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SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 conference will be held for a third successful year, returning to Prague, Czech Republic on the 23rd and 24th May 2018.

Our past Helicopter Technology events have been recognised for excellence by many leading defence forces in both Central and Eastern Europe and have hosted more senior heads of Air Force and Helicopter Commands than any other helicopter event in Europe.

As Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States continue to be a key focus for defence equipment upgrades, the rotary fleet remains a key asset in both domestic and international military operations. Therefore, a focused conference is essential to ensure continued advancement of capability, equipment, and joint interoperability.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet many heads of Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers.
 

  • Keynote briefing from Major General Jaromir Sebesta, Air Force Commander of the Czech Air Force
  • Hear from representatives from the V4 nations: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia
  • Listen to detailed updates on helicopter programmes and procurement goals from the US Marine Corps, French Air Force, Joint Helicopter Command and Commando Helicopter Force
  • A unique opportunity to explore new technologies and programmes from industry and exhibitors
  • The only regionally dedicated military helicopter conference in 2018

The audience will include, but not be limited to:

  • Commanders of Air Force
  • Deputy Commanders Air Force
  • Commanders of National Helicopter Forces 
  • Directors of Capability Planning
  • National Armaments Directors
  • Helicopter Programme Managers 
  • Heads of Army Aviation 
  • Heads of Strategy and Defence Planning
  • Commanders of Air Systems 
  • Directors of Procurement
  • Chief Scientists/Defence Research Agencies 
  • Military Helicopter Programme Managers and Leaders
  • Helicopter Manufacturers
  • Helicopter Engine Manufacturers
  • Integrated Mission Systems
  • Sensor Technology Providers
  • Weapons System Experts
  • Protective Systems

 

Airbus; AOBP; Aselsan As; Association Of The Defence Industry Of The Czech Republic; Astronautics; Austrian Air Force; Axnes Aviation ; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Boeing Defense, Space and Security ; Croatian Air Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; DEFENCE ATTACHE OFFICE; Defense Express; Embassy of Ukraine; European Defence Agency; FlightSafety International; Heli-one Norway As; Jeppesen ; Joint Helicopter Command; Keystone Turbine Services; Lockheed Martin; M International Inc.; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; NATO (NAHEMA); Omnipol Ltd; Pall GmbH; Pall Internation SARL; Pall Italia srl; Pinnacle Solutions Inc; Polish Armed Forces; Royal Danish Air Force; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Summit Aviation Inc.; Swedish Air Force; TenCate Advanced Armour; The Boeing Company; The Shephard Group; Trakka; UK MOD; unical Defense Inc; Unical Defense Inc.; University of Defence, Czech Republic.
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

9:10 Modernisation Plans for the Czech Armed Forces' Rotary Fleet

Major General Jaromir Alan

Major General Jaromir Alan, Chief, Planning Division, Czech Air Force, Smith E

9:50 Helicopter Effectiveness Through Innovation and Flexibility

Mr. Roberto Garavaglia

Mr. Roberto Garavaglia, SVP Strategy and Business Development, Leonardo

  • Combat cost effectiveness through innovation
  • Flexibility and multipurpose helicopters for modern armies
  • EU cooperation importance
  • Cost effectiveness
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Bell Helicopter – Leading Innovation in the 21st Century and Beyond

    Mr. Steve Mathias

    Mr. Steve Mathias, Vice President, Global Military Business Development, Bell Helicopter

  •        For more than 80 years, Bell Helicopter has demonstrated leadership in aviation innovation
  •        Bell Helicopter’s Tilt-rotor innovations are revolutionizing the way vertical lift is applied in both manned and unmanned platforms
  •        Reducing the logistical footprint while retaining the superior operational performance
  • 11:40 The Development and Modernisation of UK Air Manoeuvre Capabilities

  •        What makes up UK AM today
  •        The UK Capability Management Processes
  •        UK Future Force Headmarks
  •        Themes the UK is pursuing: interoperable by design, open systems architecture, novel weapons, teaming etc.
  • Colonel Julian Facer

    Colonel Julian Facer, Assistant Head Capability Development, Air Manoeuvre Capability, UK Army

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot, SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps

    12:20 The Future is Now: Meet the Best of Technology – H145M

  • H145M multi-role solution
  • Airbus HForce: Weapon performance and precision
  • Revolution in C4I
  • Performance, Availability, Reliability, Effectiveness, Economic
  • Mr. Mark Robert  Henning

    Mr. Mark Robert Henning, Senior Program Manager - H145 Governmental Business, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH

    Mr Thierry de Boisvilliers

    Mr Thierry de Boisvilliers, Marketing Segment Manager, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 An Update on The Czech Air Force Helicopter Modernisation and Procurement Timelines

    14:40 Procuring the UH-60 Black Hawk to Increase National Security

    Colonel Peter Baliak

    Colonel Peter Baliak, Division Head, Operations and Plans, Slovakian Air Force

  • The on-going modernisation of the Slovakian Air Force
  • UH-60 support for ground forces and special operations 
  • Managing cost-effective decisions for national security: long-term goals of operational capabilities 
  • Increasing compatibility with NATO standards and allies
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 French Air Force Helicopter Specific Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon, Helicopter Componant Commander, French Air Force

  •        Combined air operation with H225M Caracal in depth of the battlefield
  •        Interception of hostile aircraft by helicopter
  •        Challenges for future
  • 16:30 Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies

