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SMi’ Group’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2022 conference is returning for its seventh successful year on the 18th - 19th May 2022 as a live and in person event in Budapest. 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.

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.


This conference represents a unique opportunity to explore new technologies and programmes from industry and exhibitors at the only regionally dedicated military helicopter conference in 2022

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2022 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
  • Informal networking time so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional helicopter programmes today
  • The opportunity to hear from and meet key industry experts as well as influential military representatives



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

Aeromedia A S; AgustaWestland; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH; Army Air Corps; Babcock International; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Breeze-Eastern ; British Embassy; Commando Helicopter Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; DE&S; DSTL; FN Herstal; French Air Force; French Embassy; Honeywell; Joint Helicopter Command; Kongsberg; Leonardo; Letectví a kosmonautika; Lidové Noviny; MBDA; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic; Mladá Fronta a.s. ; National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research; NAVAIR; Naval Air Systems Command; Patria Aviation Oy; Polish Armed Forces; S3, Inc.; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovakian Air Force; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Smith E; U S Army Aviation Center; United States Marine Corps; US Embassy Prague; Vector Aerospace International Ltd; Zespól Badan i Analiz Militarnych Sp. z o.o.; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;


Air Flotilla General Valerica  Vrajescu

Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

Deputy Commander, Romanian Armed Forces
Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Croatian Air Force Commander, Croatian Air Force
Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

PEO Aviation, Us Army Peo Aviation
Brigadier General Ulrich-Werner Ott

Brigadier General Ulrich-Werner Ott

Commandant, International Helicopter Training Centre, Commander Germany Army Aviation, German Army Aviation
Colonel Martin Jandourek

Colonel Martin Jandourek

Commander 22nd Wing, Czech Air Force
Colonel Patrick MacNamara

Colonel Patrick MacNamara

Commander 12 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Wing Commander and Air Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
Lieutenant Colonel Marek Homola

Lieutenant Colonel Marek Homola

Deputy Commander Helicopter Wing, Slovak Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Michal Linhart

Lieutenant Colonel Michal Linhart

Chief Senior Officer of Helicopter and Transport A/C Section, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency
Viesturs Masulis

Viesturs Masulis

AF COM, Latvian Air Force

Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

Deputy Commander, Romanian Armed Forces
Air Flotilla General Valerica  Vrajescu

Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu is the Deputy Commander, Romanian Air Force HQ.

He has previously been the Deputy Commander of the Romanian Joint Forces Command.

He became an Air Force pilot in 1989, and in 2002 he graduated the High Military Studies Academy – the Interarms Faculty, in Bucharest, with a degree in Aviation and Air Defense.

Between 2005 and 2006 he was the commander of the Romanian helicopter detachment, during the ALTHEA mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2008 he specialized in the Air Forces Command, at the National Defense University and further studied¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ transformational leadership in coalition settings, at the Air War College, in the USA.
In 2015, he completed his PhD in Military Science and Information, emphasizing the importance of a quick response air force capability, given the array of present and future types of conflict.

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Base Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Jozsef Koller


Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Garrison Commander.


  • PhD in Military Science
  • Doctoral School of Military Sciences, National University of Public Service, Budapest
  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Armed Forces Legal Adviser
  • Faculty of the Law of International Humanitarian and Military Operations, Rome, Milan
  • Helicopter pilot, helicopter engineer
  • Kilián György Aviation Technical College, Szolnok/Frunze (former Soviet Union



(HDF Air Mentor Team) Kabul, Afghanistan, 2012
Contingent Commander, Regional National Senior Officer.


Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

Croatian Air Force Commander, Croatian Air Force
Brigadier General Michael Krizanec
  • 1997-2003 Pilot, 28th Transport Helicopter Squadron
  • 1998-2000, 94th AFB Head S-3
  • 2003, Air Force G-3 Staff officer
  • 2004-2009, Multirole Helicopter Squadron Deputy CO
  • 2009-2013, Multirole Helicopter Squadron CO
  • 2013- 2014 General Staff J-3 Joint doctrine
  • development staff officer
  • 2014- 2016 Executive officer to Chief of the General
  • Staff of Croatian Armed Forces
  • 2016-2017 91. AFB Commander
  • 2018 – 2019, CoS and Deputy CO, AF HQ
  • 2019 – Commander AF


Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

PEO Aviation, Us Army Peo Aviation
Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie Jr

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie, Jr. graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1990 where he was commissioned as an aviation officer. He holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is a graduate of the Air War College and the Command and General Staff College. Within Program Executive Office Aviation, he served as Assistant Product Manager for the UH-60M; Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters; Executive Officer; Military Deputy and Deputy PEO. He served as the Chief of Staff for the Assistance Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Barrie has received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge and is rated in the Chinook, Black Hawk and Huey helicopters.

