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SMi are proud to announce the 20th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition will be hosted in Lisbon from the 3rd – 4th December 2019, with an additional post-conference site visit on the 5th December.  

Developing on the 2018 edition, this year’s conference remains the definitive calendar date for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing crucial updates across the heavy & tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR sectors.

As the world has globalised, the need to deploy and sustain forces from the air remains a mission critical enabler. Similarly, the utility of maintaining airpower through effective AAR has repeatedly demonstrated in recent NATO-led operations, including Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Shader across Syria.

Delivering this capability, as asset costs rise, and budgets shrink remains a key theme for this year’s meeting – as pooling and sharing efforts continue to drive pan-European cooperation. Similarly, integrating commercial solutions into the combined effort and where this can provide the lowest opportunity cost continues to be explored.

With over 120 attendees, 3 drinks receptions, 8 hours of networking and an exclusive site visit to Montijo Airbase – the Military Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling Conference essential platform for military and industry to share comprehensive discussions on the future of this capability.
 

  • Listen to briefings from key allied partners across the strategic and tactical airlift sectors and develop an understanding of programme developments and future requirements
  • Refined focus on the air-to-air refuelling market and how this critical enabler provides mission support
  • Industry presentations from key commercial partners across the domain including Embraer, Leonardo, Airbus and TLD
  • 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:

AFLCMC; AFLCMC/WKDI KC-135 FMS; A-ICE s.r.l.; Air Base Eindhoven; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space - Military Aircraft; Airbus Defence and Space; AMSS Ltd; Boeing; Boeing Global Services and Support; Brazilian Air Force; Cobham Mission Equipment; EATC; Elix Aviation Capital Limited; Embassy Of Argentina; Embassy of Chile; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; Embraer; Embraer Defence & Security; Embraer Defense & Security; ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre; European Defence Agency; French Air Force; GB Consulting bvba; German Air Force; IAI Istituto Affari Internazionali; IrvinGQ; Italian Air Force; Italian Joint Operations Headquarters; JBTC; Jeppesen ; Jetex; Leonardo; Leonardo Aerostructures Division; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Ministry of Defense; Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE); Nato Defense College; NATO NSPA; Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; RAF High Wycombe; Royal Danish Air Force; SAC Heavy Airlift Wing C2 sqn; SHZ Aviation; SkyTech; SMi Group Ltd; Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC); Strategicomms / Flynews; Swedish Armed Forces; The Boeing Company; TLD America; TLD Group ; U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center; UAE GHQ; US Air Force; US Cargo Systems; USAFE; Viasat Inc; Viasat, Inc.; World Food Programme; World Fuel Service; World Fuel Services;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 SMi Group's Welcome Remarks

Mrs Sadia Malick

Mrs Sadia Malick, Director, SMi Group Ltd

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
View Bio

9:00 Opening Keynote Address: Delivering Multi-Purpose Airlift and AAR Capability

  • Current airlift inventory: C-130 capabilities and asset utilisation
  • Upgrade of the C-130 fleet – integrating new cockpit displays, flight management and open systems into the avionics architecture
  • Strategic priorities for the fleet beyond the Flight2 upgrade
  • Requirements for a flexible airlift and tanking capability from a Portuguese perspective
     
  • Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada

    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada, Director, Engineering and Programmes Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    View Bio

    9:30 Strategic Views on the Integration of the KC-390 into the Brazilian Air Force

  • Strategic aims and ambitions of the Brazilian AF: prototyping and procuring the KC-390 to meet regional requirements
  • Tactical and strategic lift requirements within the Brazilian AOR
  • How the KC-390 provides consistent air-to-air refuelling capability for the Brazilian Air Force and enables strategic reach
  • Integrating heavy lift platforms with ISR and other mission critical air assets
     
  • Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez

    Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force

    10:00 Protecting Capital Investments through Enduring Operational Effectiveness

    Mr Simon Johns

    Mr Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development & Sales , Embraer Defence & Security

  • Managing ‘Investment Nerves’ – Out with the Old & In with the New        
  • Mitigating ‘Capability Fade’ - Preparing for the Future
  • Handling the (Emotional) Baggage – Looking After all the Stakeholders
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 EATC: Providing a Unique Framework for Air Mobility in Europe

    Major General Laurent Marboeuf

    Major General Laurent Marboeuf, Commander , European Air Transport Command*

  • European Air Transport Command: an introduction to the organisation and the fleet assets that are utilised
  • Leveraging contracted assets to deliver stop-gap capability within European operations
  • Virtual currency framework for the member states: how to leverage the resources of EATC
  • EATC in support of multi-national air transport operations and aeromedical evacuations
  • Adapting the role of EATC within new pooling and sharing structures
     
