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SMi are proud to announce the 19th annual Military Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition will return to Rome on the 4th – 5th December 2018, with an additional pre-conference focus day on Air-Air Refuelling on the 3rd December 2018.

Building on success of last year’s show, the 2018 edition sets to remain the key calendar date for the globe’s air mobility and airlift professionals with the latest crucial developments across heavy airlift, rotary wing airlift and AAR sectors being covered in-depth.

With operations becoming ever more international the need to upgrade and modernise platforms and build asset pooling and sharing between nations has never been greater. This has a renew importance in light of the growing remit of Air Forces – with humanitarian aid & disaster relief, aerial firefighting and hazmat transportation added to their purview.

New to this year: a dedicated pre-conference focus day on the 3rd December exploring Air-Air Refuelling in depth, analysing operations technology, mission planning & regulation, automatic air-air refuelling (A3R) and rotary wing perspectives.

With over 120 attendees, 2 drinks receptions, 4 hours of networking and an exclusive site visit to Getafe Airbase last year – the Military Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling Conference remains a key calendar date for professionals within strategic mobility.

  • Hear from key allied partners on their airlift and air-air refueling requirements based on their operational experiences
  • Industry briefings from key commercial partners in the airlift and AAR domain including Airbus, Viasat, Airborne Systems, JBTC, Jetex and more
  • Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability 

 

Previous attendees include:

Air Tanker LTD; Airborne Systems; Airborne Systems Europe; Airborne Systems Limited; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space - Military Aircraft; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus SAS; AMSS Ltd; Antonov Airlines; Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports; Boeing; Cargo Facts; CASS / ALCOM; Cobham Mission Equipment; Continental Jet Services; Defense Update; Elix Aviation Capital Limited; Embraer; European Air Transport Command; European Defence Agency; European Tactical Airlift Center; FAM-Fuerzas Militares; French Air Force; German Air Force; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; Heavy Airlift Wing; Hi Fly; ILIAS Solutions; INTA - SP MoD; JAPCC; JBTC; Jeppesen ; JETEX; KH Inc; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Lockheed Martin Information Systems; Logistikzentrum Der Bundeswehr; MCCE; Meggitt (Sensorex); National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA); NATO; NATO HQ; Nova Systems; NTi; OCCAR; Omni Air International; Recotech; RNLAF; Royal Netherlands Air Force; SHAPE; Skytech Inc; Spanish Air Force; Strategicomms / Flynews; The Boeing Company; TLD America; TLD Group; UK MoD; US Air Force; US Air Force Europe; US Air Forces Europe; US Air Mobility Command; USAF; ViaSat Inc.; ViaSat, Inc.; Volga Dnepr; Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 SMi Group Opening Remarks

Mrs Sadia Malick

Mrs Sadia Malick, Director, SMi Group Ltd

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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9:15 The European Air Transport Command’s Solutions to 21st century Air Transport and Air to Air Refueling Challenges

Major General Laurent Marboeuf

Major General Laurent Marboeuf, Commander, European Air Transport Command
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  • EATC as successful pooling and sharing – building and growing
  • EATC as multiplier of the multirole asset’s capabilities
  • EATC as an innovative business model to address the transition between legacy assets and new generation assets and to enhance interoperability
  • 9:45 Supporting RAF Operations Worldwide

    Group Captain Philip Arnold

    Group Captain Philip Arnold, Senior Air Staff Officer, HQ No. 38 Group, Royal Air Force
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  • An introduction to the work of No.38 Group and how it sits within the chain of command
  • How the Tactical Medical Wing has demonstrated lifesaving capabilities through effective aeromedical evacuation
  • The logistics arm of the force – how the A4 supports air operations and exercises across the globe
  • The work of No 38 Group in enabling air movements and how the RAF intends to enhance this moving forwards
  • From ground segments to operation planning and execution: building a streamlined air mobility process
  • 10:15 Overall BGS Overview

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger, Director, Europe Israel, International Government Services, Boeing Global Services
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  • KC-46 Overview
  • Italian Air Force Speaker, overview
  • Joint Boeing/ Italian Air Force overview of ongoing efforts
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 The Danish Approach to Military Airlift

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose, Head of Operations, Royal Danish Air Force
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  • Current inventory of the Royal Danish Air Force and planned development
  • The role of the Air Transport Wing Aalborg in providing operating flexibility for Danish forces
  • The C-130 Hercules as a multi-role platform
  • Ground logistics and its importance in achieving mission assurance
  • Building coordination between partner nations to enable long distance operations
  • 11:45 Airbus Defence and Space: Keynotes From Industry

    Mr Jose-Luis  De Miguel

    Mr Jose-Luis De Miguel, Head of Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space

    12:15 What does 'ETAP/ETAC Stand for ... and Does it Work/Help?

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser, Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
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  • An overview about the history of European Tactical Airlift Programme (ETAP) and …
  • The remit of European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC)
  • Our products => projects (pooling and sharing as an efficient and effective solution)
  • A glance at the future
  • 12:45 Panel Discussion: Strategic Airlift Roundtable Discussion

     

     

     

     

  • Recent test and evaluation on the A400M – operational requirements derived from military testing
  • Balancing cargo, troop transport and MEDEVAC functions of the platform: how to ensure it remains truly multi-role
  • Optronics and avionics, ensuring that pilots have effective situational awareness when deployed to complex airspaces
  • Feedback from utilisation within mission parameters such as Operation Serval
  • How to extend flight time through effective AAR
  • Planning for legacy – locking in payload requirements for the next 10 – 20 years
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser, Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
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    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management , NATO Support and Procurement Agency
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    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose, Head of Operations, Royal Danish Air Force
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    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler, Chief of Fixed Wing Branch, Air Mobility Brigade, French Air Force
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    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Enhanced Aerial Delivery Mission Effectiveness And Survivability

    Mr James Robertson

    Mr James Robertson, Principal Engineer, IrvinGQ

     

     

     