    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins , Technology Team Leader, Helicopters Operating Centre , DE&S, UK MoD

  • Current rotorcraft sustainment planning 
  • NATO activities
  • Key drivers
  • Long term scientific study
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    9:10 Enhancing Training to Maintain 1st Army Aviation Brigade Fleet Readiness

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces

  • The role of the 1st Army Aviation Brigade in the Polish Armed Forces
  • Current 1st Army Aviation Brigade fleet size and mission priorities
  • Feedback from recent exercises and deployments
  • 9:50 U.S. Army Aviation - Preparing for the Future

    Colonel Chad Chasteen

    Colonel Chad Chasteen, 110th Army Aviation Brigade Commander, U S Army Aviation Center

  • What we've observed - the changes in the character of warfare
  • The future operating environment and implications
  • Preparing for the future - training and materiel solutions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Bolstering Czech Air Capabilities Through Rotary Procurement

    Major Peter Gernes

    Major Peter Gernes, Capability, Development, and Planning - Rotary Wing, Czech MoD

  • The on-going modernisation of the Czech Air Force - Rotary Wings
  • Exploring procurement of multioperational utility helicopters to bolster national defence
  • Providing support to NATO goals
  • 11:40 Enhancing Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) Operability with the Advanced MK4

    Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cross

    Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cross, Operations Officer, Commando Helicopter Force

  • Undergoing upgrades to the more advanced MK4 Merlin to ensure readiness for Royal Marines operations
  • Advancing capabilities for Royal Marine CHF operations
  • Search and detection radar for SAR missions
  • Tactical surveillance radar equipped to relay data to command ship during operations
  • Engaging the CHF in further rotary operations
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Slovene COUGAR Upgrade Project

    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Mr. Marko Gruden , Helicopter Programme Manager, Armament Project Management Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence

  • Project goals and milestones 
  • Present status and missions
  • Challenges for future
  • 14:00 Optimising H-1 Capabilities and Survivability to Counter and Overcome Current and Future Challenges

    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh, USMC H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps

  • Improving UH-1Y transport capabilities for amphibious and land operations 
  • Optimising command and control by improving communication and sensor systems for the UH-1Y 
  • In theatre support for Marine Corps Helicopter Fleet
  • Future upgrade timelines
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Provoking Change in the Vertical Lift Aircraft Development Space

    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Mr. Marc Alexander, Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research

  • A characterization and contextualization of past and present development spaces
  • An interpretation of sciences associated with vehicle design and operation
  • An identification of design enablers in the interplay between technologies, capabilities, and requirements
  • Analyses stimulating change in design, end-use, agency, program, and regulatory processes
  • Provision of unconventional incites to motivate the use of innovative and disruptive development approaches
  • 15:50 Panel Discussion: Optimising Rotary Fleet Survivability Through New Technology Acquisitions

  • Current threats to helicopter airframes: examining the broad spectrum of threats
  • Don’t be seen, don’t be hit, be survivable! Looking at rotary survivability strategies of leading defence forces
  • New technologies in the market that can be integrated into legacy platforms
  • What will the next biggest threat be to helicopter survivability: defeating the threat with defence research
  • Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh, USMC H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps

    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins , Technology Team Leader, Helicopters Operating Centre , DE&S, UK MoD

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot, SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

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

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Chad Chasteen

    Colonel Chad Chasteen

    110th Army Aviation Brigade Commander, U S Army Aviation Center
    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh

    USMC H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps
    Colonel Julian Facer

    Colonel Julian Facer

    Assistant Head Capability Development, Air Manoeuvre Capability, UK Army
    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon

    Helicopter Componant Commander, French Air Force
    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces
    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins

    Technology Team Leader, Helicopters Operating Centre , DE&S, UK MoD

    Colonel Chad Chasteen

    110th Army Aviation Brigade Commander, U S Army Aviation Center
    Colonel Chad Chasteen

    Colonel David Walsh

    USMC H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps
    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel Julian Facer

    Assistant Head Capability Development, Air Manoeuvre Capability, UK Army
    Colonel Julian Facer

    Colonel Miroslav Jencik

    Director, MATC , Czech Air Force
    Colonel Miroslav Jencik

    Colonel Peter Baliak

    Division Head, Operations and Plans, Slovakian Air Force
    Colonel Peter Baliak

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon

    Helicopter Componant Commander, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cross

    Operations Officer, Commando Helicopter Force
    Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cross

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces
    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General Jaromir Alan

    Chief, Planning Division, Czech Air Force, Smith E
    Major General Jaromir Alan

    Major Peter Gernes

    Capability, Development, and Planning - Rotary Wing, Czech MoD
    Major Peter Gernes

    Mr Thierry de Boisvilliers

    Marketing Segment Manager, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
    Mr Thierry de Boisvilliers

    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research
    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Mr. Mark Robert Henning

    Senior Program Manager - H145 Governmental Business, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
    Mr. Mark Robert  Henning

    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Helicopter Programme Manager, Armament Project Management Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Mr. Pat Collins

    Technology Team Leader, Helicopters Operating Centre , DE&S, UK MoD
    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Roberto Garavaglia

    SVP Strategy and Business Development, Leonardo
    Mr. Roberto Garavaglia

    Mr. Steve Mathias

    Vice President, Global Military Business Development, Bell Helicopter
    Mr. Steve Mathias

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    Angelo Hotel

    The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.

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    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.

    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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