Brigadier General Ulrich-Werner Ott

Commandant, International Helicopter Training Centre, Commander Germany Army Aviation, German Army Aviation
Brigadier General Ulrich-Werner Ott
  • 1983 to 1984 Entry into Bundeswehr service at the Army Aviation School (AAvnSch) in Bückeburg, undergoing, among other things, screening as a military pilot on Alouette II.
  • 1984 to 1987 Academic studies of Pedagogics at the Bundeswehr University Munich.
  • 1988 Class officer in 1 Student Company at the AAvnSch in Bückeburg.
  • 1988 to 1989 Training in 4 Student Company and 1 Student Company, AAvnSch Bückeburg, Preflight training and basic helicopter pilot training on Alouette II, Type rating training on antitank helicopter Bo 105.
  • 1990 to 1991 Pilot for 1 Sqn/ 361 Battalion (“FlgAbt 361“) in Fritzlar.
  • 1991 S1 Officer (Staff Division 1, Personnel Affairs) and HQ platoon leader in 361 Flying Group, Fritzlar.
  • 1992 to 1994 S3 Officer (Staff Division 3, Training and Exercise) in Army Aviation.
  • Regiment 36 in Fritzlar.
  • 1994 to 1996 HQ/ATSS squadron commander in 361 Flying Group, Fritzlar.
  • 1996 to 1998 Participation in the 39th General Staff Officer Course at the Bw Command and Staff College in Hamburg.
  • 1998 to 2001 G3 Staff Officer (General Staff Division 3, Training and Exercise) at Eurocorps in Strasbourg (France).
  • June 1999 to December 1999- Chief Production Basic CJ 2 (collection/documentation of MIL INTEL) in NATO HQ during Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • March 2000 to October 2000 - Intermittent employment during Kosovo Force (KFOR) as part of the Eurocorps mission Lead HQ Pristina in Kosovo.
  • 2001 to 2003 Commander of 361 Flying Group in Fritzlar.
  • 2003 to 2006 Assistant Chief of the Fü H III 1 Branch in the Army Staff of the Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) in Bonn.
  • 2006 to 2009 Chief of the Training and Exercises Doctrine Section, G3 Directorate, in the Army Forces Command (GARFCOM) in Koblenz.
  • 2009 to 2010 Senior Officer with the Director of Armed Forces Staff in the Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) in Bonn.
  • 2010 to 2013 Commander of Attack Helicopter Regiment 36 in Fritzlar.
  • October 2012 to April 2013 Commander of the German Air Wing in the Regional Command North (RC North) of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.
  • 2013 to 2015 Director of the Flight Operations Section in the Rapid Response Forces Division (RRFD) in Stadtallendorf.
  • 2015 to 2018 Policy/Basic Principles of Army Flight Operations Branch Chief in the Army Flight Operations Section at the RRFD in Stadtallendorf.
  • 2018 to 2020 Commandant of the International Helicopter Training Centre and Director of Army Aviation in Bückeburg.
  • 2020 Commander of Army Helicopter Command and Director of Army Aviation in Bückeburg.
  • As of 25 Mar 2021 Commander of Army Helicopter Command, Director of Army Aviation, and Director of Army Flight Operations in Bückeburg.

