Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling represents one of the most important components for Air Forces worldwide, underlined by substantial annual investments made by  Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and Defence Industries.

This year's conference will focus on supporting current and future developments by allowing information exchange, networking and new business opportunities.

Keynote presentations and panel discussion will lead the way  and at the same time the conference will offer multiple opportunities to meet and exchange ideas and future projects making this event a truly unique occasion.


  • Meet the decision makers of the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling community
  • Hear the latest updates from the most senior military leaders worldwide
  • Gain unique insight information regarding the current and future projects of Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling
  • Network and create business opportunities with key market solution providers 

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

46th Air Brigade - Pisa; Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd; Air Tanker LTD; Airbus Defence & Space - Military Aircraft; Airbus Defence and Space; Airline Management AS; Antonov Company; Bell Helicopter Textron; Boeing; Boeing international Corporation; Cobham PLC; EATC; Embraer; EU Military Staff; European Air Transport Command ; European Defence Agency; Europrop International; FALKO; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; Heavy Airlift Wing; ILIAS Solutions; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; JBTC; Jeppesen ; JETEX; JETEX US; KH Inc; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Forth Worth; Lufthansa Technik AG; Marshall Aerospace Defence; MCCE; NATO; NATO Airlift Management Agency ; Nato TIDE Sprint; Northstar; Omni Air International; Omni Air International [ O Y] (O A E); RAF; RAF Brize Norton; Rockwell Collins; Royal Air Force; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Royal Saudi Air Force; SHAPE; Skytech Inc; The Boeing Company; TLD America; TLD Group; UK MOD; United Aviation Services; US AFRICOM; US Air Force Europe; US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; Volga-Dnepr Airlines; Volga-Dnepr U K Ltd; World Food Programme; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

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Melia Avenida America

Calle de Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36, Madrid, Spain

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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Located on the west coast of Scotland, at the half way point on the Great Circle Route between the United States and Middle East, Glasgow Prestwick Airport has been providing aviation services to the military for almost 80 years. The airport is a major crew rest, fuel stop and training location for forces from across the globe. It offers two runways (2,987m and 1,905m) and is able to handle aircraft of all sizes. The airport is operational 24/7 and has no slot restrictions or prior permission requirements. The airport has favourable weather conditions and take-off and landing over sea and countryside. Military customers have exclusive access to discrete aprons, hangarage and secure self-manoeuvring parking ramps. Glasgow Prestwick offers the full suite of ground handling services – including steps, ground power unit, towing, de-icing and baggage, cargo and dangerous goods handling. It also specialises in quick turnaround fuel stops for military missions – offering JETA1 and AVGAS 100LL at any time day or night. The dedicated FBO facilities, which include rest areas, washrooms, lounge, briefing/planning spaces, refreshments, computer access and wifi as well as games facilities are located within a few meters of the apron. In addition to the ideal location on the Great Circle Route, the airport also has a fantastic location within Scotland. It is surrounded by world class hotels, whisky distilleries, eateries and golf courses – including Prestwick the birthplace of the Open Championship. Scotland’s largest city – Glasgow - is within 35 minutes’ drive via motorway. The airport team are able to organise accommodation and other hospitality as required. A major benefit of working with Glasgow Prestwick Airport is that all services are managed in-house – giving you a single point of contact for everything you need for your RON, fuel stop or training.


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Major Governmental and Military entities depend on JETEX to support their missions with confidentiality while providing timely supplies to critical operations whatever the nature of the mission may be. We are privileged to serve well known militaries in some of the most remote locations, working with complete discretion and full alertness. Failure is never an option. Jetex routinely provides ground support services and fuel uplift coordination for relief flights in war-torn and disaster struck countries; VIP operations and routine flights for NATO and NON-NATO members around the world. Knowing the importance of providing high standards of services while keeping a low profile; JETEX has a dedicated Operations Team formed by some former military personal to assure we have a solid knowledge of the Military culture and the particular requirements needed to successfully perform your mission. We are passionate and proud about serving the Aviation industry and supporting governmental and military operations. Our strong focus in delivering value to your flight is underscored by our industry affiliations – Jetex is a founding member of MEBAA, a strategic member of IATA, NBAA, EBACE and a frequent contributor and sponsor of the industry’s outreach programs. Fly your mission, let JETEX handle the rest.

TLD Group

Sponsors and Exhibitors

TLD Group is the global leader for GSE and its sustainment. We design, manufacture, field and support high quality specialised military GSE, including operationally proven air-transportable K-Loaders, High and Low Pressure Air Conditioners, Liquid Chillers and Weapons Loaders, as well as a wide range of commercial equipment with military applications.

Volga-Dnepr Group

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


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Melia Avenida America

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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.


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.


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.


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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