  • Compatible and integrates with standard cargo parachute rigging procedures
  • Increased operation drop zone wind Limits
  • Interoperability with different cargo parachute systems
  • Retrofitted to all AD Systems
  • Reusable (on condition)
  • Current weight range is 0lbs - 26,000lbs per disconnect
  • System of 4 for platform deliveries has a weight range of 0lbs – 42,000lbs
  • Configurable for Land or Marine operations
  • Environmental Tested
  • 15:00 An Introduction to the Heavy Airlift Wing – Building Strategic Partnerships

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability, Heavy Airlift Wing
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  • What the Heavy Airlift Wing aims to achieve and how it delivers pooling and sharing
  • Mission composition and further plans to expand nation spread
  • How the Heavy Airlift Wing reacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and its wider role providing disaster relief
  • Working towards mission requirements: providing flexibility in airlift capability
  • Analysis of the C-17 and its role in providing strategic mobility for allied forces
  • Conducting mission runs in a degraded environment – how weather and hostile air space can influence mission planning
  • Lessons learned from deployment and how this fits into the wider future HAW apparatus
  • 15:30 Air Portable Logistics Support Equipment – Critical to Operations

    Mr Scott B Gwilliam

    Mr Scott B Gwilliam, Global Business Manager, JASE, JBTC
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  • Versatility
  • Agility
  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Affordability
  • Anecdotes
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Key Approaches to the Coordination of Military Lift and Air to Air Refuelling

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut, Director, MCCE
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  • An introduction to the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) and its role in coordinating allied airlift and AAR aptitude
  • How the ATARES agreement balances nations assets and pools capability, contracts and access to commercial organisations
  • Recent feedback from exercise Trident Juncture and exercise Frisian Flag in pooling air assets
  • Developing a timeline for realising collaboration between partner nations on military sealift
  • Integrating new allied states into the MCCE agreement to further expand its remit and streamline resource use
  • 17:00 Leonardo Aircraft C-27J Spartan: a True Military Answer to Military Requirements

    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos

    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos, VP International Sales, Leonardo

     

     

     

  • Twin-engine turboprop with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and systems.
  • High performances, high cost-effectiveness, extreme operating flexibility and the only aircraft of its class offering interoperability with heavier airlifters.
  • Capable of performing many missions such as transport of troops, goods and medicines, logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation), airdrop operations, paratroopers’ launches, search and rescue (SAR), fire fighting, humanitarian assistance and missions in support of homeland security.
  • 17:30 Closing Keynote Address: Successes of French Air Mobility Command in Providing Strategic Flexibility

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler, Chief of Fixed Wing Branch, Air Mobility Brigade, French Air Force
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  • Providing long range, reactive and adaptable airlift capability within a global setting – the mission
  • Assessment of passenger transport, cargo movement and AAR refuelling capabilities of multi-role tankers
  • The A400 – providing tactical assets with strategic range
  • Requirements for the next generation of platforms: integrating better range, speed and payload to air mobility assets
  • Current training paradigms for ground segments and building interoperability
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:30 Networking Reception Hosted by Boeing

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    9:15 Enabling Rapid Global Mobility

    Brigadier General William Knight

    Brigadier General William Knight, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
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  • An overview of the work of the US Air Force Expeditionary Centre and how it feeds into wider US air mobility capability
  • Contingency response: fostering close relationships with coalition partners through tactical and air and ground operations
  • Unique challenges for global mobility: operating in low-light and adverse weather conditions
  • Priorities for enhancing contingency response – key approaches
  • US training and simulation for air mobility
  • Processing and planning: utilising effective training to ensure international operations are performed flawlessly
  • 9:45 Opening Address: Italian Airlift Capability Evolution

    Colonel Luca Tonello

    Colonel Luca Tonello, Chief OPS & Training, Italian Air Force
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  • Balancing intertheatre and intratheatre capability and where enhanced systems are required
  • The niche uses of airborne transport: use of airlift by the Italian Air Force for Special Operations and aeromedical evacuation
  • How to overcome challenges around new technologies and infrastructure and how staff training and organisation offers a path forward
  • Platform update: how the C-27J has performed in recent exercises and its use in direct support activities
  • How joint operations are enabled by airlift and how this is coordinated in cross-branch missions
  • 10:15 Operational Support for Today’s Governmental and Military Flight Operations

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Mr Matias Magnasco, Governmental Account Manager, Air Forces Division ISO Corporate Account Manager , JETEX
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  • Specialized Agent Providing Flight Support Solutions
  • Worldwide Coverage For Military and Governmental Operations
  • 24 Hours Operation Centers
  • Presence In Conflict And Disaster Zones
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Canadian Tactical and Strategic Airlift

     

     

     

  • Why the 1st Air Division is at the forefront of Canadian military airlift as the key response unit to international events
  • The airlift ground segment – an overview of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)
  • Feedback from deployment as part of Operation Mobile within Libya and how AAR capabilities allowed for extended flight time above Libyan air space
  • Overcoming unique arctic airlift challenges and ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces can effectively operate within polar regions
  • How the CC-177 Globemaster provides unique air mobility and plans to upgrade its flight capacity
  • Enhancing interoperability with allied partners and how this streamlines coalition operations
  • Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood, Senior Staff Officer, Air Mobility, Royal Canadian Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro

    Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro, Commanding Officer 437 Transport Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
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    11:30 How Tankers are Connecting the Battlespace Through Broadband

     

     

     

  • Transforming tankers into a Situation Room in the Sky / Global Command Center
  • Expanding the tactical edge by connecting the disconnected
  • Delivering increased situational awareness to the battlefield
  • Mr Colin Sage

    Mr Colin Sage, Business Development Lead, Viasat

    Mr Phil Chacon

    Mr Phil Chacon, Business Development Lead, ViaSat
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    12:00 How the Continental Movement Coordination Centre is Building the Logistic Capability of African Air Forces

