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The SMi Group is delighted to announce the 3rd annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference taking place virtually on the 21st - 22nd April 2021, in London.

As the only online 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 2021 Virtual 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.
 

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Conference programme

8:30 Conference Registration and Online Networking

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Miles Dixon

Miles Dixon, Director, SMi Group Ltd

9:00 Empowering A Safety-First Culture Across DE&S

Sir Simon Bollom

Sir Simon Bollom, Chief Executive , DE&S

• How DE&S remain delivery focused, and safety driven
• Empowering all staff to embrace high levels of safety standards
• Simplifying safety: ensuring maximum operational output with effective governance and oversight
 

9:30 No 1 Gp RAF : The Safe Delivery of Air Power and Operational Readiness

AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall

AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall, AOC, 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 a safety-first culture and leadership across No.1 Group
 

10:00 Lead Sponsor Presentation

10:30 Morning Coffee and Online Networking

11:00 No. 22 Group: Maximising Safety Through Enhanced Training of RAF Personnel

Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, AOC No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force

• Creating a safety-first culture across all training assets
• Using the very latest synthetic training and simulation to reduce in air collisions and prevent accidents
• Using collision avoidance data for future safety training
 

11:30 MAA-MLD update: To Report Or Not To Report...That’s (Not) The Question...

Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon

Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon , Director Military Aviation Authority , Netherlands Armed Forces

• Improving safety culture through leadership
• How special are we; exemption-policy in the military context
• Growing towards a comprehensive, all inclusive and robust reporting culture
 

12:00 Sponsor Presentation

12:30 Lunch and Online Networking Sessions

13:30 U.S. Air Force Safety Centre: Leading Safety Through A Culture Of Reporting, Data Analysis, And Risk Management Tools

Major General John Rauch

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

• Creating a safety-first culture across the U.S. Air Force
• An update on the data management solutions and tools across the U.S. Air Force And how they deliver enhanced safety
• Reducing mishaps through better data and reporting
• Encouraging force wide reporting on unsafe practices
• Working with air force leadership to create greater safety awareness and enabling superior operating standards
 

14:00 Safety Functions and Priorities for USAF Air Combat Command

Colonel Anthony Kleiger

Colonel Anthony Kleiger, Director of Safety, Air Combat Command , US Air Force

• How ACC manage safety;
o Inspections
o Hazard identification
o Risk assessment
o Mishap prevention
• ACC weapon systems safety
• Maintaining high operational tempo whilst ensuring safety
• Safety as a culture
 

14:30 Optimising Safety For UK Rotary Operations

Colonel Ed Butterworth

Colonel Ed Butterworth, Deputy Commander 1st Aviation Brigade (Find), British Army

• How 1 Aviation Brigade Manage Safety
• Enhancing safety through state-of-the-art full motion synthetic trainers
• Use of ASIMS, investigations and the importance of SMART recommendations reaching the widest audience
• Empowering all staff to report unsafe Activities Insuring a safety-first culture
 

15:00 Afternoon Networking

15:30 The Royal Navy Update: How The Navy Are Delivering Safety Across All Maritime Platforms And Systems

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Commodore Stuart Henderson, Navy Safety Centre Director, Royal Navy

• Priorities for the Royal Navy Safety Centre
• Measuring safety and reducing risk: reporting tools that enable greater safety across the fleet
• Managing a variety of complex platforms and systems whilst ensuring safety
• The rise of unmanned and autonomous systems – overcoming the Safety and oversight challenges
 

16:00 US Navy Safety Centre: Maximising Safety For Naval Platforms And Systems

Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman, Commander, US Navy

• Maintaining safe operational readiness
• Measuring success: data management tools and analytics used to oversee efficient safety delivery
• Promoting safety across the Navy
• Current projects and initiatives to improve safety culture across the US Navy
 

16:30 The Protector Male Route To Certification – A Global First

Colonel Paul Hughes

Colonel Paul Hughes, Chief Engineer and Type Airworthiness Authority for UK Strategic RPAS , UK MOD

• Explanation of the UK Military Aircraft Certification Process (MACP)
• The current status of the Protector Cert Programme (First flight planned Sep 20)
• The Protector International by Design concept – the offer for other nations
 

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Miles Dixon

Miles Dixon, Director, SMi Group Ltd

8:30 Registration and Online Networking

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Miles Dixon

Miles Dixon, Director, SMi Group Ltd

9:00 Enhancing UK Helicopter Platform Delivery Through Enhanced Safety

Director

Director , Helicopters, DE&S UK MoD

• How DE&S manage in service support of rotary platforms and systems
• Keeping the UK MoD’s Helicopter Force safe to operate
• Optimising airworthiness and certification
• Examples of safety challenges and best practice across DE&S
 

9:30 Joint Helicopter Command: Ensuring Safety Across A Variety Of Rotary Platforms Whilst Maintaining Operational Readiness

Wing Commander John Moorehead

Wing Commander John Moorehead, SO1 Air Safety, Joint Helicoper Command , UK MoD

• Challenges of managing safety across the Command
• Hollistic approach to risk
• Risk based assurance
• Innovation in Safety
 

10:00 Sponsor Presentation

10:30 Morning Coffee and Online Networking

11:00 A Finnish Military Aviation Authority Update: Maximising Performance Of Air Systems Whilst Delivering Safety For All

Colonel Kim Juhala

Colonel Kim Juhala, Director MAA , Finnish Armed Forces

• Establishing aviation safety standards for the Finnish Armed Forces
• Safety Culture: leadership and management
• Finland’s MAA incident reporting system covering both aircrew and maintenance personnel reporting.
• Examples of domestic certification of air systems
 

11:30 Hungarian MAA: Ensuring Safe Delivery And Maintenance Of Military Aircraft Across The HDF

Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Simon

Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Simon, Head of Airworthiness Section, MAA, Hungarian Defence Forces

• Structure, responsibilities and priorities for the Hungarian MAA
• Airworthiness and maintenance procedures that deliver safety for all air platforms
• Working with international partners to benchmark safety standards
• On boarding of new H145M military helicopter platforms and an update on the certificating process
 

12:00 Sponsor Presentation

12:30 Lunch and Online Networking Sessions

13:30 The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC): Optimizing Aviation Safety Through Advanced Leadership and Safety Management Systems

Colonel Ronald  Ells

Colonel Ronald Ells, Deputy Commander US Army Safety Center , US Army


• How the US Army create risk mitigation for aviation platforms
• Analysing data from near misses to prevent further threat to life and capability
• Using accident reports for future army aviation training to improve safety
• Current projects and priorities in Army Aviation
 

14:00 How More Advanced Aviation Training Can Help Drive Safety Across The US Army Rotary Fleet

Colonel George G. Ferido

Colonel George G. Ferido, Brigade Commander, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence

• Why training is a safety enabler
• Evaluating flight safety data to determine where accidents are happening and using this to drive further training
• The rise of augmented reality training
• Examples of where more focused safety programs have optimised platform and crew survivability
 

14:30 Afternoon Networking

15:00 Luxembourg Military Airworthiness And Safety Management Systems: A Cooperative Hybrid Approach

Francois MATHIEU

Francois MATHIEU, Air Capabilities/Military Aviation Authority, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence

• History and facts on Luxembourg Armed Forces/ State aviation activities and the emerging need for safety oversight.
• An overview of how the Luxembourg MAA plans to operate and oversee safety
• Regulatory oversight for military air systems and state aviation, based on operational context
• Current focus and priorities for airworthiness
• Working with industry to deliver superior and safe military Aircraft
• Case study: on boarding the A400 M vs H145M 

 

15:30 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
 

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Miles Dixon

Miles Dixon, Director, SMi Group Ltd

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon

Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon

Director Military Aviation Authority , Netherlands Armed Forces
AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall

AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall

AOC, No.1 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

AOC No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force
Colonel Anthony Kleiger

Colonel Anthony Kleiger

Director of Safety, Air Combat Command , US Air Force
Colonel Kim Juhala

Colonel Kim Juhala

Director MAA , Finnish Armed Forces
Commodore Stuart Henderson

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Navy Safety Centre Director, Royal Navy
Francois MATHIEU

Francois MATHIEU

Air Capabilities/Military Aviation Authority, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence
Sir Simon Bollom

Sir Simon Bollom

Chief Executive , DE&S

Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon

Director Military Aviation Authority , Netherlands Armed Forces
Air Commodore Jan-Paul Apon

AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall

AOC, No.1 Group, Royal Air Force
AIr Vice Marshal Allan Marshall

Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

AOC No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

Colonel Anthony Kleiger

Director of Safety, Air Combat Command , US Air Force
Colonel Anthony Kleiger

Colonel Ed Butterworth

Deputy Commander 1st Aviation Brigade (Find), British Army
Colonel Ed Butterworth

Colonel George G. Ferido

Brigade Commander, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence
Colonel George G. Ferido

Colonel Kim Juhala

Director MAA , Finnish Armed Forces
Colonel Kim Juhala

Colonel Paul Hughes

Chief Engineer and Type Airworthiness Authority for UK Strategic RPAS , UK MOD
Colonel Paul Hughes

Colonel Ronald Ells

Deputy Commander US Army Safety Center , US Army
Colonel Ronald  Ells

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Navy Safety Centre Director, Royal Navy
Commodore Stuart Henderson

Director

Helicopters, DE&S UK MoD
Director

Francois MATHIEU

Air Capabilities/Military Aviation Authority, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence
Francois MATHIEU

Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Simon

Head of Airworthiness Section, MAA, Hungarian Defence Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Sandor Simon

Major General John Rauch

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

Miles Dixon

Director, SMi Group Ltd
Miles Dixon

Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

Commander, US Navy
Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

Richard Duriez

Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ
Richard Duriez

Sir Simon Bollom

Chief Executive , DE&S
Sir Simon Bollom

Wing Commander John Moorehead

SO1 Air Safety, Joint Helicoper Command , UK MoD
Wing Commander John Moorehead

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Robin Radar Systems provides actionable information to increase safety and security for both humans and birds. We do that by combining purpose-built radars with unique software algorithms.

Our bird radars are installed at numerous civil and military airports around Europe, including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin and Copenhagen. There we monitor birds all around the airport to prevent bird strikes on approaching and departing aircraft.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has deployed our bird radars at scale, protecting all of their national airbases and bombing ranges in the Netherlands.

We also protect birds themselves and help to reduce the environmental impact of wind turbines with our avian radars at wind farms.

Our counter-drone radars have regularly been used to protect infrastructure, events and VIPS from rogue drones, and have also been permanently deployed at military and civil airports, including London Heathrow.

ROBIN originally started in the eighties as a project within the well-respected Dutch Research Institute for Applied Science (TNO). The project name was an acronym for Radar Observation of Bird Intensity. Back then we utilised RNLAF air defence radars, providing them with actionable information to assist with flight planning and avoiding areas of intense bird activity.

In 2010 high-tech entrepreneur Siete Hamminga spun out the technology from TNO to make it commercially available. Since then our installed base has grown to well over 100 radars.

Listed in the top three most innovative Dutch companies, we’ve received FD Gazelle, and Deloitte Fast 50, fast-growing business awards, and we’ve been listed as an official Great Place To Work.

All the while we continue to research, develop, manufacture, and above all, innovate.


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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.

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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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