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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
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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
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    9:30 KC-390 Programme Brief

    Mr Fernando Fialho

    Mr Fernando Fialho, KC-390 Program Strategy Manager, Embraer Defence & Security

    10:00 EATC: Providing a Unique Framework for Air Mobility in Europe

  • 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
     
  • Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti

    Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti , Deputy Commander and Head of Operations, European Air Transport Command
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Commercial Access to Military Airlift and AAR Capabilities  

    Mr Malcolm Sandford

    Mr Malcolm Sandford, Senior Vice President, SkyTech

  • Outsourcing airlift and AAR services to alleviate current shortfalls
  • Military led and Industry powered solutions as new scheme
  • Why innovative funding solutions are a serious option for Air Forces
  • Learn from the past  to shape better industrial solutions
     
  • 11:30 Overview of Capabilities, Current Programs and how Tailored Partnerships and Data Sharing Promote Overall Mission Readiness

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger, Director, Boeing Global Services – International Government Services, Boeing
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    12:00 Airbus: a Comprehensive and Complementary Portfolio

  • A balanced portfolio of Airlift solutions
  • The full range of AAR solutions
  • Innovation in Services with SMARTFORCE
  • Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou, Head of Marketing , Airbus Defence and Space

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 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
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    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
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    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad Jakob, Chief of Operations, MCCE
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    14:15 “Ground Handling – the Airlift Bottleneck”

    Mr Julian Stinton

    Mr Julian Stinton, Marketing and Sales , TLD Group
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  • 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
  • 14:45 French Air Mobility Command: Providing Strategic Flexibility

    Lieutenant Colonel Aurelien Agniel

    Lieutenant Colonel Aurelien Agniel , Branch Chief, French Air Force

  • 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
     
  • 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 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed , Leonardo

    16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 Extending Reaching and Deterrence Through Unrivalled Air Refuelling Across Europe and Africa

    Colonel Troy Pananon

    Colonel Troy Pananon, Wing Commander, 100 Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
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  • Integrating the 100th ARW’s KC-135 fleet with the resources of allied partners to provide extended reach within the European theatre
  • Extending reach: providing deterrent value through the high readiness status of the wing – MRO considerations
  • Providing on-demand AAR capabilities for US Air Forces in Europe: the bloody 100th as a key enabler
  • What lessons the wing can implement moving forward to maintain operational effectiveness
  • 17:15 Enduring Courage: Building the Gateway to Europe

    Colonel James G Young

    Colonel James G Young, 86 Operations Group Commander, US Air Force
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  • 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
  • 17:45 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)
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  • 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
     
  • 18:15 MMF Unit Operational Status

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander MMU, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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  • 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
     
  • 18:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    19:00 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
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    9:00 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
  • 9:30 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
     
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Creating Lighter, Faster and Smarter Military Cargo Solutions

    Mr Ryan Smith

    Mr Ryan Smith, Business Unit Manager - Military Systems, US Cargo Systems

  • Improving Cargo Aircraft performance with Cargo Handling Systems
  • Smarter and faster Cargo Handling solutions goal -  improve mission effectiveness
  • Benefits of real time performance data for Aerial Delivery missions
     
  • 11:00 Strategic Partnerships in the HAW Framework

    Colonel James Sparrow

    Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
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  • 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 Meeting Military Energy Requirements In Challenging Circumstances

    Mr Graham Grice

    Mr Graham Grice, Military Account Director, World Fuel Services
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  • World Fuel Services – a worldwide energy provider
  • Class leading energy logistics – case studies
  • Exploiting the provider/user symbiosis
  • 12:00 MCCE: Maximising the Capacity of Strategic Lift

    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad Jakob

    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad Jakob, Chief of Operations, MCCE
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  • 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 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Operational Support for Today’s Governmental and Military Flight Operations

    Mr Matias Magnasco

    Mr Matias Magnasco, Governmental Account Manager, Jetex
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  • Specialized Agent providing Flight Support solutions
  • Worldwide coverage for Military and Governmental Operations
  • 24 Hours Operations Centers
  • Presence in conflict and disaster zones
  • 14:00 How Military Aviation can Benefit from Commercial Aviation Practices

    Mr Guy Van den Berg

    Mr Guy Van den Berg, Director of Contract Services, AJW Group
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  • We will provide insight into the operational efficiency examples available in the commercial aviation world, particularly in supply chain and asset management processes
  • Insight into why military organisations struggle to access, and most importantly embrace innovative ideas available in the SME sector
  • 14:30 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
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    Mr Simon Johns

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

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed , Leonardo

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou, Head of Marketing , Airbus Defence and Space

    15:15 The Development of Italian Airlift and AAR Capability vs the New Challenges