    Group Captain David Akrong

    Group Captain David Akrong, Acting Chief, Continental Movement Coordination Centre
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  • An introduction to the work of the Continental Movement Coordination Centre and its role and scope
  • How African nations have taken the lead on UN-backed peacekeeping missions in the region and what this means for logistical demands on military forces
  • How the CMCC feeds into the wider African Standby Force concept and key timelines for implementation
  • Exploiting both commercial and military airlift capability and roadmap for an African led airlift exercise
  • Training plans for utilisation of effective C2 within African-led airlift operations
  • Future priorities for the centre and working with key international partners as part of this approach
  • 12:30 Mastering Tactical Airlift Modularity in the 21st Century

    Mr Simon Johns

    Mr Simon Johns, Vice President Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer Defence & Security

     

     

     

  • How operational requirements shaped the KC-390
  • Exploiting the KC-390 capabilities
  • Exploiting the KC-390 modularity
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Panel Discussion: Airlift for Humanitarian Response and MEDEVAC – Building Collaboration and Coordination

     

     

     

  • The importance of humanitarian response and MEDEVAC sectors and the role of airlift in providing rapid response to emerging emergencies
  • Humanitarian cargo: combating disaster through rapid provision of aid
  • Current aid packages available within partner organisations and cooperation with military forces to exploit assets for humanitarian airlift
  • Recent experiences of humanitarian airlift:
  • EU and UNICEF’s response to the earthquake in Nepal
  • UN-World Food Programme first aid airlifts to Iraq and Syria
  • Air-air refuelling as a tool to extend airlift reach and save lives through rapid crisis response
  • Saving time, saving lives: why effective MEDEVAC response time remains critically important to maximise the effectiveness of air response
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Mr Denys Saltanov, Head of WFP Aviation Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme
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    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata, Logistic and Support Branch Head , EU Training Mission Somalia
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    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger, Director, Europe Israel, International Government Services, Boeing Global Services
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    14:45 Airlift as a Means to Save Lives: Case Studies From the World Food Programme

    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Mr Denys Saltanov, Head of WFP Aviation Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme
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  • The logistics challenges for humanitarian airlift and how to overcome them
  • Key case studies: delivering emergency foods from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot to Papua New Guinea
  • Handling large airlift tonnage and critical considerations for large scale relief operations
  • Enhancing response times to natural disasters to maximise lives saved
  • Considerations for platform landing in degraded environments – examples from the WFP’s recent efforts
  • Exploiting unmanned systems to maximise global coverage and provide rapid and flexible response capability
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Maximizing the effect of Multi-National Intelligence support to Military Airlift

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve, Head of Quality Assurance of Training and Education, Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Intelligence support to airlift within a multi-national context: what it means and how to achieve it
  • Conducting operations in hostile and degraded environments – how to maximise survivability of air crews and platforms
  • Planning approaches that make use of effective situational awareness
  • How to coordinate and effectively integrate multi-source intel to optimise mission effectiveness
  • 16:15 Logistics in Degraded Environments

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata, Logistic and Support Branch Head , EU Training Mission Somalia
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  • The Somali Culture and heritage
  • Somali everyday life
  • The ambitions and aims of the EU Training Mission in Somalia and its current status
  • J4 (Logistics) presentation /logistical perspective
  • 16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    18:00 Networking Reception Hosted by Airbus

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General William Knight

    Brigadier General William Knight

    Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Director, MCCE
    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Group Captain Philip Arnold

    Group Captain Philip Arnold

    Senior Air Staff Officer, HQ No. 38 Group, Royal Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    Head of Operations, Royal Danish Air Force
    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Senior Staff Officer, Air Mobility, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Major General Laurent Marboeuf

    Major General Laurent Marboeuf

    Commander, European Air Transport Command

    Brigadier General William Knight

    Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
    Brigadier General William Knight

    Brigadier General William “Bill” Knight is Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response, and building partner capacity mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The Expeditionary Center provides operational control of the Expeditionary Operations School and administrative control for five wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command. These units include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field, North Carolina; and the 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.


    General Knight was commissioned in 1989 after graduating from Auburn University. He has held command positions at the squadron level and twice at the wing level. Additionally, he has held staff positions at Headquarters Air Mobility Command and on the Joint Staff. He has extensive operational flying experience, including several deployments supporting contingency and combat operations around the world. Prior to his current assignment, General Knight served as the Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team Two, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center on the Joint Staff in Washington, District of Columbia.

    General Knight is a command pilot with over 2,800 flying hours in KC-135, C-130, UH-1, and T-38 aircraft.
     

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Director, MCCE
    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut is a native of North of France, graduated from the French Air Force Academy, Salon de Provence, in 1994.


    An air transport pilot officer, he has served in multiple positions at squadron level as pilot leader and instruction officer on several types of aircraft (C130, DC8, A310, A340). Subsequently he has served as squadron commander of the strategic air transport squadron 3.60, based in Creil Air Force Base for 5 years. During this period, he worked on the optimisation of strategic air transport plans for several deployments, the entry into service of the A330 MRTT and the integration of the EATC processes.
    His operational deployments include operations in Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, the Balkans, East Timor (INTERFET) and flew operationally in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He logged more than 6000 flying hours and 150 combat missions.


    Colonel Eric Herbaut is currently the head of Policy and Legal Affairs branch in the European Air Transport Command (EATC). He’s particularly in charge of the relationship with non-participating nations and international organisations like EU, NATO, UN and MCCE. He’s responsible for the organisation of the main EATC steering groups. He was notably committed to establish the letters of intent signed between EATC and EUMS, SHAPE, MCCE and most recently EDA-OCCAR.


    He was awarded the ‘ordre national du mérite’ medal and the legion of honor and has earned several operations’ distinctions and the Combatant medal.
    His military education includes the Joined War Staff College and he holds a master degree in aeronautics.


    Married to Stéphanie and two children, he lives in Belgium and enjoys gardening, cycling, running and playing guitar and piano, badly.
     

