deploying Helicopters to Rapidly Infiltrate and Extract Special Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Savina

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Savina, Air Operations Branch Chief Italian Special Forces Operations Joint Command, Joint Special Operations HQ

  • Operating anywhere in the world
  • Providing fast and agile transportation and support of special forces operators
  • Utilising new technological developments to upgrade helicopter assets in order to always be ready to overcome new challenges
  • 14:00 Helicopter Wing Karup: Ready to Deploy in Any Environment

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force

  • Operational capabilities from the Artic to Afghanistan
  • Efficient search and rescue and surveillance capacity inside and outside national boundaries
  • The importance of joint exercises to face growing threats
  • 14:30 Session Reserved For Event Sponsor

    15:00 The Austrian Aviation Brigade Capabilities and Future Plans for Helicopter Modernisation

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair, Aviation Brigade, Austrian Air Force
    View Bio

  • A look at the helicopter inventory of the Austrian Air Force
  • Ensuring interoperability between air craft and allied nations
  • A look at planned upgrades: avionics; navigation; aircraft survivability equipment (ASE)
  • Creating an helicopter fleet for future multinational missions and joint operations
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Procurement, Development and Purchase of Technological Upgrades for the Next Generation Helicopter of the French Military

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet, Head of Flight Test Division, DGA
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  • Feedback from recent test exercises
  • The next technological improvements for rotary wing aircrafts for the French military
  • Current challenges that need to be overcome
  • The NH-90: technological upgrades and possible future deployment scenarios
  • 16:30 The Multi Role Capabilities of the Belgian Helicopter Wing

    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande, Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component

  • Conducting operations in the homeland as well as abroad
  • Mobility and assault tactical and general transport
  • Recognition, support search and rescue and medical evacuation
  • Surveillance and maritime surveillance operations
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    9:00 The Italian Navy Aviation Command: Utilising the SH-90A Helicopter to Operate in Different Environments

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma, Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
    View Bio

  • Maritime reconnaissance (MPH)
  • Maritime attack (ASH)
  • Individuating and neutralizing underwater and above water threats
  • Maritime attack and troop transportation, equipment, vehicles, search and rescue operations
  • 9:30 The Role of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) in Providing UK Defence with a contingency capability in support of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown, Commander, Commando Helicopter Force

  • Transition from Sea King Mk4 and Lynx Mk9 to Merlin Mk3 and the Wildcat Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter: the Wildcat BRH roles
  • Find and control of fires; Merln Mk3 roles - air assault, combat recovery, SAR and MERT;
  • The relevance of recent operational lessons
  • Delivering aviation support in the maritime and land environments including the Artic, desert and urban
  • Interoperability with allied nations
  • Future technological developments
  • 10:00 Increasing Speed, Survivability and Lethality of the USMC Helicopter Fleet to Counter and Overcome Current and Future Challenges

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    View Bio

  • Ready to deploy anywhere in the world
  • Improving helicopters capabilities of transporting and supporting troops during amphibious and land operations
  • Optimising command and control by improving communication and sensor systems for every helicopter
  • Maintenance and support programmes
  • Future upgrade timelines
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Managing the 11 NH90 Customers: Overcoming the Complexity of In-Service Support for the Member Nations

    Colonel Thomas  Hoenig

    Colonel Thomas Hoenig , Division Leader Logistics, NATO (NAHEMA)
    View Bio

  • Strategic approach to a though-life-support of the NH90 platform
  • The magic triangle: Capability - Availability - Affordability
  • Synchronising the modification cycle
  • Upgrading the NH90: the need for a modular and affordable approach: contractual tool; SOF air initiative; mid-term and long-term axis
  • Safeguarding the spare parts supply, repair capabilities and product support services throughout the lifetime of the helicopter
  • Success factors for co-operations
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor

    12:00 Managing the TIGER Programme’s Through Life Support

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Mr. Cyril Goutard, Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR
    View Bio

  • An overview of the OCCAR Tiger Programme
  • Ensuring all TIGER air platforms are fully serviced and deployable at all times
  • Spare part delivery for active operations
  • Future MRO plans and strategies
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Optimising Rotary Capability and Delivery For Martime Operations

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma, Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
    View Bio

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown, Commander, Commando Helicopter Force

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    View Bio

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force

    14:00 Session Reserved For Event Sponsor

    14:30 Improve the Four Phases of Personnel Recovery (Preparation, Planning, Execution and Adaptation) by Developing Harmonizing PR Policy

