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SMi Group's Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference convenes in Florence on 29th-30th November 2016 and will be followed by a site visit to the Pisa Air Force base, which will be hosted by the Italian Air Force. This year's Military Airlift conference will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlift in Europe. There will be critical updates from the UK Ministry of Defence, the EATC Commander Major General Badia, an opening address from the Italian Air Force as well as discussions on enhancing regional interoperability and how emerging technology will impact next-generation airlift capabilities.

As well as a wide range of presentations and panel discussion, Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling is the primary event for networking. Along with the networking breaks during the day, there will be two evening networking receptions hosted by Boeing on day 1 and Airbus Defence and Space on day 2. There will be over 100 attendees at  Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2016 with a strong representation from European militaries as well as the aircraft manufacturers, aerial refuelling technology, air charter services and equipment manufacturers.
 

  • Meet, network and hear from an Italian Air Force delegation and enjoy the site visit to the Pisa Air Force base
  • Discuss the latest AAR and airlift requirements and how they are being satisfied in Europe.
  • Understand how Europe is fostering greater allied integration to meet national, regional and international requirements.
  • Hear the latest solutions and technologies which are shaping next-generation air transport capabilities

Previous attendees include;

ACO Shape; Administration of the State Border Guard Service; Air Combat Command; Air Mobility Force Headquarters, Royal Air Force; Air Warfare Centre; Airbus; Airbus Defence and Space; AirTanker Services Ltd; Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex; Antonov Airlines; ANTONOV Company; Aviation Week; B A E Systems Regional Aircraft B1-280C; BAE Systems; Boeing Global Services and Support; Cobham Mission Equipment; EDA; EEAS, Belgium; EU Military Staff; European Air Transport Command (EATC); European Commission; FALKO; Flightglobal; French Air Force; GB Consulting bvba; German Air Force; Heavy Airlift Wing; Heavy Airlift Wing Papa Hungary; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; Italian Air Force Staff; JBTC; Jeppesen ; KBR; Kelvin Connect; KIDA; Kommando Luftwaffe; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group; MCCE; Mediterranean Technologies; Ministry of Defence Austria; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; National Aircargo; NATO SHAPE; Occar; Omni Air International; Recotech; RUAG Aviation; Ruslan International; Ruslan SALIS GmbH; Spanish Air Force; Teledyne Controls; Thales Land and Joint Systems; TLD AMERICA; TLD Group; Tronosjet Maintenance; UK MoD; United Nations-UN; US AFRICOM; US Air Force Europe; US Transportation Command; ViaSat ; ViaSat, Inc.; Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; Volga-Dnepr UK; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Laurent Donnet

Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency

9:10 Present and Future of Italian Airlift System

Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga

Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force

•         How Italy’s accession to the EATC has enhanced capabilities for Italian Air Mobility
•         The future of Italian strategic and tactical
•         How a fully operational A400M will impact the divisions of responsiblity in the Italian fleet
 

9:50 Supporting Airlift … Anytime, Anywhere and Air Refuelling - 21st Century Capability and Support

Pam Valdez

Pam Valdez, Director, Derivative Fleet Support and Sustainment, Global Services and Support, Boeing

James Eisenhart

James Eisenhart, Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 How The UK’s Air Transport Fleet Is Optimised To Maximise Air Mobility Capability

Group Captain Martin Cunningham

Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff, Air Mobility Command, RAF Brize Norton

• An overview of RAF Brize Norton fleet: RAF's Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) forces
     o Voyager, C-130 and C-17 fleets
• An update on the delivery status of the A400M Atlas and how this will impact UK air mobility capabilities
• The A400m as the basis for next-generation tactical air mobility
• The potential for greater European cooperation to enhance UK assets
 

11:40 Airbus Defence and Space Developing Military Capabilities

Didier Vernet

Didier Vernet, Military Affairs, Airbus Military

  • New C-295 versions for new missions
  • A400M tactical capabilities
  • A330 MRTT spreading its wings
  • 12:20 Role of DSCOM in Satisfying UK’s Critical Strategic Lift Requirements