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James S. Sparrow of the United States Air Force is the Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing, HDF Pápa Air Base, Hungary from 6 July 2017.
    Colonel Sparrow received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993. He has served in a variety of positions at the Squadron, Group, and Wing levels, including Evaluator Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Functional Check Flight pilot, Scheduler, Training Officer, Executive Officer, Flight Commander, and Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer, and Commander.


    Following attendance at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, earning the Joint Planner Designation, he served on the staff of U.S. European Command in a variety of positions within the Directorate for Strategy, Policy, and Assessments including duty as the command lead for the stand-up of the Strategic Airlift Capability program from 2007-2009. Following his first tour in Europe, Col Sparrow served as a C-17 Operations Officer during one of the busiest operations tempos in Mobility Air Forces history including a combat deployment with his squadron. After this he commanded the 37th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus AFB, Mississippi producing over 230 pilots yearly for the U.S. Air Force and international partners in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and the International Aviation Leadership Program flying the T-6 Texan II trainer.


    After his Squadron Commander tour, he served as the Chief, Security Assistance Policy, International Training and Education for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (SAF/IA). In this capacity he was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing policy to optimize the U.S. Air Force’s security cooperation programs with partner nations to include managing aviation and technical training courses, flying exercises and requirements for international partners.


    Prior to his assignment to the HAW, Col Sparrow was the Vice Commander, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska providing the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, trained and equipped tactical air dominance forces, command and control platforms, and strategic and tactical airlift resources for contingency operations to include interception of hostile forces within the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The 3rd Wing operated C-17, F-22, E-3, and C-12 aircraft to support this mission set.
    He is a Command Pilot with over 6,000 flying hours in T-37, T-38, C-5, T-1, C-17, T-6, C-12, and E-3 aircraft.
     

    Colonel Luca Tonello

    Chief OPS & Training, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Luca Tonello

    Luca Tonello was born in 1964 and joined the Italian Air Force in 1983. He attended the Air Force Academy and was graduated military pilot in 1988. For twelve years served in the 46TH Air Brigade, main ITAF transport unit, flying mainly as G 222 (C 27A) and C 130J pilot, aircraft commander. During this period of time he had the position of Flight Safety Officer, 2ND Squadron Commander and Director of Operations. From 2002 he worked in the IT Air Operations Centre as Air Transport Cell Chief dealing with air transport management. From 2004 till 2008 he was in Eindhoven NL at the European Airlift Centre than at the Movement Coordination Centre Europe as Deputy Director. From the end of 2008 till 2011 Col. Luca Tonello was the 41ST Anti-Submarine Warfare Wing and Sigonella AFB Commander. Next job was in the Italian Joint Force Head-Quartiers, joint, deployable, rapid reaction Command & Control centre, as Chief of Staff. At the end of 2015 he assumed the position of Air Mobility and Special Forces Command Chief Operations and Training in Roma-Centocelle AFB.

    During his career Col. Luca Tonello took part into a number of real operations: Provide Comfort in Iraq in 1991, Humanitarian Assistance in Bosnia Erzegovina in 1992, UNOSOM I and UNOSOM II in Somalia from 1994 till 1995, Alba/Arcobaleno in Albania in 1997, in Kosovo and Timor East in 1999. For twelve years he operated in firefighting activity as G 222 pilot. In 2000 he flow the first ITAF C 130J from Lockheed Factory, in Marietta GA USA, to Italy. During the Libyan crisis in 2011, acting as Wing and Base Commanding Officer, he had to support several international task forces operating from Sigonella AFB, in Sicily. During 2017 he acted as Commanding Officer of the Joint Air Task Force of the Training Advise Assistance Command West of the NATO Mission Resolute Support, in Afghanistan, with the function of Senior Airfield Authority of the international airfield of Heart. He has 4.500 hours (include 200 in war environment) flying with SF 260, MB 339A, G 222, C 130J, C 130J-30, BR 1150 Atlantic.

    For his job he has been awarded with several national and international decorations: the ITAF Meritorious Medal (silver), for his performance as Wing/Base Commanding Officer during the Libyan crisis, the Defense Medal for special meritorious effort (Kingdom of Denmark – Support to the RDAF during the crisis of Libya), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (USA) and others.

    He wrote articles for Rivista Aeronautica and Sicurezza del Volo, ITAF official magazines, gave lectures and presentations for the ITAF College, Leonardo Company and other national and international organizations. He is member of the ITAF Project Team on C 27J Special Variants.

    Col. Luca Tonello has a Politics Science Master University degree (University of Trieste), a Aeronautics University degree (Federico II University of Napoli), a Strategic-Military International Studies Master (University of Milano and LUISS G. Carli University of Roma). He attended the Joint Staff College in Roma in 2001/2002 and is qualified as Legal Advisor for Armed Forces.
     

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management , NATO Support and Procurement Agency
    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr. Tuñón commissioned from the Spanish Army Military General Academy, class XXXVII. He holds a Ph.D. degree in automation and robotics from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a Master (Phil.) degree in Project Engineering from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, and a Master degree on International Politics from the Centre Européene des Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques in Brussels.


    Dr. Tuñón has worked for NATO over the last 25 years. He has occupied technical and management positions in all the stages of Life Cycle Management from system concept definition to retirement. He was a pioneer in the re-engineering and automation of logistic process leading the implementation of logistic information systems widely used in several NATO Nations.
     

    Group Captain David Akrong

    Acting Chief, Continental Movement Coordination Centre
    Group Captain David Akrong

    I am an active serving officer of the Ghana Air Force and a pilot by profession with over 25 years’ experience in the military. I am currently seconded to the African Union Peace Support Operations Division (AU-PSOD) as Aviation Planner for AMISOM operations in Somalia.


    Prior to my joining the AUC, I was the deputy director of Air Operations. In addition to my primary responsibility as the aviation planner, I also serve as the acting chief of the Continental Movement Coordination Center (CMCC). I served substantively, first in this position, during the African Union continental wide exercise dubbed "AMANI AFRICA FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE II" (AA FTX II) held in Lohatla, South African from October - November 2015. At present, my main focus is working towards the establishment and operationalization of the Continental Movement Coordination Center (CMCC) and the Regional Movement Coordination Centers (RMCCs) within the five regional blocks of the African Union.