    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer

    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer, Deputy Commander, European Personnel Recovery Centre
    View Bio

  • Doctrine and Standards through clear lines of communications with partners stakeholders (nations and international organizations)
  • Provide assistance in support of education and training, exercises and operations as required
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The grow capability of Fly By Wire technology on Rotorcrafts: challenges for Human Machine Interface and Flight Controls Laws

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi, Experimental Test Pilot Rotary Wing, International Test Pilot School
    View Bio

    Now that more than 250 FBW helicopter NH90 are in service (together with some CH-148 Cyclone) - and mirroring Fixed Wing evolution from F-16 on - a leap in Flight Control Laws for RW is necessary to exploit the benefits of FBW also on new (or upgraded) Rotary Wing aircraft:, this includes:

  • on platforms
  • in the cockpit
  • on safety and airwothiness
  • 16:00 Perspectives on Innovation and Disruption in Vertical Lift Aircraft Flight Sciences

    Marc Alexander

    Marc Alexander, Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research
    View Bio

  • An examination of trends in vertical lift aircraft development and application
  • A survey of flight sciences associated with the limitations of vertical lift aircraft design
  • A projection of disruptive vertical lift aircraft engineering and mission requirements
  • A summary of innovation process enablers from end-user, agency, program, and regulatory perspectives
  • 16:30 CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: Training and Simulation Optimisation for Modern Rotary Fleets

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande, Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet, Head of Flight Test Division, DGA
    View Bio

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Mr. Cyril Goutard, Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR
    View Bio

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

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commander, Commando Helicopter Force
    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force
    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando García Blázquez was born in Madrid (Spain) on the 24th February 1962.
    He joined the Military Academy in 1979 and after completing his studies he was commissioned as an Artillery Officer with the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 1984. His first assignment was the twelfth Artillery M-109 Self-propelled group.
    In 1986, he completed his training as a Helicopter Pilot and was subsequently assigned to perform duties as an UH-1H / BO 105 helicopter pilot and intelligence officer with the Spanish Army aviation Helicopter Battalion in the Canary Islands. In 1988, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and moved to the Army Aviation HQ in Madrid, Spain. In 1990, he was reassigned to the 3rd Helicopter maneuver Battalion in Logroño.
    In 1991, after completing the Instructor Pilot Course, Test pilot course and the Helicopter Maintenance Manager’s course, he was assigned to Command the AVUM unit in BHELMA III for more than five years. His AVUM years were highlighted by additional contributions as a general flights’ instructor pilot, mountain flight trainer and Night Vision Devices (NVD) flights.
    In 1997, after graduating from the Spanish Army Staff College, he was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed as Chief of Staff (COS) of Transportation, Directorate of Army Logistic Command, Madrid. In 2000, he deployed as a chief G5 branch of the HQ of French Salamadre Division in Mostar-Ortiges Bosnia-Hertzegovina.
    At the end of 2000, he took over the command of the Army Aviation Combat Service support Group in Madrid (Spain). In summer 2002, he was transferred to NATO Joint Command South in Verona (Italy) as Executive Officer in COS JCS office. In summer 2004 after his promotion to Lieutenant colonel, he moved to Eurocorps (Strasbourg) as G7 Exercises chief.
    In 2005, he was redeployed to Madrid and joined Defense Joint Staff as COS of Military Transformation Unit, being nominated as Spanish national director of Multinational Experiment 5.
    In September 2007 he took over command of 3rd Maneuver helicopter Battalion again in Logroño (Spain). During this period he was deployed in Herat (Afghanistan) as Commander of Spanish Army Helicopter task group ASPHUEL XVII, flying as tactic pilot in combat area for more than 200 FH.
    In 2010 he was assigned to Training and Doctrine Command in Granada (Spain) as Army Lesson Learned Responsible.
    He was promoted to Colonel in 2011 being assigned as Deputy Commander of Spanish Army aviation Brigade.