    Colonel Luca Tonello

    Colonel Luca Tonello, Chief OPS and Training, Air Mobility and Special Forces Command, Italian Air Force
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  • The Italian Air Force’s structure and the roles and responsibilities of the respective commands
  • National requirements – emphasis of provision of quality assets and integration into international collaborative efforts
  •  The current situation:
  • C-130J and C27J for tactical mobility
  • Boeing KC 767 for strategic mobility and AAR options
  • Guidelines for the future – better utilisation of assets and what needs from future platforms
  • How to operate in the 5TH generation aircraft environment 
  • 15:45 The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Centre Past, Present, & Future

    Colonel Byron Newell

    Colonel Byron Newell, Commandant, AATTC, US Air National Guard
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  • 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
     
  • 16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS)

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, CO SALCC , Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS)
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  • Nato Programm
  • Multinational use
  • Ensured access
  • 17:15 NSPA Support Operations

    Mr Franck Verdierre

    Mr Franck Verdierre, Division Chief - Transport and Warehousing Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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  • Brief introduction to NSPA
  • Information on the NSPA Transportation System
  • Update on the Strategic Air-Lift International Solution (SALIS):
  • a key contribution for the support of military and humanitarian operations to the participating nations
  • a model securing the access through a multinational approach to a unique and scared capacity (AN-124)
     
  • 17:45 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
  • 18:15 AAR as a Force Multiplier in Support of Logistics

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo De Morais

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

  • AAR as a force enabler and multiplier via temporal extension of air capabilities
  • Work within existing airlift frameworks and future priorities for capability development
  • Requirements for a flexible airlift and tanking capability of the future
  • Utilising AAR to minimise logistical footprints on the ground
  • 18:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    19:00 Post Conference Networking Reception Sponsored by Airbus

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    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 Aurelien Agniel

    Lieutenant Colonel Aurelien Agniel

    Branch Chief, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    CO SALCC , Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS)

    Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti

    Deputy Commander and Head of Operations, European Air Transport Command
    Brigadier General Francesco Saverio Agresti

    BG Francesco Agresti entered the ITA Air Force in 1984 and got his wings in 1989. He flew 2,600 flying hours, most of which on the AM-X in the AG and Recce roles. After several staff and operational appointments, amongst which the command of 32 Wing (Amendola AB) and the 1st Air Brigate Special Ops (Cervia AB), he was appointed to the EATC as Deputy Commander in November 2017. His domain of responsibility covers the full spectrum of air transport capabilities for all seven EATC participating nations - both operational and tactical. BG Agresti is married to Ms. Loredana and has one son, Stefano.
     

    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 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 Colonel James S. Sparrow is the Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Program’s Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), HDF Pápa Air Base, Hungary. In this role he commands the only multinational airlift unit in existence today executing a shared flight hour program by 12 nations (10 NATO and two Partnership for Peace) operating C-17 aircraft. The HAW supports airlift missions for the 12 SAC nations for national, NATO, EU, humanitarian assistance, airdrop and other national requirements. Members of the SAC Program include Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United States. 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, after 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 SAC Progam 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 partner nations in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and the International Aviation Leadership Program flying the T-6 Texan II trainer. After squadron command, 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. He is a Command Pilot with over 6,500 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 Luca Tonello

    Chief OPS and Training, Air Mobility and Special Forces Command, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Luca Tonello

    Luca Tonello, born in Treviso in 1964, joined the Italian Air Force Academy in 1983. During his career he has acquired a great experience in air movement and operations management. He was graduated military pilot in 1988, serving in the 46TH Air Brigade, ITAF airlift unit, for 12 years and flying as G 222 (C 27A) and C 130J pilot. He was in charge as 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. 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. In 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 (including 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.
     

    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Ala 31 Commander, Spanish Air Force
    Colonel Melecio Hernandez Quinones

    Colonel Troy Pananon

    Wing Commander, 100 Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Troy Pananon

    Colonel S. Troy Pananon is the Commander, 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, supporting four U.S. Air Force Major Command flying programs and more than 16,800 military, civilian, dependent and retiree personnel. With 15 KC-135 aircraft, the wing is the only permanently assigned air refueling operation in the European theater. Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Pananon served as the Vice Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., where he assisted the wing commander in leading more than 3,000 people and providing worldwide air refueling and combatant commander airlift support in addition to the support of Headquarters U.S. Central Command, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command. Colonel Pananon served five years as an enlisted Marine prior to receiving his commission from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1996. He was initially assigned as a maintenance officer at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Colonel Pananon has commanded an operations support squadron and is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-1, C-21, KC-10, C-5, C-37.

