The 2nd annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. As the only event specifically focused on defence safety for the military aviation community it 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 involvement in the acquisition and safe operation of unmanned systems and to those concerned with the certification of all equipment types.

The Defence Aviation Safety USA 2020 conference will bring together leaders from the US DoD, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy and their international counterparts.

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 in North America.

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

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

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;


Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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Hilton Arlington

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Arlington 22203

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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.

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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