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Following the exceptional success of our European Series, SMi are proud to bring you:


  Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction and Tanker Operations Asia Pacific

Armed forces within the Asia Pacific region have seen a steady increase in defence budgets in recent years. Regional powers such as India and China are in the midst of renewing their airlift fleets, both to acquire new capabilities and to replace ageing equipment. With two of the world’s three largest air forces; India and China, situated in Asia Pacific there is no limit to the indigenous development programmes that may emerge from the region within the coming decades.

Against this backdrop SMi is proud to announce its first annual Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction and Tanker Operations Asia Pacific conference and exhibition which will be held in Singapore on the 13th & 14th July 2011. This event will bring together the most influential regional and international players from within the airlift community to discuss issues ranging from procurement to current and future requirements, operational realties and civil-military interoperability.

The Military Airlift Asia conference taking place on the 13th & 14th July 2011 will run parallel to a vibrant exhibition where vendors will have the opportunity to showcase their latest products, technology and solutions for the airlift community. To find out more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact the SMi sponsorship department on sponsorshipdept@smi-online.co.uk

Sponsored by: 

BAE Systems Asset Management Boeing JBT AeroTech Lifeport ST Aerospace Static Engineering TLD Group Volga-Dnepr Airlines

Partnered by:

Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore Aerospace Singapore

Regional and Group Discounts Are Available

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Don't miss the opportunity to take part in Military Airlift Asia Pacific.

Meet and network with key individuals from across the Asian airlift community. This is why you cannot afford to miss out:

Military Airlift C-17 Ground Support

Attend a dedicated Military Airlift forum unique to Asia Pacific
Identify the most-up-to-date programmes and capabilities from the across the region
Review regional modernisation programmes and new airlift platforms
Listen to presentations on multi role tanker transport (MRTT)
Interact with distinguished international speakers and attendees
Fully understand the role of airlift in humanitarian and MEDEVAC operations
Talk to the people that you want to meet from the airlift community

Military Airlift C-130 Operations

 Confirmed Attendees Now Include:

  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • ST Aerospace
  • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Qantas Defence Australia
  • International Aircargo System
  • Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • UAE Air Force
  • Japan Air-Self Defence Force
  • LifePort
  • Broens
  • Airbus Military
  • Adagold Aviation
  • Pakistan Air Force
  • FD Aviation Services
  • JBT AeroTech
  • Air Cargo System Japan
  • General Electric Aviation
  • US Air Force
  • Static Engineering
  • Israel Aircraft Industries
  • World Fuel Service
  • Commsoft
  • Adagold Aviation
  • Astronautics
  • Indian Air Force
  • New Zealand Air Force
  • National Air Cargo
  • Senegal Air Force
  • United Nations Humanitarian Response
  • Boeing
  • Malaysian Air Force
  • UN World Food Programme
  • BAE Systems 
  • GE Aviation
  • Ruslan International
  • ISOA
  • SkyLifter Australia
  • TLD Group
  • European Defence Agency
  • Indonesian Air Force
  • Young Tiger Consultants


  • Rapid Response
  • Cargo Air Delivery
  • Air Refuelling 
  • Air Mobility
  • Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Air Expert, Strategy Department
  • Cargo Charter Analyst
 Military Airlift Afghan Tactical Airlift
  • Systems Engineers
  • Chief, Aviation Unit
  • Project Officer
  • VP Transport & Mission Aircraft
  • Defence Capability Marketing Director
  • Movement Operations
  • Transport and Medical Evacuations

Previous attendees include:

  • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • German Air Force Command
  • 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, United States Air Force Headquarters
  • US Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • SAC Heavy Airlift Wing, United States Air Force
  • Movement Coordination Centre, Europe
  • European Air Transport Command
  • EU Military Staff
  • French Forces
  • Royal Air Force, UK
  • IPOA
  • NATO Airlift Management Agency
  • EADS
  • Chapman Freeborn
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • Terma
  • Indian Air Force
  • Northrop Grumman
  • US Marine Corps
  • Remote Medical Solutions International (RMSI)
  • NATO International Staff
  • US Africa Command
  • Volga-Dnepr, UK
  • National Air Cargo, Middle East
  • European Defence Agency
  • United Nations
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Airbus Military
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Deschamps
  • Avicon Zitotrans
  • Lufthansa Technik AG
  • Singapore Armed Forces
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • World Fuel Services
  • Thales
  • OPCW
  • Embaer
  • Ruslan International
  • JBT Aerotec
  • Nordic Air Re-Fueling
  • EU Military Staff
  • Amapola
  • Capewell Components
  • Ministry of Defence, Austria 
  • IABG

Feedback from our previous Military Airlift events:

  • No matter how good the advance literature is, you never know how relevant these events are until you get there. This one was relevant to my interest & very well put together with a high class of presenter. Thanks!
  • Looking forward to next year!
  • 'A very informative conference'
  • 'This seminar gave a great opportunity to meet a wide range of major acts in the field of air transportation'
  • 'A well organised & very rewarding conference. The speaker line-up are transportation leaders in their fields & this event is a ‘must-attend’ to keep pace with developments in the military transportation marketplace'
  • Glad we came, a good 1st conference for us!
  • A great job, well done & thanks! Overall a good variety of speakers that cover the  goals of the conference'
  • 'Good to see strong support from the US & Europe, very good networking opportunities!'
  • 'It has been a perfect event, everything was well planned & organised, well done!'

Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction and Tanker Operations Asia Pacific will be busy and vibrant. With a number of exhibition opportunities, Military Airlift is the perfect platform for companies to showcase their products and services to delegates and speakers. Meet with senior industry suppliers to get ideas and contacts and see how their latest products can enhance your airlift capabilities.

Previous event sponsors have included the following companies: 

  • Airborne Systems
  • Air Charter Service
  • Air Partner
  • Alenia Aeronautica
  • AmSafe Bridport
  • Aviacon Zitotrans
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Boeing
  • Chapman Freeborn Airchartering
  • Capwell
  • Deschamps
  • Heliare
  • Hale Hamilton
  • Intercomp Europe
  • MXI Technologies
  • National Air Cargo
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Polet Airlines
  • Thales
  • TLD Group
  • Volga Dnepr

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact: sponsorshipdept@smi-online.co.uk

Avenue B Consulting; Babcock; Bayer Schering Pharma; Bedford Road Surgery; Bracco International; Chauvin Novopharma AG; Chiesi SA; Ciba Vision; Euro-Labor SA; Eurotrials; Fresenius N V; Geistlich Pharma AG; JSC Grindeks; Loba Feinchemie AG; M.E.Trial Masters Ltd; Mallinckrodt Chemical Ltd; Mundipharma AB; OM Portuguesa Laboratorio de Especialidades Farmaceuticas SA; Parexel; Public Power Corporation; RAO UESR; Sanofi-Aventis; Serumwerk Bernburg AG; Tasqu; U G S Corp; UCB SA; Varsal Europe BV;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Aloysius Tay

Dr Aloysius Tay, Chief Executive, Association Of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)


Air Chief Marshall SP Tyagi

Air Chief Marshall SP Tyagi, (Former) Chief of Staff and Chairman's Chief of Staff Committee, Indian Air Force

  • The airlift programme in India
  • Current fleet: Ilyushin II-76
  • Experiences and lessons gained from operations
  • Airlift and the Governments strategy to enhance the capability of its fleet to deploy and operate across the globe
  • Fulfilling the outstanding Very Heavy Lift Transportation Aircraft (VHLTA) requirement
  • Procuring and extensively upgrading the current fleet – C-130J Super Hercules and C-17
  • Outlining the nature of the challenges in India prompting the enhancement of airlift capabilities
  • 9:50 Heavy Airlift Operations in Pakistan

    Air Commodore Zahid Hamid Kiani

    Air Commodore Zahid Hamid Kiani , Former Director Air Transport, Pakistan Air Force (P A F)

  • Overview of current heavy airlift operations in the Pakistan Air Force
  • Providing logistical airlift support to active theatres
  • The C-130 and rapid reaction operations
  • Unique challenges and lessons learned
  • 10:30 Networking Coffee Break

    11:00 The Use of Pre-Owned Commercial Aircraft to Provide Good Utility to the Military and Their Service Providers at an Affordable Price

    Andy Whelan

    Andy Whelan, Sales Director , BAE Systems Asset Management

  • Managing assets for performance and economics
  • The use of  pre-owned commercial aircraft to release/augment  valuable TacAT assets  
  • The potential for pre-owned commercial aircraft to replace ageing military air transport fleets
  • Innovative ideas to ease the strain on defence budgets
  • 11:40 The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III: Airlifter of Choice

    Michael J. Marshall

    Michael J. Marshall, International Business Development, Military Aircraft Mobility Division, Defence Space & Security, The Boeing Company

  • Since entering service, the C-17 has established a proven track record for high reliability, performance, and versatility
  • Only the C-17 provides the flexibility necessary to respond to the nation's current and future national security interests
  • The C-17 provides a rapid response capability for humanitarian and disaster relief missions anywhere in the world
  • C-17 Returns the Best Value for the Money
  • 12:20 Airlift Operations across the Japanese Ministry of Defence

    Colonel Kaneko Shinichi

    Colonel Kaneko Shinichi, Head, Weapon Systems Programmes Division, Defence Planning and Policy Department, Air Staff Office, Japanese Air Self Defence Force