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Skytech

    Mr Malcolm Sandford

    Mr Malcolm Sandford, Senior Vice President, SkyTech

    12:00 French Air Mobility Command: Providing Strategic Flexibility

    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre

    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre, Air Mobility Commander , French Air Force
    View Bio

  • New fleets and new capability – delivering multi-role strategic aircraft with large payloads and long range
  • Simulation and training perspectives on airlift: increasing airlift capacity through flight time modelling
  • Providing strategic flexibility: case studies from the French Air Force
  • Facing contextual and structural challenges: balancing human resources and the pragmatic pooling and sharing approach
  • Concluding thoughts: comprehensive approaches to airlift and new battle rhythms
     
  • 12:30 Airbus: a Comprehensive and Complementary Portfolio

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, Airbus Defence and Space

  • A balanced portfolio of Airlift solutions
  • The full range of AAR solutions
  • Innovation in Services with SMARTFORCE
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PANEL: Lifting Together – Delivering Pooling and Sharing that Works

  • An overview of the current pooling and sharing organisations and how they fit into a holistic model for the alliance and partners
  • Growing together: how nation states can integrate themselves into multinational structures
  • How transnationals can provide capacity to smaller nations and offset costs for larger ones
  • Flight hour pricing – delivering a flexible structure for man-hour costings
  • Multifaceted user interfaces for the nations: how to enable easy access to resources
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    View Bio

    14:45 “Ground Handling – the Airlift Bottleneck”

    Mr Julian Stinton

    Mr Julian Stinton, Marketing and Sales , TLD Group

  • Operational Needs – new platforms, same old handling problems
  • Solutioneering and spiral development – working with the front-line User
  • (Not so) Future Concepts - and vectors for development
  • 15:15 Saving Lives | Changing Lives – Utilising Airlift for Humanitarian Aid: the WFP’s Perspective

    Mr Philippe Martou

    Mr Philippe Martou, Chief Preparedness - OSEP, World Food Programme

  • An introduction to the WFP’s food assistance programme and its role in delivering relief and recovery
  • 2030 agenda for sustainable development and how airlift can help overcome hunger reduction goals
  • WFP’s supply chain and air and ground logistical considerations
  • Airlift and airdrop – providing food, shelter, medicines and other critical supplies
  • Case studies of humanitarian response in West Africa in the wake of the Ebola epidemic
     
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed , Leonardo

    16:45 Enduring Courage: Building the Gateway to Europe

    Colonel James G Young

    Colonel James G Young, 86 Operations Group Commander, US Air Force
    View Bio

  • How the C-130 provides strategic depth to US air mobility
  • Considering the operating environment of Europe: key challenges for deployment in congested airspace
  • The ground segment at Ramstein: building synergies between air formations and support teams
  • Air-air refuelling as a means to maximise flight time and enhance capability
  • Recent deployments over Libya: successes in providing fleet utility for air forces
  • The wings role in supplying humanitarian aid – how to enhance future air distribution
  • 17:15 International Cooperation Within the MMF Programme

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen, MMF System Manager, Aviation Support Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    View Bio

  • Current status of the MMF project and its role in spear heading European collaboration
  • MRTT cooperation as a force multiplier and the role of industry in the effort
  • Where greater interoperability can be developed between the allies in the future
  • MMF timeline from 2020 to 2022 – key developments and considerations
     
  • 17:45 MMF Unit Operational Status

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander MMU, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    View Bio

  • Meeting tanker capacity within Europe – feedback derived from operations in Libya
  • How the A330 MRTT will provide additional capacity and current logistical status
  • Modelling and simulation prior to the arrival of the first tankers at Eindhoven
  • Initial operating capability for the MMF – key considerations
     
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    18:30 Post Conference Networking Reception Sponsored by Embraer

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    9:00 Air Mobility Command as an Enabling MAJCOM: Supporting US and Partner Nations with Strategic Airlift and AAR

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for , Air Mobility Command, US Air Force

  • Delivering the right effects to the right place at the right time – AMC’s vision for air mobility
  • Fuelling the fight: air-to-air refuelling capabilities as a force multiplier for US forces globally
  • Saving lives – aeromedical evacuation and patient support enabled through the strategic and tactical lift assets of AMC
  • Delivering hope: key case examples of humanitarian support
  • Planning for Mobility Guardian 2019 and feedback from prior operations
  • Providing future expeditionary options from heavy lift units under AMC’s command
  • 9:30 The Future of Military Air-to-Air Refuelling