    Group Captain Andrew Killey

    Group Captain Andrew Killey, Assistant Head Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements DSCOM Defence Movements Team Leader, UK MOD

    • DSCOM’s approach to satisfying the growing demand for Strategic Movements
    • The Key Challenges facing DSCOM
    • A view of the future

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Antonov Transport Aircraft - New Capabilities in Tactical and Strategical Airlift

    Oleksandr  Kiva

    Oleksandr Kiva, Marketing and Sales Director, ANTONOV Company

  • Progress of new programs of tactical military transport AN-178 and AN-132 aircraft and their modifications as well as capabilities of AN-70 / AN-188 program.
  • The modernization of AN-124-100 aircraft and successful experience of Antonov Company
  • Antonov Airlines in strategic airlift by AN-124-100 Ruslan and AN-225 Mriya aircraft
  • 14:40 Air Transportation & Air-to-Air Refuelling Solutions Available From Civil Operators

    Paulo Mirpuri

    Paulo Mirpuri, President, Skytech

  • Solutions available from the civil world for worlwide troops and cargo transportation
  • Air-to-air refuelling solutions
  • Air ambulance solutions
  • VIP transportation solutions
  • Training solutions
  • Special projects under development
  • Dangerous Goods management and transportation
  • Emergency response & rapid reaction operations- air mobility optimization
  • Confidentiality matters
  • Case studies

     

  • 15:20 The Strategic Airlift Capability Program – A Groundbreaking Model For Cooperation

  • Organization and Unique Multinational Structure
  • Operational Capabilities
  • Way ahead
  • Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum, Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    View Bio

    Wiek Noldus

    Wiek Noldus, Programme Manager, Airlift Management Programme, NSPA
    View Bio

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancements in Technology to Transform Next-Generation Airlift Capabilities

    • Next-generation requirements in military airlift
    • An overview of emerging technologies which will contribute to AAR and airlift operations
    • The impact of UAVs on next-generation AAR capabilities
    • How technology will develop in decades to come and the new direction for air transport technology

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency

    James Eisenhart

    James Eisenhart, Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing

    Didier Vernet

    Didier Vernet, Military Affairs, Airbus Military

    Oleksandr  Kiva

    Oleksandr Kiva, Marketing and Sales Director, ANTONOV Company

    17:10 How USTRANSCOM's Capabilities Advance US and Partner Nation Interest

    Colonel Jeff Menasco

    Colonel Jeff Menasco, USTRANSCOM Liaison to U.S EUCOM, U.S AFRICOM and NATO, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
    View Bio

  • Capabilities and capacity of USTRANSCOM to support worldwide operations in support of the US and our partners
  • Identifying ways to access USTRANSCOM's capabilities and opportunities to advance interoperability
  • An overview of recent operations and how this satisfies critical strategic initiatives
  • 18:30 How The Royal Norwegian Air Force Are Maintaining Their Fleet and Personnel To Satisfy Key Strategic and Tactical Airlift Requirements

    Colonel Torgeir Aas

    Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander, Gardemoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force

    • RNoAF fleet
    • Prioritising missions with a small fleet
    • Education and knowledge
    • Sustainment contracts - helpful or costly
    • Maintenance when deployed

    19:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    19:20 Networking Reception Hosted By Boeing

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency

    9:10 Enhancing The EATC’s Fleet And Capabilities For Europe

    Major General Christian Badia

    Major General Christian Badia, Commander , European Air Transport Command

    • An update on the EATC’s fleet since the recent accession of Spain
         o CASA C-295, C-130H/H30, KC-130H, B707/KC707
         o A400m and A330
    • Further planned enhancements and contributions to the fleet for 2017 and how this will contribute to European airlift
    • How the EATC plans to expand capabilities in year to come