Colonel Karel Valvoda

Director, Czech Armed Forces
Colonel Karel Valvoda

<p>Colonel Valvoda took over MATC leadership in November 2018. His background is military pilot flying both Mi-17/171 and Mi-24/35 helicopters. After joining the Czech Air Force in 1989, he was working on various positions from Helicopter Regiment up to Air Force Command. His last assignment prior MATC was Chief Flight Safety at CZE AF HQ. He was involved in several NATO operations, last time in Resolute Support Mission as Commannder 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron tasked to train Afghan helicopter pilots. His military career includes two assignments in NATO Military Structures, last time as member of Czech Military Delegation to NATO HQ Brussels.</p>

Colonel Martin Jandourek

Commander 22nd Wing, Czech Air Force
Colonel Martin Jandourek

Col Martin Jandourek has joined The Czech Armed Forces in 1994 just after the split of Czech republic and Slovakia. After graduation from the Military Academy Brno in 1998 he was assigned at the 33rd Helicopter AFB Prerov and became an active transport helicopter pilot. During his career in Prerov he became an instructor pilot, evaluator, test pilot, Air Base combat training inspector and 232nd SQN Commander. In 2013 the Prerov AFB was canceled and 22nd Helicopter AFB has been established at Námešt nad Oslavou. There he has held the post of the 221st “Tiger” SQN Commander, Deputy Air Wing Commander and Wing Commander.

During his career, he has been deployed in Bosnia and Hercegovina and Afghanistan as an active pilot.

His current assignment is the 22nd Helicopter Wing Commander.
Col Jandourek is a helicopter pilot with 4,000 flying hour experience.

Colonel Patrick MacNamara

Commander 12 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
Colonel Patrick MacNamara

Colonel MacNamara, an Air Combat Systems Officer, has been employed in a variety of tactical and command positions throughout the RCAF Maritime Helicopter Community. These posts included Air Detachment Commander aboard a number of RCN ships equipped with the CH-124 Sea King in both Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Helicopter Test and Evaluation Facility as the lead for Operational Test and Evaluation for the CH-148 Cyclone, as well as the Commanding Officer of 443(MH) Squadron. His other experience includes serving as the NATO operational level J5 Air in SACEUR’s Northern AOR. Following an assignment to the Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Joint Staff, Colonel MacNamara was appointed 12 Wing Commander in 2021.

Colonel Wolfgang Luttenberger

Deputy Director & Head Airspace Surveillance, Air Defence and Supporting Air Operations, Ministry of Defence, Austria
Colonel Wolfgang Luttenberger

<p>Key positions during military career: Helicopter pilot since 1987, instructor pilot since 1990, different staff positions in 1st Helicopter Wing, G2/Air Division (1997), G4/Air Division 1997 till 2000, National Contingent Commander AUCON/KFOR in Kosovo (1999), Chief of planning division/Austrian International Peace Support Command (2000), MOD Air Staff (2001), Head of operations/plans/training division/Austrian Air Force 2002 till 2006, Commander 3rd Engineer Battalion 2009 till 2010, several times Commander Austrian Helicopter and Aviation Detachment EUFOR/ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Commander Air Support Brigade (2019), Chief Plans and Training Division and Deputy Chief of Expert Staff Air (2020).</p> <p>Present position: Deputy Director Military Aviation Division/Ministry of Defence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Ireneusz STECIUK

Flight safety officer, 44th NAVAL AIR BASE
Ireneusz STECIUK


EC 725 pilot and CSAR Mission Commander, French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys

Commander Maintenance Depot, Lithuanian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys
  • 2002 07 22 - 2002 09 29 LF Great Lithuanian Hetman J. Radvila Training Regiment, shooter
  • 2002 09 30 - 2003 02 03 General Jonas Zemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy commanders course, soldier
  • 2003 06 26 - 2004 09 30 Air Force I Aviation Base technical group, aircraft maintenance and periodic work, the head of radio-electronic equipment repair and periodic maintenance section
  • 2004 10 01 - 2007 10 27 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot, avionics repair works and periodic maintenance department, the chief of radio-electronic equipment section
  • 2009 05 04 - 2009 07 31 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot public relations officer
  • 2009 08 01 - 2012 09 30 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot, Quality Control Department, engineer of radio-electronic equipment
  • 2012 10 01 - 2014 10 26 LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot Technic repair and maintenance squadron commander
  • 2014 10 27 - 2018 09 17 Deputy Commander of LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot
  • 2018 09 17 - 2019 08 12 LAF Engineering service, senior engineer for radio communication and navigation
  • 2020 07 10 Commander of LAF Armament and Equipment Repair Depot