    Ms Michelle Toma

    Ms Michelle Toma, Section Chief, KC-135 International Acquisitions, AFLCMC, US Air Force

  • An introduction to the AFLCMC – our role and key stakeholders
  • The KC-135 stratotanker – multi mission responsibilities for AAR and airlift
  • Foreign military sales of legacy tankers within the alliance
  • KC-135 replacement: current timelines in competitions & tenders to provide future AAR capability
  • Concluding thoughts – what we can learn from legacy FMS and future programme development
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor Embraer

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, Embraer

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Strategic Partnerships in the HAW Framework

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    View Bio

  • Strategic Airlift Capability Overview: 12 nations providing a unique, non-NATO capability from Papa
  • Flight inventory of the HAW and contributions from partner nations: providing long term C-17 airlift assets to SAC nations
  • Landing in damaged airfields or remote areas – where airdrops can be further utilised and security considerations in future operations
  • Priorities for the HAW moving forward – working with commercial partners and nation states to expand pooling and sharing
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for World Fuel Services

    12:00 MCCE: Maximising the Capacity of Strategic Lift

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel Eric Herbaut, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

  • Coordinating the multinational use of military lift and AAR across 28-member nations
  • Optimising the use of assets to maintain cost effectiveness – lead nation concepts within MCCE
  • Best practices in the MCCE environment (sharing, commercial partnership)
  • Expansion of the project to new regions to build new relationships and expand the asset portfolio
     
  • 12:30 Operational Support for Today’s Governmental and Military Flight Operations

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Mr Matias Magnasco, Governmental Account Manager, Jetex

  • Specialized Agent providing Flight Support solutions
  • Worldwide coverage for Military and Governmental Operations
  • 24 Hours Operations Centers
  • Presence in conflict and disaster zones
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PANEL: How to Leverage Commercial Aircraft Operations and Maintenance in a Military Environment

  • Sovereign ownership vs leased assets: how does each option help deliver capability?
  • Modularity vs specialist programmes: to what extent should militaries look for bespoke assets?
  • Perspectives from the primes: how industry of all sizes can be integrated into the MRO of military assets
  • Case studies in industry-military collaboration on the provision of strategic and tactical airlift
     
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    Mr Simon Johns

    Mr Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development & Sales , Embraer Defence & Security

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, Airbus Defence and Space

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed , Leonardo

    14:45 The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Centre Past, Present, & Future

    Colonel Byron Newell

    Colonel Byron Newell, Commandant, AATTC, US Air National Guard
    View Bio

  • Brief history of the AATTC
  • Increasing the warfighting effectiveness and survivability of mobility forces
  • Partnerships with 18 allied nations through the total force initiative
  • Providing tactics analysis and tactics development for the mobility community – key insights
  • Future plans and initiatives for the AATTC
     
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Providing Logistical Capacity to Support Global Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, Chief, Air Transport Section, German Air Force
    View Bio

  • German heavy lift capability: A400M as a mid-size tanker & transport asset
  • Delivering humanitarian aid and other cargo to the point of need – versatility of planes and landing requirements where airfields are damaged or lacking
  • Working with commercial partners & ground segments to deliver quick logistical turnarounds
  • Interoperability with key allied partners and feedback from operations in delivering combined capacity
     
  • 16:15 The Spanish Approach to Military Airlift

    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones, Ala 31 Commander, Spanish Air Force

  • Current capabilities in air logistics and AAR – strategic, tactical and operational resources
  • Transition from the C-130 to the A400M: technology, infrastructure and training challenges to be overcome
  • FOC for the A400M: lessons learned and partnerships with other European operators
  • Integration and innovation within a European framework: reducing costs and enabling knowledge and asset exchange
  • 17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    17:30 Post Conference Networking Reception Sponsored by Airbus

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez

    Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez

    Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force
    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre

    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre

    Air Mobility Commander , French Air Force
    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada

    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada

    Director, Engineering and Programmes Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    Colonel James G Young

    Colonel James G Young

    86 Operations Group Commander, US Air Force
    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Ala 31 Commander, Spanish Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Chief, Air Transport Section, German Air Force

    Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez

    Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force
    Air Chief Marshall Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez

    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre

    Air Mobility Commander , French Air Force
    Brigadier General Oliver Fabre

    Brigadier General Olivier FABRE is the French Air Force Air Mobility Brigade Commander since September 2018. This command includes transport aircraft, helicopters and handling units.
    General FABRE is an air force helicopter pilot experienced in SAR, CSAR and navy ship based operations, with more than 3500 flight hours. He participated in the development of the Caracal helicopter.
    Former “Pyrénées” Squadron commander in Cazaux, near Bordeaux, he was also base commander of Brétigny airbase, near Paris. He spent several years in Spain as Staff College Student, air attaché and Defense attaché.
     

