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Announcement: We have now made this conference a virtual event. All speakers, attendees and sponsors will be able to access the full conference and its materials and will be able to log on remotely via the internet. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uk
 

SMi’ Group’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2021 conference is returning for its sixth successful year on the 19th - 20th May 2021 as a Virtual Event. As the only conference specialising on rotary systems in the Central and Eastern Europe, this will be a unique opportunity to network with numerous leading Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers. Please note all agenda times are in Central European Time.
 

Unlike other events, this conference is a meeting for the military helicopter community across Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the selection and procurement of new platforms and systems as a means of securing strategic success, whilst putting in place the necessary mechanisms for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of existing legacy platforms. This is the only event that provides a regional focus on Eastern European nations seeking to develop and modernise their fleets, along with NATO and international partners seeking strategic insights into cooperation and interoperability across the region.

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2021 Highlights:

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe
  • A unique focus on multipurpose helicopter technology and joint force interoperability
  • Briefings on: Rotary Procurement, Platform Upgrades and Modernisation, Interoperability, and National Defence Priorities and Capabilities
  • High level panel discussions featuring technical managers and project engineers from military as well as industry
  • Focused discussion groups tackling key challenges facing helicopter programme managers in the region
  • Informal networking time so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional helicopter programmes today

 BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL CONFERENCES INCLUDE:

1. Network virtually: Create a profile and connect with other attendees, speakers, sponsors and media partners.
2. Watch live briefings: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market.
3. View on-demand: Re-watch presentations or catch-up on those you missed, up to 6 months after the event has taken place.
4. Learn in safety: Stay informed on the market and broaden learning opportunities from the comfort of your own home, without the added costs of travel or overnight stays.

Military Helicopter Programme Managers and Leaders
Helicopter Manufacturers
Helicopter Engine Manufacturers
Integrated Mission Systems
Sensor Technology Providers
Weapons System Experts
Protective Systems Engineers

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 Gmb H; Joint Helicopter Command; Keystone Turbine Services; Lockheed Martin; M International Inc.; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency); 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;

Conference programme

All timings are in Central European Summer Time (GMT +1)

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:15 Transforming the Hungarian Air Force Helicopter Capabilities

Brigadier General József Koller

Brigadier General József Koller, Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force

 • Modernising HDF Helicopter capabilities under the Zrínyi 2026 defence development program
• Update on the HDF procurement of the Airbus H145M and H225M platforms
• Overview of the future goals of the Hungarian Defence Forces helicopter capabilities and the actions taken to achieve these
 

9:45 The Importance of Modern and Capable Rotary Wing Platforms in Supporting the Achievement of Mission Objectives

Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa

Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, The Armed Forces General Command - Poland

• The role of the 1st Aviation Brigade in providing support to the Polish Armed Forces
• Evaluating the integration of 4 new AW101 multi-role helicopters and 4 new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters into the Polish fleet in 2019
• Underlining plans to modernize and renew Polish rotary combat capabilities in the near future – addressing and realizing potential platforms
 

10:15 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:15 The Challenges of Upgrading an Ageing Fleet to Guarantee the Continued Achievement of Strategic Goals

• Updates on the current rotary wing platforms in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force
• Analysing the upgrade and overhaul challenges faced by the Air Force
• Future procurement plans to modernize the Air Force’s helicopter capabilities
 

Brigadier General Janko Petrusic

Brigadier General Janko Petrusic, Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence Brigade, Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina

11:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:15 Updating Latvian Legacy Helicopters to Ensure Mission Effectiveness

Colonel Viesturs Masulis

Colonel Viesturs Masulis, Commander, Latvian Air Force

• Updates on the procurement of four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters
• Predicted challenges of integrating new platforms into existing infrastructure
• The importance of effective rotary wing capabilities for military and civilian duties, in particular search and rescue
 

12:45 Enhancing Albanian Rotary Wing Capabilities Through Collaboration with NATO Allies

Colonel Ylli Pulaj

Colonel Ylli Pulaj, Deputy Commander (Acting Commander), Albanian Air Force

  • The importance of the alliance for Albanian security
  • The challenges of upgrading ageing Soviet rotary wing platforms
  • Integrating the incoming UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters into the Albanian Air Force
  • Future overhaul and procurement plans to enhance the rotary capabilities of the Albanian Air Force
  • 13:15 Networking Lunch

    14:15 Interoperability and Standardisation in European Military Helicopter Training

    Mr José Pablo Romera Martín

    Mr José Pablo Romera Martín, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency (EDA)