    9:50 How the U.S. Air Force is Satisfying AAR Requirements Across Europe

    Colonel Thomas Torkelson

    Colonel Thomas Torkelson, Commander of 100 AAR Wing, US Air Force Europe

    • An outline of the key responsibilities of 100 AAR Wing relative to strategic and tactical airlift in Europe
    • How 100 AAR are optimising allied partnerships to satisfy key requirements
    • Lessons learnt from recent AAR exercises
    • How 100 AAR Wing will collaborate further to enhance next-generation capabilities
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Update On The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme

    Colonel Johan van Soest

    Colonel Johan van Soest, A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme Steering Group Chairman, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • An outline of the key timelines, features and make-up of the A330 MRTT Programme:
  • Governance
  • Aircraft configuration
  • In-service support
  • Registration
  • Delivery schedule
  • Nations involved
  • How to become part of the programme  
  • 11:40 An Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Update From The European Defence Agency

    Michele Rega

    Michele Rega, Fixed Wing Officer, EDA

  • Why European Air Transport Fleet partnership at the EDA is important for the Airlift community
  • Securing European Tactical Airlift Training
  • AAR, one of the 4 key projects at the EDA
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe

    • Current European capabilities and gaps for AAR
    • How the European MRTT programme will help satisfy key regional requirements
    • The potential for further collaboration, integration and interoperability in AAR
    • How industry can contribute to satisfying AAR requirements in Europe

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency

    Kenneth Carhart

    Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA -NATO

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE

    Major General Christian Badia

    Major General Christian Badia, Commander , European Air Transport Command

    Colonel Franck Verdierre

    Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, MCCE

    14:00 Leveraging Commercial Airlift to Meet Military Logistical Requirements

    Colon Miller

    Colon Miller, Director Government & Defense Programs, Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo

  • Outsourcing Heavy-Outsize-Oversized Airlift for Strategic Objectives
  • Advantages of Public-Private Relationships in Contracted Airlift
  • Airlift’s Role in Combatting Existing & Emerging Threats
  • SALIS – Contributions & Future Use in Support of NATO Objectives
  • 14:40 Readiness and Responsiveness – NATO requirement for Strategic Lift

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE

  • A changing paradigm since NATO was formed
  • NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014
  • Development of the NATO Readiness Action Plan
  • NATO assurance measures
  • NATO adaptation
  • How the meet the requirements
  • 15:20 Satisfying Strategic Airlift Requirements in NATO

    Kenneth Carhart

    Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA -NATO

    • How the Strategic Airlift Capability initiative contributes to NATO requirements
    • Acquiring, managing, supporting and operating three Boeing C-17 strategic transport aircraft
    • Key goals and components of the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) initiative
         o Multinational consortium of 18 countries
         o Chartering the Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft
    • How the NSPA plan to further satisfy NATO member states’ airlift requirements

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Movement and AAR Coordination For Next-Generation Challenges

    Colonel Franck Verdierre

    Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, MCCE

    • How member nations benefit most when they are proactive and engaging at all levels within the MCCE
    • Future air transport and AAR situation and availability.
    • Overview of the efficiency of payments through the Exchange of Services (ATARES) system
    • Looking at missions, exercises and the coordination provided by MCCE

    17:10 Force Deployment – Requirement for EU Common Security and Defence Policy Operations and Missions.

    Colonel Eric Renaut

    Colonel Eric Renaut, Chief Resources Support Branch, EU Military Staff

    •            An overview and illustration of current CSDP military operations and missions, including operational activities and context. 
    •            Past, current and future requirements for these missions.  The commonality across operational areas and the specific challenges of some theatres.
    •            EU solutions based on pragmatic decision making, building better networks with partners and developing a multinational approach.
    •            Multinational logistics, the opportunities presented and the means by which broader capacities can be harnessed and shared.
    •            Other possible routes for improvement, levering broader stakeholders, encouraging capacity building and seeking civilian and military coherence in shared capabilities.