    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada

    Director, Engineering and Programmes Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada

    Brigadier General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada is currently Director of the Engineering and Programs Directorate, for which he was designated in December 2018.
    He was born in Beja, Portugal in January 1966.

    He completed his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Energy branch) from Lisbon University, Instituto Superior Técnico. He also completed a master’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences, at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA.

    He began his officer career in the Portuguese Air Force, in May 1990. After concluding the military and technical training at the Air Force Academy, he was stationed at the Weapon System Maintenance Directorate, where he served from 1995 until 2001, performing several engineering roles at the Quality and Engineering Department
    Between 1994 and 1997, he was a teacher at the Air Force Academy, teaching Aerodynamics, Thermodynamics, Operational Investigation, and Propulsion Systems.

    Between 2004 and 2007, he held the position of Portugal “Senior Country Representative”, representing the Portuguese Air Force at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, USA.
    In 2006, he was granted as an Aeronautical Engineering Specialist by the Order of Engineers.

    In 2007, he returned to the Weapon System Maintenance Directorate where he served as the F-16 Weapon System Manager, Engineering/Modification Coordinator for the F-16/MLU Program, Head of Quality and Deputy Director.

    In 2010, he was appointed as the National Representative for the "Operational and Logistics Requirements" Sub-Committee of the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program; position he held until October 2017.

    In 2013, he was appointed as F-16 Sale Program Manager, becoming the Head of the Program in March 2019.

    He has several praises and medals, including an “Emblem of Honor” from the Romanian Air Force.

    Brigadier General Pedro Salvada is married and has two boys.
     

    Colonel Byron Newell

    Commandant, AATTC, US Air National Guard
    Colonel Byron Newell

    Colonel Byron Newell is Commandant of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph, Missouri; working in concert with total force partners from Air Force Reserve Command and Active Duty Air Force to increase the warfighting effectiveness and survivability of mobility air forces. Col Newell entered the United States Naval Academy in 1990, becoming a Naval Aviator in 1996 flying the C-2A Greyhound. In 2004, he transitioned to the 139th AW, Missouri Air National Guard as a C-130H pilot. Col Newell has previously commanded the 180th Airlift Squadron and the 139th Maintenance Group.

    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
    Colonel Eric Herbaut

    Colonel James G Young

    86 Operations Group Commander, US Air Force
    Colonel James G Young

    Colonel James G. Young is the Commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He commands the largest and busiest C-130 and operational support aircraft squadrons in the Air Force, providing the European and African theaters with airlift and aeromedical evacuation support, to include combat ready air transportation, rapidly-deployable equipment, supplies and people. The 86 OG consists of six squadrons to include two geographically separated units and is home to more than 1,100 active-duty, Reserve, Department of Defense and local national civilians. The group operates C-20H, C-21A, C-37A, C-40B and C-130J aircraft.
     

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Commander, 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 and Instructor Pilot in multiple different aircraft.
    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 Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander MMU, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen started his Air Force career in 1981. After graduating from pilot training in 1985 he flew the NF-5 and F-16 and was assigned as squadron commander and Deputy Base Commander Airbase Volkel.

    In 2011 he switched to the Air Transport domain. He was assigned twice to the European Air Transport Command as Head OPS and Functional Division. As of 10 July 2019 he is assigned to be the first Commander Multinational MRTT Unit .

    Col van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 3900 flying hours. During summer 2019 he will convert to the A330 MRTT.
     

    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Ala 31 Commander, Spanish Air Force
    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Chief, Air Transport Section, German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    LTC Struzyna was born on the 27th of November 1961. He joined the German Air Force as officer cadet in July 1982.

    Serving in different military training units of the German Air Force he proceeded to the rank of Captain. With the promotion to Captain the working environment changed from training and education to Logistics, with his first assignment as Squadron Leader of a Transportation Squadron in Bavaria.

    The specialization in Movement and Transportation within the Logistic Services of the German Armed Forces led to assignments in the German Air Transport Command, the Railroad Commanders Office and the German Armed Forces Command USA/CA.

    For 26 years he has been working in finding transportation solutions for military needs, in all modes of transportation in consideration of the whole supply chain, to support and ensure operations and missions worldwide.

    LTC Harald Struzyna is currently Section Chief of the Air Transport Section in the German Logistics Centre in Wilhelmshaven Germany.
     