    • EDA helicopter portfolio and training activities
    • Pooling and Sharing of multinational capabilities
    • The future Multinational Helicopter Training Centre
     

    14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:15 Industry Panel: How Industry is Delivering Rotary Superiority for Central and Eastern European Nations

    15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 The Role of the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) in Enhancing Interoperability Across the V4 Nations

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Karel Valvoda, Director Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC), Czech Air Force

    • Providing a broad spectrum of training for aircrews and maintenance specialists by optimizing the use of existing capacities and capabilities offered by V4 participants
    • Harmonising and standardising aviation training and education whilst enhancing the quality levels of pilots
    • Improving the capabilities of participating forces and fostering interoperability between them
    • Facilitating the establishment of multinational task forces and their joint deployment to areas of operations led by NATO, the EU or the UN
     

    16:45 Developing Next Generation Rotary Capabilities

    Mr Pat Collins

    Mr Pat Collins , Technology Team Leader, Helicopters Operating Centre , DE&S, UK MOD
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    • Update on NATO Next Generation Rotary Capability (NGRC)
    • Evaluating future rotorcraft requirements to achieve operational requirements
    • Outlining technology drivers and plans for the future
     

    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:15 Efforts to Modernise the Croatian Air Force’s Rotary Capabilities

    Brigadier General Michael Križanec

    Brigadier General Michael Križanec, Commander, Croatian Air Force

    • Discussing the present Rotary wing capabilities of the Croatian Air Force
    • Appraising the importance of working with partners and allies in modernization efforts
    • Providing an update on future plans and priorities for creating modern and effective Rotary Wing capabilities
     

    9:45 Planned Upgrades to Romanian Helicopter Capabilities in the Areas of Reconnaissance, Navigation and Armament

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu, Deputy Commander, Joint Forces Command, Romanian Air Force

    • Appraising the Optical Electronic Reconnaissance and Anti-Armour System (SOCAT)
    • Upgrading navigation systems across Romanian Platforms to include integrated GPS and inertial navigation
    • Developing Armament sub-systems for the modern Romanian helicopter
    • Enhancing situational awareness through modern cockpit displays and capabilities to improve mission effectiveness

    Subject to Final Confirmation

    10:15 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative , , Leonardo

    10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:45 Transformation of The Netherlands Helicopter Force to Accomplish Strategic Goals in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

    Colonel Peter Arts

    Colonel Peter Arts, Chief Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)

    • Overcoming the challenges of operating in an increasingly complex and challenging environment
    • Utilising a 5th Generation Air Force to successfully fight and win within this new reality, by ensuring effective deployment of Apache, Chinook, Cougar and NH-90 helicopters
    • Transforming into an information-driven, agile, operational and tactical Air Force
     

    12:15 Planned Upgrades to Helicopter Platforms in the Lithuanian Armed Forces Through the Procurement of UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Dainius Guzas, Commander, Lithuanian Air Force

    • Evaluating the current capacities of the Lithuanian Air Force
    • Predicting the challenges of integrating the new UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters recently purchased from the USA
    • Ensuring upgrades to ageing equipment for increased survivability and safety
    • Future overhaul and procurement plans to enhance the rotary capabilities of the Lithuanian Air Force
     

    12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Creating a Family of Survivable and Interoperable Rotorcraft to Provide Greater Reach, Lethality and Protection

    • Future Vertical Lift (FVL) as a modernization priority for Army Futures Command
    • Increasing lethality and protection to maintain vertical lift dominance
    • Analysing potential FVL projects, including the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and integrated Rotary Wing-UAS platforms
    • The role of the US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence in training, educating, and developing agile and adaptive Army Aviation leaders
    • Integrating aviation capabilities and requirements across the warfighting functions to guarantee victory
     

    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen

    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen, Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command

    Major General David Francis

    Major General David Francis , Director of Army Commanding General, US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence, US Army

    14:45 Session Reserved for Bell Helicopter

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Bell Helicopter

    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Enhancing Helicopter Capacities in the German Armed Forces

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr Joachim Sucker, Chief of Division, Equipment/In-Service Support Air, German Federal Ministry of Defence

    • Transition of the German helicopter fleet - from Quantity to Quality
    • How each rotary asset enables the Bundeswehr to operate as an efficient fighting force: LUH SOF, NH90, AH TIGER
    • Increasing Mission Readiness - Improving Availability by Performance Based Contracts
     

    16:15 The Importance of International Operations in Enhancing Slovenian Helicopter Capabilities