    17:50 Effective Civil-Military Cooperation and Optimisation of Military Assets for Disaster Response

    Eric Perdison

    Eric Perdison, WFP Aviation Services, World Food Programme

    • The role of the World Food Programme (WFP) in disaster relief in relation to UNOCHA and other humanitarian organisations
    • Use of military assets for World Food Programme (WFP) disaster-response efforts
    • WFP’s reliance on civil-military cooperation and key requirements to further enhance the response
    • CASE STUDY: South Sudan and Syria Operations

    18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    18:40 Networking Reception Hosted By Airbus Defence and Space

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Colonel Jeff Menasco

    Colonel Jeff Menasco

    USTRANSCOM Liaison to U.S EUCOM, U.S AFRICOM and NATO, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
    Colonel Thomas Torkelson

    Colonel Thomas Torkelson

    Commander of 100 AAR Wing, US Air Force Europe
    Colonel Torgeir Aas

    Colonel Torgeir Aas

    Commander, Gardemoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Group Captain Andrew Killey

    Group Captain Andrew Killey

    Assistant Head Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements DSCOM Defence Movements Team Leader, UK MOD
    James Eisenhart

    James Eisenhart

    Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing
    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet

    Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
    Major General Christian Badia

    Major General Christian Badia

    Commander , European Air Transport Command
    Pam Valdez

    Pam Valdez

    Director, Derivative Fleet Support and Sustainment, Global Services and Support, Boeing
    Wiek Noldus

    Wiek Noldus

    Programme Manager, Airlift Management Programme, NSPA

    Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga

    Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga

    Colon Miller

    Director Government & Defense Programs, Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo
    Colon Miller

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum

    Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum of the Royal Norwegian Air Force is the Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing from 1 July 2015. He was born in Tonsberg on 24 May 1966.

    Before joining the Heavy Airlift Wing, he served as the Commanding Officer of the 333 squadron, operating the P-3 Orion from Andoya Air Station, Norway. He has held various positions in operational flying units and national headquarters. Colonel Gohn-Hellum started his military career in the Army (infantry) in 1986.

    His international assignments include the C-130J Joint User Group (JUG) Steering Committee, the NATO Standardization Agency (NSA) Air Transport Working Group, and the NATO Air Force Armaments Group Aerospace Capability Group (ACG) 5 on Global Mobility.

    Colonel Gohn-Hellum is a strong supporter of international cooperation and burden sharing within NATO / Partner Nations. He has flown approximately 3,500 flying hours in MFI-15, T-37, T-38, F-5, F-16, DHC-6, C-130, P-3 and C-17. Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum is married to Annette Gohn-Hellum. He has three sons and two stepsons.

    Colonel Eric Renaut

    Chief Resources Support Branch, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Eric Renaut

    Colonel Franck Verdierre

    Director, MCCE
    Colonel Franck Verdierre

    Colonel Jeff Menasco

    USTRANSCOM Liaison to U.S EUCOM, U.S AFRICOM and NATO, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
    Colonel Jeff Menasco

    Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco is the US Transportation Command’s Liaison Officer to US European Command, US Africa Command, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, serving from Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Germany. He is CDRUSTRANSCOM's senior representative to two combatant commands and NATO, and the Commander’s lead representative for all issues involving strategic lift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and deliberate, adaptive and crisis planning at those headquarters.

    Colonel Menasco earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps from California State University Sacramento in 1994. He began his career as an Intelligence Officer in the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, during the Balkan campaigns. He then completed pilot training at Corpus Christi NAS, Texas and has extensive overseas flying and operations experience. He has served in a multitude of operational and staff capacities at the squadron, wing and Headquarter Air Force levels. He was Commander of the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he was charged with preparing, and when tasked, conduct passenger and cargo movement, combat employment and sustainment via airland and airdrop in day or night and adverse weather conditions. Prior to his current assignment, he was a student at the National War College at Ft McNair, Washington D.C. He is a Command Pilot with over 2,900 flying hours in the T-37, T-44 and C-130 aircraft with combat time over Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Colonel Johan van Soest