    I hold a Master’s degree in Military Operations Art and Science from the Air University, Maxwell Air Base in Montgomery, Alabama; a post graduate certificate in public administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Green Hill, Ghana; a Diploma in Military Studies from the Ghana Military Academy; and currently pursuing a Diploma in Logistics Management from North Kent College in the UK (Distance Learning).
     

    Group Captain Philip Arnold

    Senior Air Staff Officer, HQ No. 38 Group, Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Philip Arnold

    Group Captain Arnold has staff experience in a number of areas, most notably at the Operational Level: in SJFHQ, the ARRC and the JFAC; at Air Command in Strategic Planning and within MOD working on strategic logistics infrastructure. In command, he was OC Transport and Movements Sqn at RAF Mount Pleasant and Station Commander at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. Operational tours have included Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Africa. He has studied at the University of Glamorgan, the Open University and the USAF Air University at Maxwell AFB. Overseas tours have included Alabama, Germany, the Falkland Islands and Kenya. Married with two young children he retains a degree of sanity by reading, running slowly and flying Powered Paragliders.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    Deputy to Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander von Lengriesser

    LtCol vL joined the GAF in 1985. He is a true fan of ‘heritage airplanes’. In his military career he flew 4.500h on Transall C-160 and B-707.
    ‘Since modernisation doesn’t stop in front of cockpit doors’, he decided to continue his service flying a desk. He vested several different positions within the GAF Forces Command, Air Transport branch. His first international assignment he committed at the NATO E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen (in good old Germany).
    Currently he is the Assistant to the ETACCOM (Spain, finally), trying to bring in the knowledge he gained witnessing the first steps of the ETAP.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro

    Commanding Officer 437 Transport Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro

    Lieutenant Colonel Diane Baldasaro joined the RCAF in 1996 and it was with great enthusiasm that she commenced flying global airlift operations on the CC-130 Hercules. After qualification and employment on the three major roles of the CC-130, (Search and Rescue, Air-to-Air Refueling, and Tactical Airlift), her career shifted to instruction as the Chief Flying Instructor for the NATO Flying Training Program in Canada. After her promotion to her current rank, and redesigning the RCAF Test and Evaluation Program as a project with the RCAF Aerospace Warfare Center, she was appointed to her current position as the Commanding Officer of 437 Transport Squadron.

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler

    Chief of Fixed Wing Branch, Air Mobility Brigade, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Koessler


    Date of birth: 1976/11/23 in Toulouse
    Married and father of three children.
    Transport pilot on C160, C130, and DHC6.
    5000 flight hours.

    Career

    Admission to the “Ecole de l’Air” in Salon de Provence in 1998.
    five month of exchange in the USAF Academy in Colorado spring in 1999.
    Pilot training and first assignment on C160 on Evreux Air BASE in 2002.
    Chief of ops-wing of a tactical transport squadron from 2009 to 2012
    Graduated from Staff War College in Paris in 2013.
    Commander of a tactical transport squadron from 2015 to 2017.
    Numerus overseas operations in Africa and Middle East from 2002 to 2017
    Assignment as military assistant of the Air Mobility Brigade Commander in 2017.
    Assignment as Chief of the fixed wing branch since September 2018
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    Head of Operations, Royal Danish Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Hans Skovmose

    I joined the Danish Pilot Training Program in 1991 and after completing the pilot training I flew F-16 for more than 10 years. Among others I flew missions during OAF and OEF. After having a desk job at Tactical Air Command Denmark, I went to the Air Transport Wing where I have had a number of different jobs. Apart from flying the CL-604 I have been Deputy Commander 721 sqn, Chief of Current Ops, Chief of Plans and Policy. In the period I commanded C-130 detachments in ISAF, SERVAL, MINUSMA and OIR. After a short period as Deputy Head of J3 INTOPS AIR at Defence Command Denmark, in 2017 I returned to the Air Transport Wing as Head of Operations.
    of Operations.

    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata

    Logistic and Support Branch Head , EU Training Mission Somalia
    Lieutenant Colonel Salvatore Tagliata

    LTC Salvatore TAGLIATA was born on 06 April 1959 in Bologna (Italy). He attended the Italian Military Academy in Modena (1981-1983) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the Transport and Material Corps School in 1983. Following the specialization training in Rome (1983 - 1985), he was posted on 1985, on promotion to First Lieutenant, to the Logistic Battalion of ‘Mantova Brigade” in Tricesimo (Udine) as Platoon Commander.


    On promotion, he commanded the Maintenance Company and the Transport Company of the same Battalion. He served also at 1^ S.A.R.E. in Turin as Maintenance Section Chief. Following he served at Transport and Material School in Rome as University Subjects Section Chief, at Logistic Support Battalion to Transport and Material School as Deputy Commander and Training Section Chief. He was posted later at Logistic Command / Transport and Material Corps in Rome as Staff Officer at special and anti-tanks weapons Section.