    • Building of capabilities for the participation in international operations and missions
    • Providing host nation support for regional and international allies
    • Challenges for future upgrades to the Slovenian rotary wing

    Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

    Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube, Commander, 15th Wing, Slovenian Air Force
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    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Brigadier General Janko Petrusic

    Brigadier General Janko Petrusic

    Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence Brigade, Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Brigadier General József Koller

    Brigadier General József Koller

    Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Brigadier General Michael Križanec

    Brigadier General Michael Križanec

    Commander, Croatian Air Force
    Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa

    Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, The Armed Forces General Command - Poland
    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen

    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen

    Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
    Colonel Ylli Pulaj

    Colonel Ylli Pulaj

    Deputy Commander (Acting Commander), Albanian Air Force
    Major General David Francis

    Major General David Francis

    Director of Army Commanding General, US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence, US Army
    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Chief of Division, Equipment/In-Service Support Air, German Federal Ministry of Defence

    Brigadier General Janko Petrusic

    Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence Brigade, Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Brigadier General Janko Petrusic

    Brigadier General József Koller

    Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General József Koller

    Brigadier General József Koller

    Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Brigadier General József Koller

    Brigadier General Michael Križanec

    Commander, Croatian Air Force
    Brigadier General Michael Križanec

    Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, The Armed Forces General Command - Poland
    Brigadier General Slawomir Makosa

    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen

    Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Brigadier General Walter T. Rugen

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Director Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC), Czech Air Force
    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Peter Arts

    Chief Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)
    Colonel Peter Arts

    Colonel Viesturs Masulis

    Commander, Latvian Air Force
    Colonel Viesturs Masulis

    Colonel Ylli Pulaj

    Deputy Commander (Acting Commander), Albanian Air Force
    Colonel Ylli Pulaj

    Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

    Commander, 15th Wing, Slovenian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

    Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube currently acts as Commander of the 15th Wing in the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF).
    Beginning his career as an aviator in 1982, Lt Col Gaube studied at the Air Force Aviation High School in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina until 1986, moving on to the Air Force Academy in Zadar, Croatia from 1986 – 1990.

    Beginning his career in the SAF in 1994 – 1999, Lt Col Gaube was a Flight Instructor of the Pilatus PC-9 and PC-6; Zlin 242 and 143 aircraft, before Commanding 1st Combat Flight Squadron until 2005. Following this posting, he served for 7 years as Deputy Commander of the SAF’s Flight School. During this time he served as Deputy Air Ops Commander in the EUFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina operation from 2007-2008. In 2013 Lt Col Gaube joined the 15th Wing as Senior Flight Safety Officer, before moving to Command the 152nd Fixed Wing Squadron from 2015-2019. In 2019 Lt Col Gaube returned to the 15th Wing as its new Commander.

    Lt Col Gaube has a rating of Pilot, TRI, FI, gained after 4500+ flight hours. He is experienced in the piloting the Pilatus PC-9 and PC-6; Zlin 242 and 143 aircrafts. He has also completed a NATO, Tactical Leadership Program in 1996, a SAF Senior Leadership Course in 2009-2010 as well as studying at the NATO Defence College in Rome in 2018.

    He is married to Carmen and has three children (sons Leonardo – 1990 and Benjamin – 1997, and daughter Nataša Ana - 1999).
     

    Major General David Francis

    Director of Army Commanding General, US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence, US Army
    Major General David Francis

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Chief of Division, Equipment/In-Service Support Air, German Federal Ministry of Defence
    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr José Pablo Romera Martín

    EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency (EDA)
    Mr José Pablo Romera Martín

    Mr Pat Collins

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

    Following graduation in Aeronautical Engineering and Design Pat worked in the helicopter industry specialising in technologies to increase helicopter combat survivability, initially with Westland Helicopters in Yeovil followed by four years at Atlas Aviation in Johannesburg. This was followed by four years in the motorsport industry before joining the UK MOD at Farnborough in 1994.

    Pat continued to work in Defence Research for the next 17 years before, in 2011, joining the Helicopters Operating Centre providing Science & Technology advice to the 2* director. He was recognised as a DE&S Senior Fellow in 2019 and recently was elected Vice Chair of NATO’s Joint Capability Group Vertical Lift.
     

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    Leonardo is a leading manufacturer of multipurpose helicopters ranging from the 1.8 ton single-engine to the 16 ton three-engine. Outstanding mission flexibility to conduct Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Search and Rescue (SAR), Anti Submarine warfare (ASW) and Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW), and the best available mission training and support facilities, sets the Leonardo helicopters a step ahead. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.

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    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.

    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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