    A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme Steering Group Chairman, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Colonel Johan van Soest

    Colonel Thomas Torkelson

    Commander of 100 AAR Wing, US Air Force Europe
    Colonel Thomas Torkelson

    Colonel Torgeir Aas

    Commander, Gardemoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Colonel Torgeir Aas

    Daren Adams

    Head of Transportation, NSPA -NATO
    Daren Adams

    Didier Vernet

    Military Affairs, Airbus Military
    Didier Vernet

    Eric Perdison

    WFP Aviation Services, World Food Programme
    Eric Perdison

    Group Captain Andrew Killey

    Assistant Head Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements DSCOM Defence Movements Team Leader, UK MOD
    Group Captain Andrew Killey

    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell

    Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
    Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell

    Group Captain Martin Cunningham

    Chief of Staff, Air Mobility Command, RAF Brize Norton
    Group Captain Martin Cunningham

    James Eisenhart

    Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing
    James Eisenhart

    Kenneth Carhart

    Consultant, NSPA -NATO
    Kenneth Carhart

    Laurent Donnet

    Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
    Laurent Donnet

    Major General Christian Badia

    Commander , European Air Transport Command
    Major General Christian Badia

    Michele Rega

    Fixed Wing Officer, EDA
    Michele Rega

    Oleksandr Kiva

    Marketing and Sales Director, ANTONOV Company
    Oleksandr  Kiva

    Pam Valdez

    Director, Derivative Fleet Support and Sustainment, Global Services and Support, Boeing
    Pam Valdez

    Paulo Mirpuri

    President, Skytech
    Paulo Mirpuri

    Wiek Noldus

    Programme Manager, Airlift Management Programme, NSPA
    Wiek Noldus

    Wiek Noldus assumed his position of NATO Airlift Management Programme Manager on 26 March 2013. He is responsible for the overall management of the Airlift Management Programme of the Strategic Airlift Capability.

    In 1995, he was a project team member for the procurement of the AH-64D Apache, CH-47 Chinook, AS563 Cougar and AB 412HP SAR armed and transport helicopters. After completing staff college in 1998, Wiek Noldus was assigned to Airbase Gilze-Rijen as the Deputy Commander for Support and G4 (Logistic Support) of 11 Air Manoeuvre Brigade.

    From December 2004 – August 2008, he was Weapon System Manager/Head of Department “Fighters and Training Aircraft” (F-16 and PC-7) at RNLAF. With locations in The Hague (NLD), Woensdrecht (NLD), Dayton (USA) and Hill (USA), this department organized the support, continuous operational
    upgrading and airworthiness of approximately 150 aircraft.

    In 2009 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Tilburg (NLD) which complemented his practical experience in the fields of Aircraft System Management, Programme Management, Business Process Management, general management and leadership. Before accepting his current position, he was Head of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) responsible for development, implementation and execution of SAP at NLD MoD. Wiek Noldus considers himself to be a people-oriented leader and he believes that well-qualified and highly motived personnel are the most important asset of every organization. Communication and transparency are very important to empower people to exploit and develop their full potential. Together with his wife Marike he lives in Pápa, Hungary. Their two children work and live in the Netherlands.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporters

    Site Visits

    Pisa Air Force Base Site Visit
    Site Visit

    Pisa Air Force Base Site Visit

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
    1st December 2016
    Florence, Italy

    VENUE

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Lungarno del Tempio, 44, Florence, Italy

    Located just few minutes from the historical center of Florence and near all the major monuments of the Renaissance, the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo has 331 guest rooms and is the city’s largest hotel. It can be easily reached by car thanks to its strategic location and is the ideal solution for events, meetings and conference of all types.