Lieutenant Colonel Cedric Loubet

Helicopter Wing Commander, French Air and Space Force
Lieutenant Colonel Cedric Loubet

2008 - 2015 Helicopter pilot (Air Policing and SAR missions) and helicopter instructor on AS555 Fennec

2015 - 2018 Staff Officer in charge of Personnel Recovery at the NATO/DACCC, Poggio-Renatico (ITA)

2018 - 2021 Head of the helicopter crew training center

2021- Commanding the 65th Helicopter Wing


  • Gabon 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Central African Republic, « Opération Sangaris » 2014, 2015
  • Germany, Trident Juncture, 2015,2016,2017
  • Germany, APROC, 2016
  • Italy, APROC, 2017
  • Netherlands, APROC, 2018
  • Central African Republic, MINUSCA 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Wing Commander and Air Force Commander, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
Lieutenant Colonel Janez Gaube

Current assignment:

2019 – ...
Commander, 15th Wing, SAF

Previous assignments:

2015 – 2019 Commander, 152nd Fixed Wing Squadron

2013 – 2015 Senior Flight Safety Officer, 15th Wing

2005 – 2013 Deputy Commander, Flight School SAF

1999 – 2005 Commander, 1st Combat Flight Squadron

1994 – 1999 Flight instructor (Pilatus PC-9 and PC-6; Zlin 242 and 143),
Deputy Commander of the unit


2007 – 2008 Deputy Air Ops Commander -EUFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Lieutenant Colonel Marek Homola

Deputy Commander Helicopter Wing, Slovak Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Marek Homola

LTC Marek Homola, Deputy Commander, Helicopter Wing Prešov, Slovakia.
Commissioned in 1996 and graduated of Air Force Academy, Košice, Slovakia in 2001 as a helicopter pilot.

He has flown the MI-2, Mi-17 and currently is an active instructor pilot with over 2700 hours in the UH-60M. During his career he was deployed three times with Slovak helicopter unit as a pilot in command in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to his current assignment, he was the commander of the 1st Helicopter squadron, Helicopter Wing Prešov.

Lieutenant Colonel Michal Linhart

Chief Senior Officer of Helicopter and Transport A/C Section, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
Lieutenant Colonel Michal Linhart

• Flight Engeneer (Mi-24/35), Mi-17, Mi-171
• 3500 FH
• 1990 - 1992 51st Helicopter Regiment - Prostejov
• 1992 - 2013 23rd Helicopter Air Force Base - Prerov
• 2013 - 2016 CZE Air Force Command
• 2016 - 2019 Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples)
• 2019 - CZE MoD Force Development Division - Praha

• 2007 - KFOR Kosovo
• 2010 - ISAF Afghanistan

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army
Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter Rugen was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and was
commissioned through the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1989.
His first assignment was as an aviation platoon leader, Camp Page, Republic of Korea.

In 1992, he was assigned to 9-101st Aviation Battalion (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, where he served in a variety of positions and commanded B/9-101st. MG
Rugen was then assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
(Airborne), where he served as an MH-60K platoon leader and company operations
officer in D/1-160 SOAR (A). From 2000-2002, he commanded D/160th SOAR (A) at
Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico and flew extensively in Central/South
America and the Caribbean. In 2003, he transitioned to become the battalion
operations officer for 3rd Battalion 160th SOAR (A) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia,
where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2005 he was assigned as a strategic plans officer in the J5 at the United States
Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 2007, MG Rugen
commanded 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment and again
deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2009-2011, MG Rugen was assigned to
the Army Staff in the aviation directorate at the Pentagon, where worked on multiple
strategic issues affecting Army Aviation. In 2011, he was designated an Army Fellow
and served at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
From 2012-2014, he commanded the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in the Republic of
Korea. He then transitioned back to the Pentagon where he became the Chief Army
Aviation Force Development Division in the Army G8 from 2014- 2016. From 2016-
2017, he served as the Director of Materiel in HQDA G8 before serving as the 7th
Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General - Support at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
Washington from 2017-2018.