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    MMF System Manager, Aviation Support Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    After being active duty in the Royal Netherlands Air Force for 34 years as a Logistics Officer and Project Manager, he made a career switch on 1 February 2019 to join NSPA as System Manager for the Multi-role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF). As System Manager he is responsibility for the overall performance of the A-330 MRTT’s in the MMF, where his current focus lies with supporting the Multinational MRTT Unit and arranging the follow-on support, where the acquisition of the aircraft is handed over to OCCAR.

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Manager, Projects and Logistics, Westlake Corporation
    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Mr Julian Stinton

    Marketing and Sales , TLD Group
    Mr Julian Stinton

    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 Malcolm Sandford

    Senior Vice President, SkyTech
    Mr Malcolm Sandford

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Governmental Account Manager, Jetex
    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Mr Philippe Martou

    Chief Preparedness - OSEP, World Food Programme
    Mr Philippe Martou

    Mr Simon Johns

    Vice President Business Development & Sales , Embraer Defence & Security
    Mr Simon Johns

    Mrs Sadia Malick

    Director, SMi Group Ltd
    Mrs Sadia Malick

    Ms Michelle Toma

    Section Chief, KC-135 International Acquisitions, AFLCMC, US Air Force
    Ms Michelle Toma

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporters

    Site Visits

    Site Visit to Montijo Air Base
    Site Visit

    Site Visit to Montijo Air Base

    SANA Metropolitan Hotel
    5th December to 6th December 2019
    Lisbon, Portugal

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    SANA Metropolitan Hotel

    Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Parcela 2, Lisbon, Portugal

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    Interview with Jan Der Kinderen

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    2019 SHORT PROGRAMME

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    2019 FULL PROGRAMME

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    2019 Military Airlift AAR Brochure

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


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    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
    https://www.jetex.com/

    Jetex Mission Planning

    For government agencies and military entities, every mission is critical. Services and supplies need to be delivered on time, at cost, and as expected. Jetex provides worldwide ground support and fuel uplifts for routine flights, VIP operations, and relief flights to disaster and war-torn.

    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.


    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.


    World Fuel Services

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

    As a leading energy solutions and logistics provider for industries, militaries and governments around the globe, World Fuel Services (A Fortune 100 Company – NYSE INT: 83) delivers integrated energy 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 seaports 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 $39.7 billion in 2018. 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. (e-mail: d&g@wfscorp.com)

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    Global Military Communications

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    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    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.


    Airforce Technologies

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    http://www.Airforce-technology.com

    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.


    Avion Revue

    Supporters
    http://es.avionrevue.com

    Since its creation, Avion Revue’s respected team of aviation journalists have kept its readers informed about all aspects of aviation from commercial to military, taking in space, rotary, technical issues, historic and business aviation. Month after month, Avion Revue is the only magazine that covers all the news from the region and around the world, which has helped it to attain market leadership in Spain.


    Epicos

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    http://www.Epicos.com

    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.


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    http://www.SecurityClearedJobs.com

    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Airport Suppliers

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    http://www.airport-suppliers.com

    Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world


    Blog Before Flight

    Supporters
    http://www.blogbeforeflight.net/

    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.


    Air International

    Supporters
    http://www.airinternational.com

    Over the years, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage across the full spectrum of aviation subjects. With more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation, we have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography.


    Military Systems and Technology

    Supporters
    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    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.


    IHS Janes

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    http://www.janes.ihs.com

    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.


    Global Market Insights, Inc.

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    https://www.gminsights.com

    Global Market Insights, Inc. is a global market research and management consulting company catering to leading corporations, non-profit organizations, universities and government institutions. Our main goal is to assist and partner organizations to make lasting strategic improvements and realize growth targets. Our industry research reports are designed to provide granular quantitative information, combined with key industry insights, aimed at assisting sustainable organizational development.


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”), the recognized leader among South American defense magazines. In the market for 29 years, its staff includes the best experts in the field. Sold on newstands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector.


    Fly News

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    http://fly-news.es/



    Aviation News

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    http://www.aviation-news.co.uk/

    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.


    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com

    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    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.


    Technologies.org

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    https://www.technologies.org

    Technologies.org is a collaborative research tool maintained and supported by team of market analysts to track, monitor and share vital information on the latest technology trends by following money trail of government grants and venture capital deals. Sharing market intelligence data helps all parties develop a more complete integrated picture of market and technology trends.


    Combat Aircraft magazine

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    http://www.combataircraft.net

    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.


    Soldier Modernisation

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    http://www.soldiermod.com

    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


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    https://www.marketanalysis.com

    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. https://www.marketresearchmedia.com https://www.marketanalysis.com

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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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