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe F. Klein was born on August 29, 1954, in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany). He holds a degree in Business and Administration Sciences (the German degree of “DiplomKaufmann”).
    Brigadier General Klein is married and has two daughters.
    Military Background
    1973 Entry into Bundeswehr service, 13th Coy, Air Force Training Regiment 4
    1974 Transfer to the DEU AAC 1975 Training as officer candidate at the German Army Aviation School
    1975 – 1978 Studies of Business and Administration Sciences, Forces University Hamburg
    1979 Officer training and Army helicopter pilot training
    1980 - 1982 Liaison helicopter pilot ALOUETTE II, AAvnBn 6
    1982 - 1984 S3-Officer, HQ AAvnRegt 6
    1984 - 1985 Operations officer, Air Sqn 61, AAvnRegt 6
    1985 - 1988 Squadron commander HQ squadron, AAvnRegt 15
    1988 - 1990 Flight commander of antitank helicopter BO 105, ATH Sqn 1/61, AAvnRegt 6
    1990 Operations staff officer of antitank helicopter BO 105, ATH Sqn 1/61, AAvnRegt 6
    1990 - 1992 Squadron commander of antitank helicopter BO 105, ATH Sqn 2/61, AAvnRegt 6
    1992 - 1995 Deputy divisional commander, Air Squadron 61, AAVNRegt 6
    1995 - 1998 G3-Staff Officer, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg
    1998 - 2000 Army liaison officer at the FRA AAC (ALAT), Le Luc/France
    2000 - 2003 Head of the Activation Staff DEU/FRA AAvnTrgC TIGER, Le Luc/France
    2003 - 2004 COS HQ DEU AAvnS
    2004 - 2006 DCOM AirMechBde 1
    2005 - 2006 Chairman NATO/NAAG/LG 10 resp. LCG 8, Tactical Air Mobility and Support,
    Brussels
    2006 - 2007 COS HQ RC NORTH and DCOM 12th DEU Contingent ISAF, Mazar-e Sharif/AFG
    2007 - 2010 DCOM AirManeuverBde 1
    2010 - 2012 Director DEU Army Main Liaison Staff to the FRA Army, Paris/France
    2012 - 2014 COM DEU/FRA AAvnTrgC TIGER, Le Luc/France
    As of November 2014 CMDT International Helicopter Training Center (IHTC) and Head of DEU AAvn

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Experimental Test Pilot Rotary Wing, International Test Pilot School
    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Col.(ret’d) Massimo BONESI left the Italian Army Aviation in 2015, after 38 years of service and 7000+ hours on helicopters. An helicopter technology enthusiast, Massimo was first noticed in 1988, when he came back from a NVG course in the USA with all the documents required to adapt the Italian fleet to NVG, and later in the NH90 program, promoting Helmet Mounted Displays and Obstacle Warning Systems. Following the Test Pilots Course in 2001, and the NH90 release to service from 2007 on, he was on the first flights of the NH90 in Afghanistan in 2012 (first deployment in operation of the first FBW helicopter). The acceptance of new ICH-47F Chinooks and the drafting of the Mission Need Requirement of the new Attack Helicopter have been his last quests in uniform. Massimo has always been attracted by the technology evolution, and he is now a Flight Test Instructor at the International Test Pilots School in London, Ontario Canada.

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Aviation Brigade, Austrian Air Force
    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Colonel Mittermair was born 1958 in Linz/Austria. 1977 he joined the Austrian Armed Forces and graduated from the Military Academy in 1981. He started his flying career in 1980 and is still current on the Agusta Bell 212 with an experience of more than 5000 flight hours.
    As a helicopter pilot he was nearly twenty years in the operational helicopter unit, executing all sorts of military and desaster relief missions. He led the first international Austrian Helicopter Detachment contribution to KFOR 2003, EUFOR 2010 and several exercises in the EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP).
     

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup

    Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force
    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande

    Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component
    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commander, Commando Helicopter Force
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi was commissioned in 1992 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed The Basic School before reporting to Flight School where he earned his wings in 1994. His first tour was with the Dragons of HMM-265 in Okinawa, Japan, where he completed multiple deployments with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as a CH-46 pilot with the Aviation Combat Element (ACE).
    After serving four years with HMM-265, Col Dasmalchi attended Amphibious Warfare School in 1999 and executed follow on orders to 2D Marine Aircraft Wing where he was assigned to HMM-365. Col Dasmalchi served three years with the Blue Knights as the Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. While with HMM-365, he deployed to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OEF/OIF).
    Col Dasmalchi returned to Quantico in 2003 to attend Command and Staff College and the following year reported to Manpower and Reserve Affairs to serve as the Majors’ Rotary Wing Monitor. After this tour, he moved back to New River, North Carolina to transition to the MV-22B Osprey.
    In 2007, Col Dasmalchi became a plank owner with VMM-266 and served initially as the Executive Officer for this newly transitioned Osprey squadron. He deployed with the Fighting Griffins to OIF and was part of the retrograde of MV-22s out of the theater.
    In June 2009, Col Dasmalchi assumed command of VMM-266 and eventually became the ACE Commander with the 26th MEU. During the deployment with the 26th MEU, the ACE participated in numerous exercises and conducted combat operations in support of OEF, as well as OPERATIONS ODYSSEY DAWN AND UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya.
    Following squadron command, Col Dasmalchi reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated in May 2012. He was next assigned to Joint Duty at NORAD and US NORTHERN COMMAND in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served in the J5 Directorate as a Branch Chief responsible for the Artic Working Group, Joint Doctrine and Concepts and Initiatives.
    Col Dasmalchi assumed command of the 31st MEU on 9 June 2014. He executed four deployment cycles with the 31st MEU team, participating in numerous USPACOM and MARFORPAC exercises, and participated in two relief operations in the PACOM AOR.
    Following command, he reported during July to HQMC Aviation.

