SMi Group are proud to announce the 21st annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition will be hosted in Seville from 1st – 2nd December 2020, with an additional post-conference site visit on the 3rd December.

Building on our critically acclaimed 2019 edition, this year’s conference remains the preeminent forum for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing critical perspectives from heavy and tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR industries.

In light of growing operational demands, coupled with recent examples of military support to civilian authorities in the recent COVID-19 epidemic, means that there has never been a more important time to view how armed forces, industry and governments are developing this force multiplier.

Covering key mission areas such as resource pooling and sharing, humanitarian support, AAR technical updates and news from multi-national and national procurement efforts – this comprehensive conference remains the an essential calendar date for those in the airlift and AAR community.

With over 120 attendees, 3 drinks receptions, 8 hours of networking and an exclusive sit visit – the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference is the essential platform for 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;


Brigadier General Olivier Fabre

Brigadier General Olivier Fabre

Commander, Air Mobility Command, French Air Force
Group Captain Doz James

Group Captain Doz James

Deputy Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force

Brigadier General Olivier Fabre

Commander, Air Mobility Command, French Air Force
Brigadier General Olivier Fabre

Brigadier General Olivier FABRE is the French Air Force Air Mobility Commander since September 2018. This command includes both airlift and helicopter assets.
He is an air force helicopter pilot experienced in SAR, CSAR and navy ship based operations, with more than 3600 flight hours. He participated in the development of the Caracal helicopter.
Former “Pyrénées” Squadron leader 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.

Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

Commander Multinational MRTT Unit , 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 as the first Commander Multinational MRTT Unit .

Col van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 4100 flying hours. During summer 2019 he converted to the A330 MRTT.

Fernando Raimundo Martinez

European Tactical Airlift Centre Commander, ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre
Fernando  Raimundo Martinez

Group Captain Doz James

Deputy Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
Group Captain Doz James

Group Captain Doz James joined the RAF in 1989.

His flying career consists of predominately operating the C130 in the AAR, Air Transport and Aerial Delivery roles.

He has commanded C130 detachments in Iraq, Afghanistan as well as the Falkland Islands. As Commanding Officer 24 Squadron, he led the transformation of the C130 training unit to include the initial training courses for the A400M.

He took over as the deputy Force Commander for the RAF Air Mobility Force in July 2020.

Jakob Valstad

Chief Operation, MCCE
Jakob  Valstad

James Sparrow

HAW Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
James Sparrow

Luca Tonello

Joint Coordination Cell Chief, Italian Air Force
Luca Tonello

Mr James Olden

Chief of Current Operations for Aviation Energy Policy, US Air Force
Mr James Olden

Mr Laurent Donnet

Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
Mr Laurent Donnet

Laurent Donnet is a colonel in the Belgian Air Force Reserve and as working as a freelance aviation expert consultant since November 2016 at AviDonn Consulting.
He joined the Royal Military Academy in 1985 and graduated as a military pilot in 1990. He served on F-16 from 1991 until 2007 and totalizes 2100 flying hours on the type, including 120 war missions. Throughout his career he occupied several positions, concluding as a squadron commander in 2006. He participated in Operation Allied Force in 1999 over Kosovo and was the first commander of the initial Belgian F-16 detachment in Afghanistan in 2005.
After his operational assignments, he attended Staff College in Paris and worked at the Belgian Joint Headquarters’ Strategy Department in the Capabilities Development Branch as air expert and advisor to the Chief of Defence.
He subsequently joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) in April 2009 in the Capabilty Development Directorate and stayed until October 2016. First, as Project Officer in Deployability where he tackled strategic air and sea lift issues, then as Programme Manager for Airlift and AAR. He was in charge of several ventures, out of which EDA’s European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed in 2011 by twenty Member States. He led the multinational C27J and C295 projects as well as AAR initiatives like one dealing with A400M aerial refuelling role equipment and another one regarding AAR clearances and certification. In 2012, he initiated an AAR project that resulted into the now well-known Multinational MRTT Fleet Programme. He was also the EDA expert for Jet Pilot Training providing inputs for the Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) Programme hosted by the EDA from 2008 to 2012.

Mr Philippe Martou

Chief Preparedness - OSEP, World Food Programme
Mr Philippe Martou

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Site Visits

Site Visit
Site Visit

Site Visit

Airbus Defence and Space
3rd December to 4th December 2020
Sevilla, Spain


Melia Seville

Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1, Seville 41004 , Seville, Spain

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

AJW Group

Sponsors and Exhibitors

AJW Group is the world-leading independent specialist in the global supply, exchange, repair and lease of airframe and engine spare parts with 6,000 aircraft under contract. Through an innovative and collaborative approach, the company delivers highly effective and tailored component supply chain solutions to the commercial and business jet sectors. Our years of experience and approach we take for commercial aviation can also be replicated in the military world and we see an opportunity for this going forward.

The Group has operational hubs and local offices across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America. Our multilingual teams are available 24/7/365 supporting over 1,000 airlines in 117 countries.

Services include: Part Sales & Support, Supply Chain Solutions, Asset Management Services, Contracted Component Support (PBH and pool access), Component MRO (AJW Technique), Engine Services and Leasing & Capital services.

AJW Technique is a state-of-the-art facility that forms the centralised hub for the Groups maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service. The facility is focused on delivering world class reliability and turn times, minimised AOG costs and superior warranties.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

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.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

TLD is a group specialized in Aviation and Airport Ground Support Equipment. TLD provides our military and non-military customers with a complete range of Ground Support Equipment through the most extensive Worldwide Sales and Service network in the industry. Quick and easy access to the TLD Service Network ensures high equipment availability to support your high tempo operation.

Supporting the military mission from product definition to sustainment, TLD recognizes that Military Operators require more than hardware. Therefore, the TLD network provides Spare Parts, Factory Reach Back, O&M Training and other activities required to support the war-fighter.

TLD products operate with most military organizations and airports around the world. Well-designed and adapted to the harsh requirements of the military, TLD equipment is designed to the highest standards by our large engineering team. Bespoke MIL-SPEC designed equipment, Military-Off-The-Shelf and modified Commercial-Off-The-Shelf equipment is available to match every environment, operational requirement and budget.

TLD’s design philosophy focuses on low environmental impact, seeking exceptional performance and high efficiency equipment. A wide range of electric and hybrid powered equipment is available for all environmental conditions with new applications being introduced regularly.

Simple, Reliable, and Easy to Maintain – SREM – is another continuous design goal for TLD. SREM drives high reliability, low maintenance costs and reduces O&M training burden. TLD’s Continuous Improvement Program identifies and resolves reliability issues through our robust 8D RCCA System further improving reliability.

The ten TLD factories are each ISO certified and operate consistently using a strong set of internal procedures and systems to produce consistent, high quality equipment.

Local Support, Total Commitment - Our mission is to provide diligent, efficient and thorough after-sales support to our customers. TLD is the expert in Ground Support Equipment and can help customers find solutions to their operational needs.

TLD is an ALVEST Group Company


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Melia Seville

Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1
Seville 41004

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

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