    He was then (2000) deployed to Albania at KFOR COMMZ(W), as Mayor, he covered the position of Chief J4 and later on Chief Joint Visitors Bureau (JVB) .
    He was deployed very soon (2001-2003) to UNMOGIP (United Nations Mission Observers Group India Pakistan) as Military Observer (2001-2003).
    LTC Salvatore Tagliata's command experience includes a tour as Commander of 10th Transport Battalion “Salaria” in Rome.
    Following a spell at Logistic Command / Transport and Material Corps in Rome as Section Chief of light weapons and mortars.
    As international appointment he was assigned (2006-2009) at 1^ German/Netherlands Corps at the Movement and Transportation Section as Staff Officer Plan. Back in Italy he has been appointment (2009 – 2013) at NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC – ITA) in Solbiate Olona (Varese) as Staff Officer J4 Coordination Operations cell and later at Rear Support Command (RSC) as Staff Officer Logistics Operations.
    On 15th January 2013 he has been deployed to International Security

    Assistance Force (ISAF) as Operations/Logistics Chief advisor at NMCC (National Military Coordination Center) - Afghan MoD – Kabul. Since 30 September 2013 he is posted at NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome, as Head Branch, Logistics and Support. He has been deployed from 18 February 2016 to 2nd September 2016 at Resolute Support Mission in HQ Kabul - Afghanistan, covering the higher rank position as Colonel of Joint Logistics Operation Chief.
    From 20th October2017 to 9th June 2018 LTC Tagliata has been deployed to European Union Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia in Mogadishu as Chief J4.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve

    Head of Quality Assurance of Training and Education, Swedish Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Arve

    Lt Col Sten Arve is a senior staff officer in the Swedish Air Force. He has held several positions within Air Surveillance system in the Cold War era. . He recently worked with development of future Multi-Sensor systems as Head of Joint Sensors. After the Advanced Staff and Command Course, he widened his expertise in the intelligence field and has served in varied positions internationally as well as at different levels of command, from NIS to field operations level. He was Head of Intel at the Heavy Airlift Wing during 2012-2015. His current position is Head of Quality Assurance at the Centre for Training and Education in the Swedish Armed Forces.

    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Senior Staff Officer, Air Mobility, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutentant Colonel Dean Rood

    Major General Laurent Marboeuf

    Commander, European Air Transport Command
    Major General Laurent Marboeuf

    Date of birth: 29 March 1965 in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique (44).
    He is married with 3 children.
    He joined the French Air Force Academy (École de l’air) in September 1986
    and got his transport pilot Wings in 1990.

     

    2016 Air Mobility Brigade Commander at the Air Forces Command, Bordeaux-Merignac
    2015 Deputy Head of the joint Permanent Secretariat of the aeronautics Maintenance Repair
    Overhaul at the French Air Force Air Staff, Paris
    2012 Deputy Commander at the Management Pole at SIMMAD, Bordeaux- Merignac
    2011 Commander of the 186 Air Base “Nouméa”
    2010 Deputy Commander of the New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC) Commanding
    officer & commander of the Air Component, New Caledonia
    2009 Supervision of trainees at French Joint staff War College, Paris
    2008 Deputy Commander of the110 Air Base, Creil
    2004 Force Generation and Training Headquarter, Creil
    2003 Commander of the 01.062 Transport Squadron “Vercors”, Creil
    2001 Deputy Commander of the 01.062 Transport Squadron “Vercors”, Creil
    2000 Trainee at the French Joint Staff War College, Paris
    1998 Officer at the DGA Operation Directorate
    1997 Assistant to the director of operations at the 01.061 Transport Squadron “Touraine”, Creil
    1995 Flight Commander at the 01.061 Transport Squadron “Touraine”, Creil
    1986 Pilot trainee at the French Air Force Academy, Salon de Provence


    Awards and decorations :

    Officer of the Legion of Honor
    Officer in the National Order of Merit
    Aeronautical Medal
    Overseas Medal with “Democratic Republic of the Congo”, “Cambodia” and “Chad”
    National Defense Medal, silver echelon
    French Commemorative Medal with “Ex-Yugoslavia”, “Haiti”
    Nation recognition Medal
    Medal for voluntary military service, bronze echelon
     

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Director, Europe Israel, International Government Services, Boeing Global Services
    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Sander Schnitger is Regional Director of Europe and Israel for International Government Services for Boeing Global Services. International Government Services (IGS) partners with Boeing’s Commercial and Defense businesses to provide focused, value-based solutions to meet the services needs of customers around the world, regardless of the aircraft’s manufacturer.
    Schnitger leads an empowered and collaborative IGS team as an agile, pioneering, and growth focused ‘Service’ provider of choice for Boeing and Non-Boeing platforms in Europe and Israel. He reports to Torbjorn (Turbo) Sjogren, vice president of International Government Services (IGS) for Boeing Global Services (BGS).
    Prior to joining Boeing, Schnitger was an honored member of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, retiring in July 2016 with rank of Lieutenant-General after Commanding the Air Force from March 2012 to June 2016 with a focus on continual improvement through LEAN methodology, social, technological and cultural innovation and the use of contemporary leadership styles.

    Prior to command of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Schnitger was Director of Plans and Policy for the Chief of Defence (CHOD) office of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands; Air Force Director of Operations; and Base / Wing Commander at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands.
    Schnitger was trained as a pilot at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, receiving his pilot wings in 1984. He began his military career in 1979 at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. Schnitger is a native of Rotterdam, married and has two sons.
     

    Mr Colin Sage

    Business Development Lead, Viasat
    Mr Colin Sage

    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Head of WFP Aviation Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme
    Mr Denys Saltanov

    Denys Saltanov has worked at United Nations World Food Programme for 9 years, the last year as Head of Quality Assurance Unit.  He graduated MSC Aeronautical Engineering from National Aviation University (Ukraine) in 2004 and MSC Air Transport Management from Cranfield University (United Kingdom) in 2015.  He worked in commercial department of Ukrainian Helicopters Aviation Company between 2004 and 2009.  Denys joined WFP in 2009 and worked in various WFP country offices (Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, Kenya etc.) in capacity of Deputy Head of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service.
     

    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos

    VP International Sales, Leonardo
    Mr Eduardo Munhos de Campos

    Mr James Robertson

    Principal Engineer, IrvinGQ
    Mr James Robertson

    Mr Jose-Luis De Miguel

    Head of Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
    Mr Jose-Luis  De Miguel

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet is a colonel in the Belgian Air Force Reserve and as aviation expert working as a freelance consultant since November 2016.