    Colonel Thomas Hoenig

    Division Leader Logistics, NATO (NAHEMA)
    Colonel Thomas  Hoenig

    In his current position as Division Leader Logistics at the NATO Helicopter Management Agency, Colonel Hoenig is primarily responsible for the In-Service-Support of the NH90 fleet. During his career he acquired broad experience at strategic and operational levels and is well acquainted with working in international environments. He held positions as Branch Chief for strategic procurement at the Ministry of Defence, as Military Assistant to the Commandant, NATO Defense College, as Military Assistant to the Vice Chief, German Air Force, and as Assistant Air Attaché. During his assignment as Commander he was responsible for more than 40 non-mobile logistic installations.

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Savina

    Air Operations Branch Chief , Italian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Savina

    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer

    Deputy Commander, European Personnel Recovery Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer

    LTC Schleimer serves with the Luftwaffe since 1978. For the first half of his career, he flew the F-4 Phantom aircraft as a Weapon Systems Officer where he reached the status of a Weapons Instructor and accumulated some 2500 flying hours. Thereafter, he proceeded to work in international Staff positions in different NATO and multinational HQ. In 2007, he was posted to the European Air Group (EAG), where he began to work in the field of Personnel Recovery. Dealing with Combat Search and Rescue, the EAG established a Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) Cell that was very active in the international PR arena and also instigated the establishment of the European Personnel Recovery Centre that is now situated at Poggio Renatico Air Base in the north of Italy.

    During his time at the EAG, LTC Schleimer was intimately involved in the creation and establishment of the EPRC and was the first EPRC member to arrive at Poggio in summer 2015. He is now the Deputy Commander of the HQ and also overseeing the Education and Training Area of the Centre.
    • Born 15 Dec 1958 in Dortmund, DEU
    • Baccalaureate (Abitur) Jun 1978
    • July 1978-July 1979, student, Offizierschule der Luftwaffe, Fürstenfeldbruck, DEU
    • August 1979-April 1980, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Fürstenfeldbruck, DEU
    • April 1980-July 1990, TFW 36 Hopsten, DEU
    • December 1980- June 1981, Operational Conversion Training, George Air Force Base, USA
    • May 1986, Tactical Leadership Training, Jever, DEU
    • December 1987-June 1988, Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, George Air Force Base,
    USA
    • November 1988-December 1988, Staff College, Fürstenfeldbruck, DEU
    • July 1990-May 1994, Instructor RAF Finningley, GBR
    • May 1994-February 1995, FW 72 Hopsten, DEU
    • March 1995-August 1998, National MA to DCOM AIRCENT, Ramstein, DEU
    • August 1998-March 2000, TACEVAL Officer at AFNW, RAF High Wycombe, GBR
    • April 1999-June 1999, AFOR, Durres, ALB
    • March 2000-February 2003, CAOC 9, RAF High Wycombe, GBR
    • February 2003-April 2005, NATO School, Oberammergau, DEU
    • April 2005-December 2006, Bundeswehr Operations Command, Potsdam, DEU
    • January 2007-July 2013, JPR Section, European Air Group, High Wycombe, GBR
    • July 2013 – June 2015, (I) EPRC, High Wycombe, GBR
    • July 2015 – today DCOM EPRC, Poggio Renatico, ITA

    Lt Col Schleimer logged some 2500 flying hours, mainly on Phantom F-4F and F-4E models. He is married to Heidemarie, has two sons and is living in Occhiobello, ITA.

