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The 2nd annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference returns to London in 2020 on the 23rd and 24th of April.

As the only event specifically focused on defence safety for the military aviation community, Defence Aviation Safety offers a unique opportunity for leaders and experts to meet and share best practice that will save lives and protect capability.

Keeping aircraft airworthy and creating a safety culture across military aviation has never been more important as many defence forces continue to extend the lifecycle of their platforms and systems. Likewise, the growing need for more effective certification processes when onboarding new platforms into service, and maintaining these to the required flying standard, is key to all nations that want to remain prepared for high tempo operations.

While the primary focus of this event will be on safety in defence aviation, it will also be of interest to those involved in the acquisition and safe operation of unmanned systems and to those concerned with the certification of all equipment types.

The Defence Aviation Safety 2020 conference will bring together leaders from around the world to focus on strategies to enhance the protection of lives and capability for aviators and ground crew operating in todays battle environment.

SMi are globally recognised by the Military Aviation Community as experts and leaders in Defence Safety and therefore we welcome the opportunity to strengthen this network and knowledge.

  • The only dedicated event specifically focused on Defence Aviation Safety
  • Meet with Heads of Safety from Military Stakeholders and International Experts (government and industry)
  • Uncover new systems and technologies that will optimise your military safety processes
  • Hear from UK MoD Senior Leaders on how they are creating safety first cultures across their respective organisations

Past attendees have included:

Adelard LLP; Army Air Corps; Ascent Flight Training; Babcock Aviation; Babcock Aviation, UK Military Air (UKMA); Babcock International Group; BAE Operations Ltd; BAE Systems; Baines Simmons Limited; Boeing Defence UK LTD; British Army; Czech Air Force; DE&S - MoD; DE&S UK MoD; Defence Accident Investigation Branch; Defence Aviation Safety Authority; Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DG DASA); Defence Safety Authority; Finnish Armed Forces; German Air Force; German Military Aviation; German Military Aviation Authority; GlobalData; Italian Ministry of Defence; Jeppesen UK Ltd.; Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters; KAhAB; Leonardo Helicopters; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Military Aviation Authority; Ministerie van Defensie; Mircea Tudor Scan Tech SA; MODSAP; Navy Command Headquarters; NAVY COMMAND HQ; Navy Safety Centre; Netherlands Armed Forces; Nova Systems ; PSAB; RAF; RAF Benson; RAF Valley/BAE Systems Hawk; RINA; Rolls Royce Defence; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Saudi Ministry of Defense; RSAF HQ; Saab; StandardAero; Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters; Teledyne Controls; Thales UK; TLM Nexus; U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence; UAE Military Attache Office; UK MoD; UK MoD / Defence Equipment & Support; United States Marine Corps ; US Air Force; US Army Combat Readiness Center; US Marine Corps; US Navy;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 DE&S Aviation Safety Priorities For A varied and Complex Portfolio of Air Platforms and Systems

Simon Bollom

Simon Bollom, Chief Executive , DE&S

• DE&S’s commitment to safety across the enterprise
• Enhancing capability of UK Aviation Platforms through increased safety systems
• Creating a safety culture driven leadership
• Examples and case studies of safety best practice
 

9:40 Delivering Combat Air Power Whilst Ensuring Safety

Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, Air Officer Commanding, No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force

• Optimising front line operations for the RAF: why safety remains key for mission success
• The rise in complex delivery of aviation assets both at home and abroad and how this challenges safety of air platforms and systems
• Generating safety culture and leadership across No.1 Group
 

10:20 Lead Sponsor Presentation

11:00 Morning Coffee

11:30 AOC 22 Group: Maximising Safety Through Enhanced Training of Royal Air Force Personnel

Air Vice Marshal Warren James

Air Vice Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding, No22 Group, Royal Air Force

• Keeping safety front of mind when training across No.22 Group
• Creating a safety-first culture across all training
• Lessons from incidents and outsourcing
 

12:10 Gold Sponsor Presentation

12:50 The Royal Air Force Safety Centre: Improving Safety And Preventing Loss Of Life

Air Commodore Mark Jeffery

Air Commodore Mark Jeffery, Head of RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force

• Delivering safety across all air assets
• RAF Safety Management Systems-using data to drive future safety efficiencies
• Reducing risks and preserving life: examples of safety cases from recent operations
 

13:30 Networking Lunch

14:30 Strategic Update From The Air Force Safety Center: Safeguarding Airmen – Protecting Resources and Preserving Combat Readiness

Major General John Rauch

Major General John Rauch, Commander US Air Force Safety center , US Air Force

• The US Air Force’s priorities for aviation safety
• Proactive safety programs across the air force: how the Air Force Safety Center manages Safety programs and policy for occupational, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear
• Feedback from Air Force Personnel -data capturing and accident reporting tools to optimise safety
• Seeing safety as an Air Force multiplier: examples of where optimising safety can deliver greater mission capability
 

15:10 Delivering a Total Systems Approach To Safety in Aviation

Major General Gunter Katz

Major General Gunter Katz, Director General, German Military Aviation Authority

• The German MAA Safety Frameworks and Structures
• Leadership and management of safety processes across the armed forces
• The rise of UAS and the impact on safety and airspace management
• Operational analysis: what data do you need and when?
• Collaboration is key: sharing information for better cross functional safety
 

15:50 Afternoon Tea

16:20 Maximizing Air Capability and Safety Through Certification, Airworthiness and Training

Colonel Anders Janson

Colonel Anders Janson, Diretor Military Aviation Authority, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters

• Structure and responsibilities of the Swedish MAA
• Certifying new aircraft: JAS39 GRIPEN E case study
• The importance of training to promote a strong safety culture
• Working with allied partners to share safety data and exchange lessons learnt
 

17:00 The Royal Norwegian Air Force’s Safety Priorities

Colonel Kjell Hauan

Colonel Kjell Hauan, Flight Safety Inspector, Royal Norwegian Air Force

• Safety ownership and governance across the Norwegian Air Force
• Accident investigation processes and how lessons learnt are feedback to reduce further risk to people and capability
• Onboarding of the F-35-safety focuses
• The need for leadership creates a strong safety culture
 

17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Delivering Safe Air Systems for The US Navy

Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt

Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt, Commander , US Navy

• US Navy Safety Center Priorities for aviation safety
• Managing a complex set of platforms and systems in multi domain environments
• Evaluating emerging safety challenges: Cyber and UAS
 

9:40 Strengthening Certification Processes To Ensure Successful Airworthiness Of Key Aviation Assets

Air Commodore Jason Agius

Air Commodore Jason Agius , Director General -Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force

• The roles and responsibilities of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority
• Working with fast Jet, Fixed Wing, Rotary Platforms and UAS Platforms
• Certification challenges and opportunities for a new and aging fleet
• Why independence of accident investigation is key to future safety cases
 

10:20 Gold Sponsor Presentation

11:00 Morning Coffee

11:30 UK MAA Update: Optimising Safe Air Systems Across The British Armed Forces

Senior Representative

Senior Representative , Military Aviation Authority , UK MoD

• The role of the MAA in delivering air superiority through increased safety
• Incorporating safety into the design of new air platforms and systems to avoid downstream certification challenges
• Unmanned systems and the need for greater regulation and safety
• Maintaining an aging fleet though enhanced certification process
• The role industry can play in more efficient and effective platform service delivery
 

12:10 Managing Complex And Varied Rotary Operations Whilst Ensuring Safety

Group Captain Pete Warmerdam

Group Captain Pete Warmerdam, Assistant Head Safety & Assurance, Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters

• How JHC manage safety cases and priorities
• Delivering rotary support for the UK armed forces: why safety must be front of mind for all operations
• Engineering and maintenance considerations for platform turn around and rapid deployment
 

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:50 Implementing the NATO Airworthiness Policy (NAWP)

Richard Duriez

Richard Duriez, Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ

• Presentation of the NAWP
• Implementation of the NAWP
o NATO Recognition Process (NRP)
o Action Plan: Assessment of Airworthiness Authorities
• Return of experience
• Conclusion
 

14:30 Performance, Safety, Security and Interoperability of Air Platforms

Mr. Christian Jaeggi

Mr. Christian Jaeggi, Head of Certification Office, Aeronautical Systems, Armasuisse

• Certification needs and requirements for Swiss Air platforms and systems
• Managing a variety of aviation programmes and ensuring airworthiness
• Factoring in UAS certification needs and challenges
• Working with international partners for safety and certification efficiency and shared learning
 

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Panel Discussion: Military Aviation Safety and Cyber Resilience

• Evaluating the current risk cyber poses to aviation safety
• The risk of downstream cyber threats impacting aviation platforms and systems
• How to manage cyber threats from a defence safety perspective
• Working with Military Cyber Centers to reduce risk
• Working with 3rd party suppliers to ensure they remain cyber aware and platforms and systems remain safe to operate
 

Major General John Rauch

Major General John Rauch, Commander US Air Force Safety center , US Air Force

Major General Gunter Katz

Major General Gunter Katz, Director General, German Military Aviation Authority

Colonel Anders Janson

Colonel Anders Janson, Diretor Military Aviation Authority, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters

Richard Duriez

Richard Duriez, Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ

16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Air Commodore Jason Agius

Air Commodore Jason Agius

Director General -Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Mark Jeffery

Air Commodore Mark Jeffery

Head of RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Officer Commanding, No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force
Colonel Anders Janson

Colonel Anders Janson

Diretor Military Aviation Authority, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
Group Captain Pete Warmerdam

Group Captain Pete Warmerdam

Assistant Head Safety & Assurance, Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters
Major General Gunter Katz

Major General Gunter Katz

Director General, German Military Aviation Authority
Major General John Rauch

Major General John Rauch

Commander US Air Force Safety center , US Air Force
Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt

Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt

Commander , US Navy
Simon Bollom

Simon Bollom

Chief Executive , DE&S

Air Commodore Jason Agius

Director General -Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Jason Agius

Air Commodore Mark Jeffery

Head of RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Mark Jeffery

Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Officer Commanding, No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Vice Marshal Warren James

Air Officer Commanding, No22 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Warren James

Colonel Anders Janson

Diretor Military Aviation Authority, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
Colonel Anders Janson

Colonel Kjell Hauan

Flight Safety Inspector, Royal Norwegian Air Force
Colonel Kjell Hauan

Group Captain Pete Warmerdam

Assistant Head Safety & Assurance, Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters
Group Captain Pete Warmerdam

Major General Gunter Katz

Director General, German Military Aviation Authority
Major General Gunter Katz

Major General John Rauch

Commander US Air Force Safety center , US Air Force
Major General John Rauch

Mr. Christian Jaeggi

Head of Certification Office, Aeronautical Systems, Armasuisse
Mr. Christian Jaeggi

Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt

Commander , US Navy
Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt

Richard Duriez

Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ
Richard Duriez

Simon Bollom

Chief Executive , DE&S
Simon Bollom

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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.

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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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