  • Outlining current capabilities in the Japanese Ministry of Defence
  • Case studies from recent missions with the Kawasaki C-1 and C130H
  • Update on the Kawasaki C-X programme
  • Advantages of the Kawasaki C-X
  • Collaboration with Kawasaki Heavy Industries
  • What next?
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Airbus Military Family of Airlifters

    Air Commodore Ian Elliott OBE RAF Rtd

    Air Commodore Ian Elliott OBE RAF Rtd, VP Defence Capability Marketing, Airbus Military

  • The Airbus military airlift product range
  • Recent feedback on the A400M flight test programme
  • 14:40 Commercial Airlift Contributions in Meeting Military Airlift Objectives

    Colon Miller

    Colon Miller, Military Operations & Key Accounts, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo

  • Rapid Response Action Plans
  • Leveraging Existing Resources
  • Proven Reliability and On Time Deliveries
  • 24/7 Availability
  • World-Wide Operations
  • 15:20 Networking Coffee Break

    15:50 Airlift Modernisation – ST Aerospace Experience

    Goh Aik Hoong

    Goh Aik Hoong, Vice President, Military Business Unit, ST Aerospace

    16:30 Technical Management of Military Aircraft in a Cost Effective Way

    Haji Hassan Tengah

    Haji Hassan Tengah, VP Engineering Services, FD Aviation Services

  • Assisting the Air Force's to acheive decreased turnaround time; throughput and cost performance
  • Flight operations and maintenance support
  • Engine technical management
  • Flight operations services
  • Fleet technical management
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard Potts

    Richard Potts, Business Development Manager, Qantas Defence Services

    9:10 Haiti Flight Operations Control Centre

    Colonel Bradley Graff

    Colonel Bradley Graff, 601 ST AMD Commander , United States Air Force

  • Adapting to the RAMCC to control aircraft movement in Port-au-Prince
  • Drawing on experience from recent humanitarian relief ops
  • Co-ordinating and managing the aircraft flow
  • Unique challenges and lessons learned
  • 9:50 African Unions Airlift Capacities

    Colonel Birame Diop

    Colonel Birame Diop, Officer in Command, Air Transport Section, Senegal Air Force

  • Programme overview and the mission update
  • Assessing Africa’s national capabilities
  • An overview of the African Stand By Forces
  • Making these forces airlift capacities efficient, rapid and relatively large
  • Future evolution – What will be the best scheme in the long term?
  • 10:30 Networking Coffee Break

    11:00 Tactical Air Transport in the New Zealand Defence Force

    Squadron Leader Keith Graham

    Squadron Leader Keith Graham, Staff Officer Directorate of Systems Evaluation , Royal New Zealand Air Force

  • Airlift operations in the NZDF
  • Life extension programme for the five C-130H Hercules aircraft operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Using the upgraded C-130H for tactical air transport, disaster relief and civil defence support, aeromedical transport and support to the New Zealand Antarctic programme
  • C-130 LEP Part Task Trainer

    Colonel Kaneko Shinichi

    Colonel Kaneko Shinichi, Head, Weapon Systems Programmes Division, Defence Planning and Policy Department, Air Staff Office, Japanese Air Self Defence Force

    Richard Potts

    Richard Potts, Business Development Manager, Qantas Defence Services

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Stability Operations Association

    Air Chief Marshall SP Tyagi

    Air Chief Marshall SP Tyagi, (Former) Chief of Staff and Chairman's Chief of Staff Committee, Indian Air Force

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ISOA: Supporting Urgent Mission Requirements

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Stability Operations Association

  • Update on the ISOA mission
  • Case study - providing relief and support
  • Interoperability with the military to aid operational effectiveness
  • Logistical coordination to aid the mobility and speed of the response
  • 14:40 Humanitarian Airlift Operations in Contemporary Theatres

    Philippe  Martou

    Philippe Martou, Deputy Head of Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme

  • Overview of the world food programme capability and delivery
  • Insight into the Pakistani floods disaster relief operation
  • Specific challenges and logistical problems
  • Lessons learned
  • 15:20 Networking Coffee Break

    15:50 MRTT Sustainment as a Model for Future Through Life Support of Commercial-Military Derivative Aircraft

    Scott Harris

    Scott Harris, Head, Qantas Defence Services

  • Overview of activities in Qantas Defence Services
  • Conversion and sustainment of the MRTT capability
  • Case study from introduction of the first type
  • Strategic requirements for Through Life Support activities
  • Moving forward
  • 16:30 AAR: Working on a European Solution

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Project Officer for Deployability, European Defence Agency

  • AAR requirements for the EU: an operational analysis
  • Short medium and long term solutions to alleviate the shortfall
    EATF: Maximising European airlift capabilities through enhanced cooperation
  • How to increase the airlift provision within the EU
  • Developing concrete solutions to increase efficiency
  • Identifying best practices
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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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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    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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