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force
    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Marc Alexander

    Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research
    Marc Alexander

    Marc Alexander is a Canadian government Flight Research Scientist specializing in vertical lift aircraft research and testing. He is currently employed by the National Research Council of Canada’s Flight Research Laboratory (NRC-FRL, Rotary-Wing and Flight Controls Research Group), and has also served the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Department of Technical Airworthiness and Engineering Support (DTAES). As a specialist in applied flight sciences, he possesses diverse experimental flight test expertise in areas of controls, dynamics, and, aeromechanics applying NRC’s fly-by-wire helicopters in research involving handling qualities optimization, productivity and safety enhancement, aircrew education, and vehicle design innovation. Possessing a Canadian education in aerospace engineering, he is active in the international vertical lift community through NATO Applied Vehicle Technology and American Helicopter Society committees.

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR
    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (2000) and from the aeronautical engineering school Supaéro (2002) in France, Mr Goutard spent the first part of his career in the aeronautical maintenance field, as head of division of a production maintenance line, responsible for Super Etendard, Atlantique 2 (ATL2) and E-2 Hawkeye ML3 maintenance activities within the French MoD.
    Then he joined the Tiger Programme Team within DGA (Délégation Générale de l’Armement) as the Tiger chief engineer, responsible for all certification and qualification activities for the Tiger French versions (HAP /HAD). Then he joined OCCAR and the Tiger division as the responsible for all Tiger support activities. Since 01/09/2015, he is the Tiger Programme Manager within OCCAR. On behalf of Nations, France, Spain and Germany, the Tiger programme manager within OCCAR is responsible for all contractual activities with Airbus Tiger, MTRI, the engine consortium gathering MTU, Turbomeca, Rolls-Royce and ITP, and some GFE suppliers. Within the Tiger programme, OCCAR has an essential role from development activities, production to support. Regarding airworthiness and safety, OCCAR is in charge of contracting Industry in order to be compliant with National regulations.

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Head of Flight Test Division, DGA
    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    After an initial experience on fighter aircraft, Ivan Volpoet worked 2 years on the Tiger program before joining the NH90 program for 10 years.
    He is presently the chief of flight test division in French MOD / DGA Official Test Center in Istres. He is deeply involved in the preparation of future standards of military helicopters, especially Tiger and NH90, but also the future multirole light helicopter project.
    Ivan is pilot and flight test engineer. I logged more than 2000 flight hours on about 40 different kind of aircraft.

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Born in Pesaro (Italy) in 1961, RDML Gomma attended the Naval Academy in Livorno where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Maritime and Naval Sciences.
    His initial tours include Flight Training in Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida - USA) and Corpus Christi (Texas - USA), where he awarded his Naval Aviator wings in 1985.
    Prior to assuming his current position, Rear Admiral Gomma served in the Italian Fleet Air Arm (over 1,800 flight hours), both as an embarked pilot (on board ITS Veneto and other Maestrale class Frigates), and as staff officer at the Italian Navy General Staff - Naval Aviation Department. He achieved “combat readiness” qualification on UH-1N in 1988, and instructor pilot rating in 1991.
    He attended the Naval War College in Livorno in 1999 and the Italian Joint Staff College in Rome in 2000.

    His most significant assignments include:
    - Flight Commander of FFH Libeccio (1991 – 1992);
    - C.O. of Mine Hunter Sapri (1992 – 1993);
    - Staff Officer at the “Peace-Keeping” Department in the United Nations H.Q. (1997-1999);
    - C.O. of FFH Maestrale (2001 – 2002);
    - Head of the Research and Development Office at the Naval Aviation Department in the Italian Navy General Staff (2002-2006);
    - C.O of Command Support Ship Etna (2007 - 2008);
    - Chief of Staff of the “High Seas Forces Command” (2008 - 2010);
    - National Liaison Representative at the Supreme Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk – USA (2010 – 2013).
    Since September 11 2013 he is the Director of the Naval Aviation Department (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm.
    Major awards and decorations:
    - Knight of Military Order of Italy;
    - Officer of the Meritorious Order of the Italian Republic;
    - Cross for international peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan (operation Enduring Freedom);
    - Persian Gulf Medal (1990-1991);
    - Kuwait Liberation Medal (1990-1991);
    - Mauriziana Meritorious Medal for service;
    - Gold Cross for distinguished service seniority;
    - Gold Medal for “Air Duty”;
    - Long Navigation Bronze Medal;
    - Decoration of Merit for service in the Navy General Staff.

    RDML Gomma is married to Rosa and has two children, Giulio (18) and Giovanna (15).

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