    Guy van den Berg

    Director of Contract Services, ASW Group
    Guy van den Berg

    Lieutenant Colonel Aurelien Agniel

    Branch Chief, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Aurelien Agniel

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    CO SALCC , Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS)
    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.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad Jakob

    Chief of Operations, MCCE
    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad Jakob

    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Norwegian Army is the Chief of Operations in Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) assigned to Eindhoven July 2016. Responsible for operational branch in MCCE to coordinate and optimize all 28 member nations strategic capabilities within Air, Sea, Inland Surface transport and Air to Air refuelling for operations, exercises and routine requirements.
    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad joined the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1984. As a Logistic officer, he has taken part in various positions in Logistics nationally and also in numerous of operations abroad assuming various levels of responsibility.
    He have 9 deployments in total more than 6 years in different operations led by NATO, UN and Coalition of willingness (Lebanon, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and South Sudan).
     

    Mr Alexander Sander Schnitger

    Director, Boeing Global Services – International Government Services, Boeing
    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 Fernando Fialho

    KC-390 Program Strategy Manager, Embraer Defence & Security
    Mr Fernando Fialho

    Mr Franck Verdierre

    Division Chief - Transport and Warehousing Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Franck Verdierre

    Franck Verdierre joined the French Air Force Academy in 1988.
    As a military transport pilot (C160), he has taken part in numerous civilian and military operations. He has logged 5500 FH.

    He left his squadron as squadron commander in 2007 and has been then involved in multinational projects:

    • Project officer in the European Air Transport Command Implementation Team.
    • Deputy Head of the EATC Functional Division, supervising projects and studies related to the improvement of interoperability in all areas of air transport.
    • In charge for 2 years of managing French participation:
    • in the MCCE, SALIS, SEOS, MSSC and ATARES organisations, contracts and arrangements.
    • in Movement & Transportation related meetings and projects in NATO and in EDA.
    • Assigned to the Movement Coordination Centre Europe as Director of this organization.

    He has left the French Air Force as a 10 years’ experience Colonel to start to work in the NSPA as Transportation & Warehousing Division Chief in July 2018.
     

    Mr Graham Grice

    Military Account Director, World Fuel Services
    Mr Graham Grice

    Graham served 31 years (1982 to 2013) in the Royal Air Force (RAF), starting his career as an Air Cartographer. Commissioned in to the Supply Branch (latterly the Logistics Branch) in 1987, he specialized in; Petroleum, Movements and Transportation, Explosives and Inventory Optimization using Mathematical Modelling and Simulation. Graham gained an MSc in Defence Acquisition Management in 2005 and he has been a member of the Institute of Logistics and Transportation for over 20 years.

    During his long RAF career Graham has served tours in Germany (x3) and Italy (x2) and has been deployed on Operation TELIC as OC (SO2) Force Movement Control Centre (Air), charged with the extraction of British Forces from Iraq at the end of operations, as well as staffing the move of air transport operations to a new operating base in UAE. Additionally, he was deployed to Italy as Deputy Head (SO1) of the Support Division and the Head of A4 Logistics Operations at the HQ Air Component Command for Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR (known as Operation ELLAMY in the UK) until after the end of operations. Graham has served with NATO on a number of occasions, his final tour in the RAF being at NATO Air HQ Ramstein where he undertook the role of Section Chief (SO1) Movements and Transportation within the A4/6 Division. Here Graham was extensively involved in live flying and simulated exercise planning and execution, including Exercise Ramstein Rover in the Czech Republic during 2012.

    On leaving the RAF in 2013, Graham started his own business, Black Boar Consulting Limited, working on a number of projects. These included Cuerden Consulting Limited as Subject Matter Expert for the development of logistics training courses for BAe Systems and then subsequently presentation of those courses. Additionally, he was contracted by Newman and Spurr Consulting Limited to provide battlefield simulation for the Joint Warfare Support Team on a number of Joint Force HQ (PJHQ) exercises.

    Graham joined World Fuel Services (WFS) in 2015 as the Military Account Director covering activities related to the UK Ministry of Defence, as well some NATO and rest of the world activity. Graham has been successful in leading winning bid teams and working on a number of operational proposals, as well as developing company strategy relating to the relationship and collaboration with the military customer.

    Graham is married and has 2 children and lives in Rochester, Kent. Still involved with the RAF through his involvement with a number of military charities, notably the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal International Air Tattoo, he also enjoys skiing and classic cars.
     

    Mr Guy Van den Berg

    Director of Contract Services, AJW Group
    Mr Guy Van den Berg

    Air Commodore Guy van den Berg OBE served in the Royal Air Force for 30 years. He spent the early years of his military career as a helicopter pilot before commanding a Chinook squadron on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was appointed Station Commander of RAF Northolt having converted to air transport aircraft: operating VIP aircraft around the Globe including, once more, operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. On completion of Royal College Defence Studies in 2010, he deployed to command Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, which included running the UK’s 3rd busiest airport in support of Multi National Division (South West) and the 3rd Marine Air Wing. On return to the UK, he was appointed 1* ACOS Air Capability Development in HQ Air, where he was responsible for planning future air capabilities.