    He joined the Royal Military Academy in 1985 and graduated as a military pilot in 1990. He served as an F16 fighter pilot from 1991 till 2007 and totalizes 2100 Hrs on the aircraft. Throughout his flying career he occupied several positions, finishing as a squadron commander in 2005. He participated to Operation Allied Force in 1999 over Kosovo and was detachment commander of the first Belgian detachment in Kabul in 2005.
    After his operational assignments, he attended Staff College in Paris and worked at the Strategy Department of the Belgian Joint Headquarters in the Capabilities Development Branch as air expert.

    He then joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) in April 2009 and stayed until October 2016. First, as Project Officer in Deployability where he dealt with strategic air and sea lift issues, then as Programme Manager for Airlift and AAR. He was in charge of several projects, out of which EDA’s European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed by twenty Member States in 2011. He also led the C27J and C295 projects and several AAR initiatives like one dealing with A400M AAR role equipment as well as one regarding AAR clearances and certification. In 2012 he initiated an AAR project that resulted into the now well-known Multinational MRTT Fleet.
     

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Governmental Account Manager, Air Forces Division ISO Corporate Account Manager , JETEX
    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Governmental Account Manager, Air Forces Division ISO Corporate Account Manager of Jetex Flight Support in France. Degree in International Relations and Master's Degree in Logistics. Before joining Jetex, he served in the Argentine Air Force as well as in the Ministry of Defense. In addition of his work in Jetex, he performs volunteer tasks in the French Fire & Rescue Corps.

    Mr Phil Chacon

    Business Development Lead, ViaSat
    Mr Phil Chacon

    Phil joined ViaSat in March 2001 as a Principal Engineer/Program Manager. In October 2009, he assumed the role of Business Area Director of C4I Systems. In April 2014, he assumed his current position as Executive Director in Global Mobile Broadband within the Government Systems Segment at ViaSat, Inc.
    Phil has over 25 years of experience in P&L management, systems engineering, strategic planning, portfolio management, and business development in both Commercial and Government satellite communications industries. Previously, Phil served as a Principal Engineer at both Lockheed Martin Corporation and General Dynamics Corporation.
    Phil earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
     

    Mr Scott B Gwilliam

    Global Business Manager, JASE, JBTC
    Mr Scott B Gwilliam

    Scott B Gwilliam, a licensed professional, has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, has worked in the Aviation Industry for 32 years and resides in Salt Lake City. Scott recently completed (July 2014) an Executive Master of Business Administration degree at Brigham Young University. He serves as a voting member on the Aircraft Ground Equipment committee, SAE AGE-3 in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and on two committees with the American Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers. He has worked for the same employer for 32 years, with 15 years Engineering and Engineering Management experience, and 17 years in Product Management, Sales and Marketing.

    Mr Simon Johns

    Vice President Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer Defence & Security
    Mr Simon Johns

    Mrs Sadia Malick

    Director, SMi Group Ltd
    Mrs Sadia Malick

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    Site Visits

    Site Visit to Patria de Mari Airbase
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    Site Visit to Patria de Mari Airbase

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa
    6th December to 8th December 2018
    Rome, Italy

    Focus Days

    Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2018 Focus Day
    Focus Day

    Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2018 Focus Day

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa
    3rd December 2018
    Rome, Italy

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Via Aurelia Antica 415, Rome, Italy

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary

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    Interview with Matias Magnasco, Governmental Account Manager, Jetex Mission

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    An Interview with Speaker: Graham Grice, Military Account Director, World Fuel Services Europe Limited

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    IrvinGQ

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    http://www.irvingq.com

    IrvinGQ Ltd (formerly Airborne Systems ‘Europe’) headquartered in South Wales, has a pedigree in parachuting and aerial delivery that dates back nearly 100 years. We proudly unveiled the return to the IrvinGQ name and the new branding in June 2018. Irvin and GQ Parachutes are our core founding names and are brands that are well known and trusted in the market place. Our reputation is built on trust, knowledge and experience. We are the world’s most trusted design and manufacturing resource for Aerial Delivery solutions, Personnel Parachutes and Naval Decoy Systems. IrvinGQ has recently successfully live dropped our “ATAX” Rapid Rig/De-Rig Aerial Delivery System in multiple configurations from C130. This introduces a new and highly capable Aerial Delivery System to the market, which transform the capability and speed at which military assets can be deployed. IrvinGQ: Transforming the landscape of Aerial Delivery.


    JBTc

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.jbtc.com/aerotech

    JBT® - Mission capable Mission ready. JBT® is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge ground support equipment, airport gate equipment, system / asset monitoring, maintenance, baggage handling system controls and service, and military ground support equipment. A single source supplier for a wide range of aviation related equipment and services. Military Products: JBT offers specialized military products including Jetpower® ground power units for virtually all military cargo and fighter aircraft – including the F35 with its 270VDC requirements. JetAire® military conditioned air units include high pressure/extreme ambient (140ºF) air units for fighters, compressed air carts, bleed air carts, and lower pressure conditioned air carts for cargo aircraft. Products are available as diesel powered towable carts, in hangar-based fixed applications, and as carts offering combinations of conditioned air and power. JBT offers an expanding line of military ground support equipment with the recent acquisition of AMSS (UK). AMSS supplies military loaders, maintenance staging and coolers for rotary and fighter aircraft including the Typhoon fighter. Military ground support equipment includes pallet and cargo loaders, deicers, and pushback/tow tractors. JBT supplies the Halvorsen 3 pallet (25k) loader to the USAF and other militaries as well as the Atlas 4 and 5 pallet (40k, 50k) high-lift loaders. These are air-transportable, high-lift loaders capable of servicing C130s up to B747 cargo aircraft. JBT offers the AgileAir, a replacement for the aging Dash60 and C10 power and air carts (A/M32A-60, A/M31C-10). A single diesel powered cart, the AgileAir supplies three capabilities - conditioned air, bleed air and electrical power – doing so in less space, with a fraction of the fuel, and with much quieter operations. Reduce your logistics footprint with AgileAir. For more than 50 years, JBT® has been the name relied on for the very best in commercial and military AGE and tarmac related products and services. For more information please call 801-627-6600 or visit www.jbtc.com/aerotech .


