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Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling

SMi Group's Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference convenes in Florence on 29th-30th November 2016 and will be followed by a site visit to the Pisa Air Force base, which will be hosted by the Italian Air Force. This year's Military Airlift conference will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlift in Europe. There will be critical updates from the UK Ministry of Defence, the EATC Commander Major General Badia, an opening address from the Italian Air Force as well as discussions on enhancing regional interoperability and how emerging technology will impact next-generation airlift capabilities.

As well as a wide range of presentations and panel discussion, Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling is the primary event for networking. Along with the networking breaks during the day, there will be two evening networking receptions hosted by Boeing on day 1 and Airbus Defence and Space on day 2. There will be over 100 attendees at Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2016 with a strong representation from European militaries as well as the aircraft manufacturers, aerial refuelling technology, air charter services and equipment manufacturers.


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
9:10
Present and Future of Italian Airlift System
Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
9:50
Supporting Airlift … Anytime, Anywhere and Air Refuelling - 21st Century Capability and Support
Pam Valdez, Director, Derivative Fleet Support and Sustainment, Global Services and Support, Boeing
9:50
Supporting Airlift … Anytime, Anywhere and Air Refuelling - 21st Century Capability and Support
James Eisenhart, Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
How The UK’s Air Transport Fleet Is Optimised To Maximise Air Mobility Capability
Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff, Air Mobility Command, RAF Brize Norton
11:40
Airbus Defence and Space Developing Military Capabilities
Didier Vernet, Military Affairs, Airbus Military
12:20
Role of DSCOM in Satisfying UK’s Critical Strategic Lift Requirements
Group Captain Andrew Killey, Assistant Head Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements DSCOM Defence Movements Team Leader, UK MOD
13:00
Networking Lunch
14:00
Antonov Transport Aircraft - New Capabilities in Tactical and Strategical Airlift
Oleksandr Kiva, Marketing and Sales Director, ANTONOV Company
14:40
Air Transportation & Air-to-Air Refuelling Solutions Available From Civil Operators
Paulo Mirpuri, President, Skytech
15:20
The Strategic Airlift Capability Program – A Groundbreaking Model For Cooperation
Colonel Bjørn Gohn-Hellum, Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
15:20
The Strategic Airlift Capability Program – A Groundbreaking Model For Cooperation
Wiek Noldus, Programme Manager, Airlift Management Programme, NSPA
16:00
Afternoon Tea
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancements in Technology to Transform Next-Generation Airlift Capabilities
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancements in Technology to Transform Next-Generation Airlift Capabilities
James Eisenhart, Director, Sales and Marketing, C2ISR And Mobility Platforms, Boeing
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancements in Technology to Transform Next-Generation Airlift Capabilities
Didier Vernet, Military Affairs, Airbus Military
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancements in Technology to Transform Next-Generation Airlift Capabilities
Oleksandr Kiva, Marketing and Sales Director, ANTONOV Company
17:10
How USTRANSCOM's Capabilities Advance US and Partner Nation Interest
Colonel Jeff Menasco, USTRANSCOM Liaison to U.S EUCOM, U.S AFRICOM and NATO, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
17:50
Airlift Challenges in Africa
Colonel Daniel Lemon, Division Chief, Logistics Operations, US AFRICOM
18:30
How The Royal Norwegian Air Force Are Maintaining Their Fleet and Personnel To Satisfy Key Strategic and Tactical Airlift Requirements
Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander, Gardemoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
19:10
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
19:20
Networking Reception Hosted By Boeing
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
9:10
Enhancing The EATC’s Fleet And Capabilities For Europe
Major General Christian Badia, Commander , European Air Transport Command
9:50
How the U.S. Air Force is Satisfying AAR Requirements Across Europe
Colonel Thomas Torkelson, Commander of 100 AAR Wing, US Air Force Europe
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
Update On The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme
Colonel Johan van Soest, A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Programme Steering Group Chairman, Royal Netherlands Air Force
11:40
An Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Update From The European Defence Agency
Michele Rega, Fixed Wing Officer, EDA
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager airlift and AAR, European Defence Agency
13:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe
Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA -NATO
13:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe
Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
13:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe
Major General Christian Badia, Commander , European Air Transport Command
13:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Air-Air-Refuelling (AAR) Gap In Europe
Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, MCCE
14:00
Leveraging Commercial Airlift to Meet Military Logistical Requirements
Colon Miller, Director Government & Defense Programs, Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo
14:40
Readiness and Responsiveness – NATO requirement for Strategic Lift
Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
15:20
Satisfying Strategic Airlift Requirements in NATO
Kenneth Carhart, Consultant, NSPA -NATO
16:00
Afternoon Tea
16:30
Movement and AAR Coordination For Next-Generation Challenges
Colonel Franck Verdierre, Director, MCCE
17:10
Force Deployment – Requirement for EU Common Security and Defence Policy Operations and Missions.
Colonel Eric Renaut, Chief Resources Support Branch, EU Military Staff
17:50
Effective Civil-Military Cooperation and Optimisation of Military Assets for Disaster Response
Eric Perdison, WFP Aviation Services, World Food Programme
18:30
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two
18:40
Networking Reception Hosted By Airbus Defence and Space

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