    In 2015, he transitioned into the commercial aviation sector, taking up his current appointment as Director of Contracted Services at the AJW Group. He is responsible for servicing the 318-strong easyJet fleet; managing, storing and distributing the component, consumable and expendable inventories across their European and North African network of line stations. In 2018, he extended his responsibility to include Bombardier Business Aircraft, undertaking all repair management for their rotable inventory.
    Guy is a senior leader at AJW, responsible for air capability planning and assisting defence transformation across the air environment. He leads the Group’s Continuous Improvement initiative, driving efficiencies and building strong partnerships with all contracted customers.
     

    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou

    Head of Marketing , Airbus Defence and Space
    Mr Ioannis Papachristofilou

    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 De Morais

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

    Mr Julian Stinton

    Marketing and Sales , TLD Group
    Mr Julian Stinton

    Julian Stinton retired as a senior commander and operational pilot in the Royal Air Force after 35 years’ service. He ran the UK Air Warfare Centre and amongst other roles, was responsible for the Air Test and Evaluation of all aircraft platforms, weapons, sen-sors, systems and their operational employment. This included new capabilities such as Airbus MRTT and A400M; the operational enhancement of UK C-17 and C-130 for deployed operations; as well as aerial delivery and air portability. He runs his own business, works internationally and is Group Military Business Director for TLD Group - the leading OEM for ground support equipment glob-ally. TLD specialises in the design, manufacture and fielding of deployable military air cargo loaders, as well as the operational de-velopment of K-Loader capability, techniques, procedures and through-life support.

    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

    Governmental Account Manager, Mission Planning Division 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 tasks as Volunteer Firefighter in the French Fire & Rescue Corps.

    Mr Philippe Martou

    Chief Preparedness - OSEP, World Food Programme
    Mr Philippe Martou

    Mr Ryan Smith

    Business Unit Manager - Military Systems, US Cargo Systems
    Mr Ryan Smith

    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

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    SANA Metropolitan Hotel
    5th December 2019
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    Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Parcela 2, Lisbon, Portugal

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    An interview with Malcolm Sandford, Senior VP, Skytech

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    Interview with Graham Grice, World Fuel Services

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    Interview with Matias Magnasco, Jetex

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    Letter from the Chairman

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    Interview with Colonel James Sparrow, Heavy Airlift Wing

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    Interview with Jan Der Kinderen, NSPA

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    AJW Group

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.ajw-group.com/

    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.



    IrvinGQ

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    http://www.irvingq.com

    IrvinGQ Ltd, headquartered in South Wales, has a pedigree in parachuting and aerial delivery that dates back 100 years. Irvin and GQ Parachutes are our core founding names and are brands that are well known and trusted in the market place. We are the world’s most trusted design and manufacturing resource for Aerial Delivery Solutions, Personnel Parachutes and Naval Decoy Systems. IrvinGQ has recently introduced a new and highly capable Aerial Delivery System to the market, “ATAX”, which employs Soft Landing Airbags instead of the traditional energy-dissipating materials. The reusable Airbags offer a number of significant advantages over traditional methods, they; reduce load preparation and rigging times by eliminating consumable rigging materials; significantly reduce the shock forces imparted into the cargo load; and facilitate a true drive-on drive-off capability.


    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
    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.


    U.S. Cargo Systems

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

    U.S. Cargo Systems, formerly known as AAR Cargo Systems, is a proven worldwide leader in the design and development of Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery System technologies. U.S. Cargo Systems is renowned for designing to the most stringent requirements, enabling our products to perform in the harshest environments. Our capabilities cover design as well as certification of simple and complex flight critical products. We are proud of our 50+ year heritage serving countless commercial and military aircraft customers with leading edge technologies. Our sales and engineering teams have worked directly with nearly all Aircraft OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier, as well as with major freight integrators. We have provided systems for over 40 different aircraft types, including numerous regional transport aircraft and main desk cargo handling systems. In addition to world class conveyance, guide and restraint solutions, U.S. Cargo Systems has developed Aerial Delivery and Cargo Logistics Systems for several different military aircraft.


    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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    Combat Aircraft magazine

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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.


    Armada International

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


    Satellite Evolution Group

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    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.


    Fly News

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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    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.


    Avion Revue

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    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.


    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.


    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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    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.


    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.


    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.


    Airport Suppliers

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    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


    Technologies.org

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    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.


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    IHS Janes

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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.


    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.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    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


    Air International

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    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.


    Global Military Communications

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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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