    Jetex

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

    For government agencies and military entities, every mission is critical. You need services and supplies delivered on time, at cost, and as expected. Jetex provides ground support and fuel uplifts for routine flights, VIP operations, and relief flights to disaster and war-torn areas around the globe. Our dedicated operations team, built by former military personnel, understands the requirements and nuances of even the most complex missions. Jetex is a founding member of MEBAA, a strategic member of IATA, NBAA, EBACE, and is a frequent contributor and sponsor of the industry’s outreach programs. Fly your mission and let Jetex handle the rest.


    Leonardo

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

    Leveraging the design and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers and unmanned aerial vehicles, Leonardo has developed mission-specific aircraft. The C27J is the most flexible, robust and reliable tactical transport aircraft on the market. Designed to support a variety of missions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and tactical transport and built to operate from short unpaved runways in the harshest environments. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.


    SHZ Aviation

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

    SHZ Aviation is a specialty finance company, providing leasing type solutions for military and other special mission aircraft. We use financing tools that have been developed and perfected for over four decades within the world of commercial aviation, and apply them, with the appropriate modifications, to the unique world of military aviation. Our hallmark is creativity and financial flexibility, which enables us to tailor every transaction to the specific requirements of each operator. Our approach is particularly relevant for the financing of military cargo aircraft, trainers, air refueling tankers, ISR and maritime patrol aircraft, enabling OEMs to sell their products, without requiring their clients to pay the entire acquisition cost upfront. Additionally, through the execution of sale/leaseback transactions, we may acquire used aircraft and lease them back to their existing operators, thereby freeing up capital which could be used for maintenance purposes or for acquisitions.


    TLD Group

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

    TLD Group is the global leader for Ground Support Equipment and its sustainment. We design, manufacture, field and support high quality specialised military GSE, as well as a wide commercial range compatible with military airlift and MRTT platforms. TLD’s operationally proven, air-transportable PFA-25 and PFA-50 K-Loaders, High and Low Pressure Air Conditioners, Liquid Chillers and Weapons Loaders support leading air forces on deployed and main base operations around the world.


    U.S. Cargo Systems

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

    U.S. Cargo Systems, formerly known as AAR Cargo Systems, is a worldwide leading supplier of in-aircraft cargo systems for both the commercial and military market segments. Our flexibility as a turn-key systems supplier for the air transport market has allowed us to tailor our services to best fit the needs of our customers. Our sales and engineering teams have worked directly with nearly all Aircraft OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier. We have provided systems for over 40 different aircraft types. U.S. Cargo Systems has developed Aerial Delivery and Cargo Logistic Systems for several military aircraft including the A400M, C-130, C-27J, C-2, CH-47, S-92 and AW-101. Whether the need is for smart, lightweight and robust cargo handling, or flight critical complex systems, we have field proven solutions. In addition to world class military Aerial Delivery and Conveyance solutions, U.S. Cargo Systems has developed and certified commercial main deck cargo handling systems for the MD-11, 747, 767, A300, A310, and numerous regional transport aircraft. We provide ongoing customer support to help ensure efficient operation and long-term reliability.


    Viasat

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

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.


    World Fuel Services

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

    As a leading fuel solutions and logistics provider for industries, militaries and governments around the globe, World Fuel Services (A Fortune 100 Company – NYSE INT: 93) delivers integrated fuel solutions to customers in the marine, land, and aviation segments. With expertise in: fuel supply, logistics, operations, technology, and finance, we provide end-to-end support so that our customers can focus on their core business. Additionally, through a careful programme of growth and acquisition we have developed the company to suit particular markets, importantly retaining the local feel within that market and yet bringing the strength and stability of a truly global company. We operate in more than 3,000 airports, 1,200 sea ports and 1,000 fuel stations and depots in 200 countries and territories – with one million barrels of liquid products supplied every day and two million financial transactions processed every year, amounting to a strong balance sheet of $33 billion in 2017. Highly successful in the traditional market space, World Fuel Services are considered the experts when it comes to operating in challenging environments, be that in support of military operations, such as our comprehensive service provision in Afghanistan, or mining and industrial operations in hot and cold inhospitable parts of the world. In the volatile energy market, when fuel quality and surety of supply are key to the success of your business or operations, World Fuel Services is the strong, trusted partner that you need.

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    Airforce Technologies

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    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


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    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.


    Epicos

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    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


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    Market Research Media Ltd, a leading market research firm, provides comprehensive market research reports and forecasts to assist governmental and corporate decision makers understand the dynamics of world’s technology markets. Fortune 500 companies, US Congress and EU government bodies rely on our strategic insights.


    Embraer

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    Embraer Defense & Security is the leading aerospace and defense industry in Latin America. In addition to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced trainer and the multi-mission KC-390 military airlift, it provides a full line of integrated solutions and applications such as Command and Control Centre (C4I), radars, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and space. This also includes integrated systems for information, communications, border monitoring and surveillance as well as aircraft for authorities’ transportation and special missions. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products and solutions are present in more than 60 countries


    Aviation News

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    As Britain’s longest established monthly aviation journal, Aviation News is renowned for providing the best coverage of every branch of aviation. Now incorporating Classic Aircraft, each issue features the latest news and in-depth features, plus firsthand accounts from pilots putting you in the cockpit. Covering both modern military and civil aircraft, as well as classic types from yesteryear, it features subjects from World War Two, through the Cold War years to present day. Aviation News brings you the past, present and future of flight.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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    Blog Before Flight

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    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.


    Asian Military Review

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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    With in-depth editorial coverage alongside the finest imagery from the world’s foremost aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft is America’s best-selling military aviation magazine. With thought-provoking opinion pieces, detailed information and rare archive imagery, Combat Aircraft is your one-stop-source of military aviation news and features from across the globe. Visit www.combataircraft.net for more information.


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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

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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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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