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As the pace of international operations increase and challenges become more diverse, SMi's Military Aircraft Maintenance and Repair conference will allow you to analyse the latest industry-military partnerships and programmes, contractual frameworks, strategies and operational experiences in the field of military aircraft maintenance.

Learn from experienced military commanders and engineers and analyse the latest strategies for ensuring continuing airworthiness. Discuss the lessons learned and ensure your organisation is equipped to meet the requirements of high tempo operations.

With specially tailored presentations covering maintenance for fast jets, helicopters and heavy airlift, make sure that you take this opportunity to stay at the forefront of the latest developments and military requirements.

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  • Discuss the latest market trends and industry analysis
  • Hear case studies on military - industry cooperation and contractual frameworks with a series of joint industry-end user presentations
  • Examine real life experiences of managing military aircraft maintenance in challenging operational environments
  • Assess lessons learned from both the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) and NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA)
  • Perspectives on ageing aircraft and aircraft structural integrity. How can you ensure continuing airworthiness?
  • Network with aircraft maintenance professionals and military decision makers


Discuss maintenance of fast jets with confirmed case studies of the Harrier, F-15 and Eurofighter Analyse maintenance and operational requirements for helicopters from NATO, military and industry perspectives Hear perspectives on maintenance for heavy aircraft with presentations on the Globemaster C-17 and Hercules Intergrated Operational Support


Chaired by:

  • WIng Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley, Defence College of Management & Technology, Cranfield University


Commercial Profile

Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Officers for:

  • Engineering
  • Through Life Support and Whole Life Support
  • Logistics Processes
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Business Units for military aircraft

Military Profile

Commanding Officers, Project Officers, Heads, Directors, Deputy Directors, S01 / S02 for:

  • Aircraft engineering
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Aircraft Support
  • Material Systems
  • Logistics
  • Logistics procurement
  • Depth Support
  • Systems Management
  • PPP

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris Hockley

Chris Hockley, Lecturer, Cranfield University, The Defence Academy, College of Management and Technology

9:10 Aircraft Maintenance in the US Air Force - An Operational View Point

Brigadier General Mark Atkinson

Brigadier General Mark Atkinson, Director, Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, HQ USAF Europe, US Air Force

  • Key programmes in place
  • Experiences on operations
  • Lessons learned and challenges overcome
  • 9:50 Latest Market Trends in the Military Aircraft MRO Industry

    Hal Chrisman

    Hal Chrisman, Principal, AeroStrategy

  • Analysis of spending and industry trends
  • Latest research into sustainment
  • A look into the future
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Hercules Integrated Operational Support - Partnering for Success

  • Support to the RAF Hercules
  • Delivering Fit For Purpose aircraft to the frontline
  • Responding to Urgent Operational Requirements
  • Lessons for the future
  • Wing Commander Rebecca Stanley

    Wing Commander Rebecca Stanley, MoD HIOS Programme Manager, Hercules Tristar Project Team, Defence Equipment & Support, UK

    John Sneller

    John Sneller, Head, RAF Airlift Business Unit, Marshall Aerospace

    11:40 Intermediate Level Maintenance for the F-15

    Major Darrin Dronoff

    Major Darrin Dronoff, Commander, 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, US Air Force

  • Supporting USAF, EUCOM and NATO commitments
  • Maintenance training programmes in place
  • Ensuring readiness for operations
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Globemaster C-17 Sustainment Partnership Programme

    Irving Irons

    Irving Irons, Director, Acquisition and Logistics, NATO Airlift Management Agency

  • Background to the programme
  • Procurement of equipment
  • NATO - industry partnership
  • 14:30 Maintaining Maintenance Effectiveness

    Rupert England

    Rupert England, Human Factors Planning Consultant, HFPlan.net

  • A systems approach to delivery
  • Best practice
  • Lessons to be learned
  • The interplay of people, process and technology
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea


    Chris Hockley

    Chris Hockley, Lecturer, Cranfield University, The Defence Academy, College of Management and Technology

    Wing Commander Tim Ewbank

    Wing Commander Tim Ewbank, Aviation Engineering & Integrity, Directorate of Safety & Engineering, Defence Equipment & Support

    John Sneller

    John Sneller, Head, RAF Airlift Business Unit, Marshall Aerospace

    Rupert England

    Rupert England, Human Factors Planning Consultant, HFPlan.net

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Chris Hockley

    Chris Hockley, Lecturer, Cranfield University, The Defence Academy, College of Management and Technology

    9:10 The Role of NAMSA in the Heavy Maintenance and Mods of NATO Helicopters

    Dimitrios Petridis

    Dimitrios Petridis, Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)

  • NAMSA's most recent achievements
  • What can NAMSA undertake on behalf of NATO nations?
  • Support for fixed wing, rotor wing and straetegic airlift capability
  • 9:50 Partnered Support Solutions in Action

    Trevor Pritchard

    Trevor Pritchard, Business Development Director, Vector Aerospace UK

  • The partnering approach
  • Optimising depth support through partnership
  • Cutting maintenance times and delivering better availability
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UK Ministry of Defence Aerospace Engineering Integrity

    Wing Commander Tim Ewbank

    Wing Commander Tim Ewbank, Aviation Engineering & Integrity, Directorate of Safety & Engineering, Defence Equipment & Support

  • MoD aircraft structural systems integrity
  • Design standards
  • Reliability centred maintenance
  • 11:40 Developing a Sustainable USAF Legacy Bomber - The B-1

    Colonel Philip Louden

    Colonel Philip Louden, B-1 Program Office and 812 Aeronautical Systems Group Commander, US Air Force

  • Sustainment Modifications: cost vs availability benefits
  • High confidence schedules and associated costs
  • Urgent need capability modification: targeting pod
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Error Management: Getting to the Bottom of the Iceberg

    Major Chris Evans

    Major Chris Evans, DARS SO2 Eng, Directorate of Aviation Regulation and Safety, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Errors
  • How we try to reduce errors
  • How we are trying to record and analyse them
  • 14:30 Creating a Harmonised European Military Airworthiness Concept

    Jan Plevka

    Jan Plevka, Armaments Directorate, European Defence Agency

  • No duplication, good value for money
  • High potential for savings (money & time)
  • High impact on safety and standardisation
  • Cost effective maintenance, operations, organisations, persons
  • Mutual recognition, acceptance, exchange and usage
  • 15:10 Fuel Tank Ignition Protection

    Duane Kritzinger

    Duane Kritzinger, Product Strategy Manager, Fuel Tank Inerting Systems, Marshall Aerospace

  • Fuel tank flammability
  • Background
  • Civil
  • Military
  • Mitigating the hazard
  • Ignation prevention
  • Ignation mitigation
  • Flammability reduction
  • Future Integrated Fire Protection System (IFP)
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference



    Continuing Airworthiness Management in the Military Domain

    Continuing Airworthiness Management in the Military Domain

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