    HOTEL BOOKING FORM

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Airbus Defence and Space

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.airbusdefenceandspace.com

    Airbus Defence and Space is one of the three Divisions of the Airbus Group and Europe’s Number 1 defence and space company. It is the world’s second largest space company and one of the top 10 defence companies globally, with revenues of around €13 billion per year and approximately 38,600 employees. Airbus Defence and Space puts a strong focus on core businesses: Space, Military Aircraft, Missiles and related systems and services. Airbus Defence and Space develops and engineers cutting-edge and peerlessly reliable products in the fields of defence and space. Its defence and space technology enables governments and institutions to protect natural resources, societies and individual freedom. Airbus Defence and Space solutions guarantee sovereignty in foreign affairs and defence matters and its portfolio also ensures communication, mobility, expansion of knowledge, and the safeguarding of the environment. Airbus Defence and Space is composed of three Business Lines: Military Aircraft; Space Systems; and Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS). It brings together a wide portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers across the world. Among its flagship products are the transport aircraft A400M, the military jet Eurofighter and, in the framework of the Airbus Safran Launcher joint venture, the Ariane launcher. The customers of Airbus Defence and Space are as diverse as its products – government defence and interior ministries, national and international agencies, institutions, civil authorities, major platform manufacturers, prime system contractors, NGOs, the industrial sector and commercial companies. Airbus Defence and Space counts more than 40 major locations in Europe and is also set to be one of the global leaders in the defence and space field and is expanding its global presence. Airbus Defence and Space is also located in India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and many other countries, among them French Guiana (Kourou) and Kazakhstan (Baikonur).


    Antonov

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.antonov.com

    ANTONOV Company is the leading aircraft industrial enterprise in Ukraine. With around 70 years’ experience, it belongs to a relatively select group of enterprises world-wide offering the complete cycle for the creation of modern aircraft – starting from pre-project scientific research then taking a project through construction, testing, certification and serial production, and finally following up with comprehensive after-sales maintenance and general support. ANTONOV Company has created more than one hundred types and modifications of passenger, transport and special-purpose aircraft. ANTONOV specializes in the development of cargo planes – this is the class in which it has the richest experience and greatest success. ANTONOV cargo planes are distinguished for their ability to operate in harsh climatic conditions, into remote high-altitude airfields with many kinds of surface, and their utmost flexibility in airlifting the widest range of cargoes. At present, around the world, ANTONOV freighter aircraft are operating with payloads ranging from 2.5 to 250 tonnes. ANTONOV has its own airline activities. With over 25 years’ experience offering for charter its own fleet of 7 AN-124 Ruslan and the world’s biggest AN-225 Mriya, ANTONOV is a world leader in the commercial airlift of defence equipment into challenging locations. This rich combined experience of aircraft design and aircraft operations feeds through into the most efficient aircraft solutions going forwards.


    Hi Fly

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://

    SkyTech is specialized in the supply of aircraft for Defence Transport with maintenance/logistics included and crew, namely: - Military - VIP - Cargo - Air Tanker Tailor-made leasing solutions to Governments and Defence Organizations are available for medium and long term contracts. SkyTech is a brand of Hi Fly for Defence transport solutions and air-to-air refuelling. Hi Fly is a wet leasing specialist Airline, certified by Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), by the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM CAD) and has secured the following approvals to operate in the United States: approval by the USA DOT (Department of Transportation), Ops Specs Part FAR 129, approval by TSA (Transportation Security Administration). Hi Fly operates in full compliance with the EASA, EU OPS regulation and IOSA standards, the most demanding worldwide. With an extensive experience supplying aircraft for several Ministries of Defence and Governments, SkyTech’s team offers a highly qualified customer service, with a long standing commercial, technical and operational experience. Our organization is capable of setting up remote operational basis for the leased aircraft, adapting to the customer's needs, and offers high standards of safety and service (including operating aircraft under your livery) while remaining competitive in the market place, always keeping a tight control over its operations to ensure compliance with EASA and any local applicable regulations.


