SMi Group's Military Airlift and Rapid Reaction Operations conference convenes in Florence on 29th-20th November 2016 and will be followed by a site visit to the Pisa Air Force base, which will be hosted by the Italian Air Force. This year's Military Airlift conference will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlift in Europe, with also some presentations from further afield. As well as this, military logistics, humanitarian response and vertical helicopter airlift will be discussed in this comprehensive conference.

As well as a wide range of presentations and panel discussion, Military Airlift and Rapid Reaction Operations is the primary event for networking with the industry. The event is proud to have gold sponsors Boeing supporting the event as well as the support of the Italian Air Force.

  • Meet, network and hear from an Italian Air Force delegation and enjoy the site visit to the Pisa Air Force base
  • Discuss the latest AAR and airlift requirements and how they are being satisfied in Europe.
  • Understand how Europe is fostering greater allied integration to meet national, regional and international requirements.
  • Hear the latest solutions and technologies which are shaping next-generation air transport capabilities

Previous attendees include;

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;

Sponsors and Exhibitors



Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Lungarno del Tempio, 44, Florence, Italy

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Airbus Defence and Space

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Airbus Defence and Space is one of the three Divisions of the Airbus Group and Europe’s Number 1 defence and space company. It is the world’s second largest space company and one of the top 10 defence companies globally, with revenues of around €13 billion per year and approximately 38,600 employees. Airbus Defence and Space puts a strong focus on core businesses: Space, Military Aircraft, Missiles and related systems and services. Airbus Defence and Space develops and engineers cutting-edge and peerlessly reliable products in the fields of defence and space. Its defence and space technology enables governments and institutions to protect natural resources, societies and individual freedom. Airbus Defence and Space solutions guarantee sovereignty in foreign affairs and defence matters and its portfolio also ensures communication, mobility, expansion of knowledge, and the safeguarding of the environment. Airbus Defence and Space is composed of three Business Lines: Military Aircraft; Space Systems; and Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS). It brings together a wide portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers across the world. Among its flagship products are the transport aircraft A400M, the military jet Eurofighter and, in the framework of the Airbus Safran Launcher joint venture, the Ariane launcher. The customers of Airbus Defence and Space are as diverse as its products – government defence and interior ministries, national and international agencies, institutions, civil authorities, major platform manufacturers, prime system contractors, NGOs, the industrial sector and commercial companies. Airbus Defence and Space counts more than 40 major locations in Europe and is also set to be one of the global leaders in the defence and space field and is expanding its global presence. Airbus Defence and Space is also located in India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and many other countries, among them French Guiana (Kourou) and Kazakhstan (Baikonur).


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JBT®, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge ground support equipment, airport gate equipment, system monitoring, maintenance, baggage handling controls and service, and military ground support equipment. Ground support equipment includes pallet and cargo loaders, deicers, mobile steps, pushback tractors, and towbarless tractors. Airport gate equipment features the Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, the JetPower® ground power family, the JetAire® series of preconditioned air products, JetFlo® water cabinets, and Baggage Buddy™ luggage lift systems. Gate equipment offerings also include central system distribution systems, pits, air handling units, boosted chilled water systems, gate boxes, and controls. JBT monitors GSE and gate equipment with its iOPS apron monitoring and support services. JBT’s service products encompass the maintenance and repair of gate equipment, terminal trains, baggage handling systems, building facilities and more. Services from JBT also include asset management technologies, parts support and a full-range of on-site repair services. Military products include Jetpower® ground power units in 270VDC, 28VDC, and 400Hz 115VAC power all suitably configured for virtually all military cargo and fighter aircraft – including the F35. The JetAire® military air units include the high pressure/extreme ambient (140ºF) air units for fighters, CAS compressed air carts, bleed air carts, and lower pressure carts for cargo aircraft. Products are available as cart mounted, diesel powered, hangar and combination units. JBT offers an expanding line of military ground support equipment -- ship-board power vehicles, aircraft maneuvering devices, pushback tractors, and cargo loaders. JBT offers customized solutions, low life-cycle costs and seamless integration of a broad range of equipment. As a single-source supplier, with unparalleled product range, JBT simplifies procurement, contracting, project management, parts sourcing, and technical support for trouble free operations. Driving for customer success, JBT has been able to reduce aircraft turn-times, reduce and monitor maintenance requirements and increase customer efficiencies. For more than 50 years, JBT® has been the name relied on for the very best in gate related products and services.

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The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics


IJSTL is an international peer-reviewed journal addressing all methodological aspects in the field of shipping and transport logistics, particularly those that require empirical or mathematical analysis with managerial implications. IJSTL is dedicated to publishing original, high-quality and methodologically rigorous research papers that address significant management issues pertinent to shipping/transport logistics. IJSTL also publishes informative and critical book reviews of newly published books with scholarly and practical contributions that advance the state-of-the-art of the theory and practice of shipping/transport logistics.

International Journal of Emergency Management


In today's increasing globalised and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies and changing weather patterns, critical infrastructures and social structures are threatened by natural and manmade disasters. Planning for future possible emergencies is essential; their assessment and management equally so. IJEM provides a refereed international forum bringing the latest research to bear on the issues involved, with a focus on contingencies and emergencies as well as crisis and disaster management and planning.

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management


IJLSM addresses the development of logistics resources, emphasising the implications that logistics strategies and systems have on organisational productivity and competitiveness in global and electronic markets. Globalisation of markets and logistics services is closely related to the success of a company. This perspective indicates the importance of effective logistics systems and their management for organisational effectiveness and competitiveness. The journal intends to provide executives and academics with the state of the art of logistics systems and supply chain management.

Defence and Security Alert


Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Committed to global defence and security, DSA covers a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders. DSA is the only Indian magazine in this genre, available on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Intranet.

We present DSA to you as an ideal platform in the domain of defence and security to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.

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

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management


IJRAM is an interdisciplinary and refereed journal that provides cross learning between: •Different business and economics, as well as scientific and technological, disciplines •Energy industries, environmental and ecological systems •Safety, public health and medical services •Software services, reliability and safety

International Journal of Vehicle Design


IJVD, the journal of vehicle engineering, automotive technology and components, has been established for over a quarter of a century as an international authoritative reference in the field. It publishes the Proceedings of the International Association for Vehicle Design, which is an independent, non-profit-making learned society that exists to develop, promote and coordinate the science and practice of vehicle design and safety.

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems


IJIDSS proposes and fosters discussion on the development of novel computational intelligence techniques and their application to support systems used by defence personnel. The scope of application covers strategic, tactical and operational decision-making across the entire defence sector, covering areas such as intelligence gathering and analysis, capability assessment, tactics modelling and evaluation and logistics management as well as military systems integration and both semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.


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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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