Currently, MG Rugen is the Director of U.S. Army Futures
Command’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Mr. Cyril Heckel

Acquisition & Development Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
Mr. Cyril Heckel

<p>Cyril Heckel is currently Acquisition and Development Officer at NSPA leading the integration activities (for Concept Stage) of the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability project on behalf of the Participating Nations. He has been working within international defense programme environment for the last 15 years, operating 7 years at OCCAR and the last 3 years at NSPA. He concluded his 23-year Naval officer career in 2018 where he served on several operational units between 1997 and 2002 before directing his career towards Naval Programme Management. He was graduated from the engineering school SUPELEC (2002-2004) and more recently from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program (2016-2018).</p> <p>He has extensive experience in leading high-level performance teams for defense armament Programmes and he strongly supports dedication to customers&rsquo; satisfaction by establishing a solid acquisition framework, by developing relevant requirements and by securing needed funding.</p>

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma

Mr. Giorgio Gomma is a retired Italian Navy Vice Admiral. He attended the Naval Academy in Livorno where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Maritime and Naval Sciences.

He awarded his Naval Aviator wings in the USA in 1985 and spent most of his career serving in the Italian Naval Aviation. His tours of duty also include appointments in the United Nations HQ, at the Peace-Keeping Department, and in the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk, USA), as Italian National Liaison Representative.

More recently, RADM Giorgio Gomma took the command of the Italian Fleet Air Arm and Director of the Naval Aviation Department (2013-2017), and of the Joint Deployable Command at the Italian Joint Operations HQ (2018-2020).

Since April 1 2020, he is the General Manager of the NATO Agency responsible for the Design, Development, Production and in Service Support of helicopter NH-90 (NAHEMA).

Mr. Joachim Sucker

Chief of Division, German Federal Ministry of Defence
Mr. Joachim  Sucker

Joachim Sucker has held various positions as chief of division at the Federal Ministry of
Defence (FMoD) since 2014. He is currently responsible for the technical supervision of all
armaments projects in the air domain. This is the interface of development, procurement,
and in-service support for military equipment in the air and space domains. The projects
cover the entire spectrum of assets, from minor items of equipment (such as the LUNA
UAV) to simulators for training (e.g. for the NH90) and complex weapon systems like the
EUROFIGHTER combat aircraft.

Joachim Sucker has extensive experience serving in the Bundeswehr, the Federal Defence
Administration, and at the Federal Ministry of Defence

Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency
Mr. Jose Pablo Romera Martin

José Pablo Romera began his career in 1998 graduating from the Spanish Army Academy as a military field Engineer. He finalised his Army helicopter pilot course in 2000 and he was posted during 5 years to the 3rd Manoeuvre Helicopter Battalion, deploying to Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan in the years 2000 and 2002.

Between the years 2005 and 2010, he was employed by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), located in Bonn (Germany) to work as technical manager of the French/Spanish Tiger HAD helicopter, responsible for all the technical activities related to its development.
He returned to the organization during the period 2013 to 2017 as HAD Type Manager, with overall responsibility for the through life management of the Tiger HAD programme, in charge for the qualification of the Tiger HAD helicopter and the delivery of more than 30 helicopters to the French and Spanish Armed Forces.

From the year 2017, he has been working at the European Defence Agency (EDA) as Project Officer Rotary Wing, managing EDA helicopter programmes and new initiatives.
He graduated from the Spanish Defence College and he is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

Mr. Patrick Collins

Technology Team Leader,, Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD
Mr. Patrick 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.

Stypulkowski Sebastian

Secend-in-command in the Squadron , 44th NAVAL AIR BASE
Stypulkowski Sebastian

Viesturs Masulis

AF COM, Latvian Air Force
Viesturs Masulis

Military Career:
22JAN2020- Air Force Commander
01AUG2019- Air Force Chief of Staff
31 JUL 2013- Commander of Air Force Air Surveillance Squadron
04 AUG 2010- Air Force Aviation Base, Commander of Operational and Planning department
20 AUG 2007- Staff Officer in NATO headquarters
18 OCT 2000- Commander of Military Operations Department in Air Defence Division
13 APR 2000- Military Planning Officer in Air Defence Division
15 MAR 1999- Surveillance Radars Main specialist in Air Force Radio Engineering Battalion
22 DEC 1995- First Course Cadet in National Defence Academy of Latvia


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