    JBTC

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://

    JBT®, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge ground support equipment, airport gate equipment, system monitoring, maintenance, baggage handling controls and service, and military ground support equipment. Ground support equipment includes pallet and cargo loaders, deicers, mobile steps, pushback tractors, and towbarless tractors. Airport gate equipment features the Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, the JetPower® ground power family, the JetAire® series of preconditioned air products, JetFlo® water cabinets, and Baggage Buddy™ luggage lift systems. Gate equipment offerings also include central system distribution systems, pits, air handling units, boosted chilled water systems, gate boxes, and controls. JBT monitors GSE and gate equipment with its iOPS apron monitoring and support services. JBT’s service products encompass the maintenance and repair of gate equipment, terminal trains, baggage handling systems, building facilities and more. Services from JBT also include asset management technologies, parts support and a full-range of on-site repair services. Military products include Jetpower® ground power units in 270VDC, 28VDC, and 400Hz 115VAC power all suitably configured for virtually all military cargo and fighter aircraft – including the F35. The JetAire® military air units include the high pressure/extreme ambient (140ºF) air units for fighters, CAS compressed air carts, bleed air carts, and lower pressure carts for cargo aircraft. Products are available as cart mounted, diesel powered, hangar and combination units. JBT offers an expanding line of military ground support equipment -- ship-board power vehicles, aircraft maneuvering devices, pushback tractors, and cargo loaders. JBT offers customized solutions, low life-cycle costs and seamless integration of a broad range of equipment. As a single-source supplier, with unparalleled product range, JBT simplifies procurement, contracting, project management, parts sourcing, and technical support for trouble free operations. Driving for customer success, JBT has been able to reduce aircraft turn-times, reduce and monitor maintenance requirements and increase customer efficiencies. For more than 50 years, JBT® has been the name relied on for the very best in gate related products and services.


    Leonardo

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/

    Finmeccanica is now Leonardo - inspired by the vision, curiosity and creativity of the great master inventor - designing the technology of tomorrow. Leonardo Aircraft Division has a role of primary importance in the world’s civil and defence aeronautical industry. It operates in the design, development, production and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers and unmanned aerial vehicles.


    Northstar Engineering Corporation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.northstar-e.com

    Northstar Engineering Corporation (Northstar) an AS9100 certified small business founded in 1974 and formed under the laws of California with offices at 1400 South Campus Avenue, Ontario, California 91761– USA, CAGE Code 0XK38. Northstar is a leading USA aerospace corporation with over 40 years experience specializes in design, manufacturing, qualification, testing, and support of aerial refueling systems worldwide. Other products include manufacture of SUU-20 Rocket Launchers, and support of aircraft external fuel tanks. Northstar In-house capability includes CNC machining, fabricating, metalworking, assembly, repair, overhaul, testing, etc. Our continuous product improvement program, participation in aerial refueling market place, and customer support gives us first-hand knowledge of the ever-changing requirement and customer’s needs. www.northstar-e.com, Phone (909) 391-2025.


    TLD Group

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.tld-group.com

    The TLD Group is the leading industrial company specializing in GSE.
    Aside from the commercial lines of GSE, many of which meet military application requirements, TLD also offers a wide range of specialized military GSE including High Pressure Air Conditioners, Liquid Chillers, Military Transporters/Loaders, Ammunition Loaders, and Multi Purpose Units, all designed for the most stringent military applications.


    Volga-Dnepr Group

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    Founded in 1990, Volga-Dnepr Group offers a ‘cargo supermarket’ of transport and logistics services for project cargo. The Group incorporates two of the world’s leading cargo airlines: • Volga-Dnepr Airlines is the world’s largest carrier of unique, outsize and heavyweight air cargo, performing charter services with its fleet of 12 An-124-100 freighters and five new generation IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft • AirBridgeCargo Airlines, with its modern fleet of 15 Boeing 747 freighters and additional B737Fs for regional and express cargoes, is one of the fastest-growing scheduled cargo airlines with a route network connecting the major markets in Asia, Europe and North America via its hub in Moscow The capability of Volga-Dnepr’s unique aircraft fleet is optimized by using the unique knowledge and expertise of its international team. This includes its Engineering & Logistics Centre (ELC) which takes responsibility for end-to-end deliveries of customers’ most complex loads, providing an integrated solution based on the potential use of any mode of transport as well as engineering design and manufacturing of special transport frames for cargoes, all ground support, the provision of special equipment, and the entire planning, liaison and documentation processes.

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    Asia Pacific Security Magazine

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    The Asia Pacific Security Magazine is the sister publication to the Australian Security Magazine. It is published bi-monthly – on the alternate month to the Australian Security Magazine – and its content complements the Australian Security Magazine with a strong focus on events. It is available online to read by all and upon every issue release a direct link is sent to a database of subscribers who are industry decision makers.


    Armada International

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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management

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    IJRAM is an interdisciplinary and refereed journal that provides cross learning between: •Different business and economics, as well as scientific and technological, disciplines •Energy industries, environmental and ecological systems •Safety, public health and medical services •Software services, reliability and safety


    SUAS Global

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    SUAS-Global represents UAV Operators, Manufacturers and Service providers all over the World providing them with an online community, the latest information and updates, valuable resources and benefits as well as 24/7 support. SUAS-Global works directly with regulators and legislators and we have partnered with leading specialist organisations to ensure that we have access to the very latest information and guidance needed by our members. Our team have years of experience as operators, airworthiness experts and successful business owners so we are well placed to assist our members.


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    The Drastic News website is your one-stop shop for all things Drones, Robotics, Automation, Security, Technology, Information and Communications. Be kept up-to-date with all the latest industry news and products. It is proudly produced by the publishers of the Australian Security Magazine and the Asia Pacific Security Magazine.


    Defence and Security Alert

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    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Committed to global defence and security, DSA covers a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders. DSA is the only Indian magazine in this genre, available on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Intranet.

    We present DSA to you as an ideal platform in the domain of defence and security to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.



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    Homeland Security Research Corporation is an international market and technology research firm specializing in the Homeland Security (HLS) & Public Safety (PS) Industry. HSRC provides premium market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. HSRC’s clients include U.S. Congress, DHS, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, NATO, DOD, DOT, GAO, and EU, among others; and HLS & PS government agencies in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Singapore. With over 750 private sector clients, including major defense and security contractors, and Fortune 500 companies, HSRC earned the reputation as the industry’s Gold Standard for HLS & PS market reports.


    Australian Security Magazine

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    The Australian Security Magazine is the country’s leading government and corporate security magazine. It is published bi-monthly and is distributed free of charge to many of the biggest decision makers in the security industry and also sold in selected stores. It is a highly respected and sought after publication, incorporating investigative journalism, provoking editorial and up-to-date news, trends and events for all security professionals.


    International Journal of Vehicle Design

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    IJVD, the journal of vehicle engineering, automotive technology and components, has been established for over a quarter of a century as an international authoritative reference in the field. It publishes the Proceedings of the International Association for Vehicle Design, which is an independent, non-profit-making learned society that exists to develop, promote and coordinate the science and practice of vehicle design and safety.


    International Journal of Emergency Management

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    In today's increasing globalised and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies and changing weather patterns, critical infrastructures and social structures are threatened by natural and manmade disasters. Planning for future possible emergencies is essential; their assessment and management equally so. IJEM provides a refereed international forum bringing the latest research to bear on the issues involved, with a focus on contingencies and emergencies as well as crisis and disaster management and planning.


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    IJIDSS proposes and fosters discussion on the development of novel computational intelligence techniques and their application to support systems used by defence personnel. The scope of application covers strategic, tactical and operational decision-making across the entire defence sector, covering areas such as intelligence gathering and analysis, capability assessment, tactics modelling and evaluation and logistics management as well as military systems integration and both semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.


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    Asian Military Review

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    Located just few minutes from the historical center of Florence and near all the major monuments of the Renaissance, the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo has 331 guest rooms and is the city’s largest hotel. It can be easily reached by car thanks to its strategic location and is the ideal solution for events, meetings and conference of all types.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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