From tasking to re-tasking, mission planning is the core competence that underpins air operations for our flight crews and airmen. Advances in technology have increased capability and safety in the air whilst the evolution to dynamic mission planning has been supported by the modern tools at our disposal over the last two decades.

In the 21st Century, mission planning equipment must now work in partnership with the rest of an aircraft’s avionics suite to establish air superiority. Defence against cruise missiles, managing Beyond Visual Range and Within Visual Range engagements and the ability of UAVs to cooperate with manned platforms in theatre all hinge on air mission planning capability as an essential part of the overall system.




SAE Media Group’s Air Mission Planning 2012 recognises these doctrinal facts and responds by providing the forum within which both commercial and military stakeholders can remain up-to-date with the advances that are improving safety and effect in the skies.

Topics that will be addressed at the event include: Rotary-wing ops and sharing airspace with fixed-wing assets; A400M MPS Requirements; The Challenges of Mission Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Regional Perspective; Future Mission Planning Systems ; Interoperability and Standardisation in NATO.



  • DISCUSS interoperability, data exchange and cross-domain solutions for the modern mission planner
  • ASSESS the experiences of mission planners from the civil sector – what can military aviation planners learn?
  • ANALYSE the latest mission planning solutions and technology on offer  
  • NETWORK with a senior line up of military speakers from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France and across the NATO Alliance 


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (R) George Harrison

Major General (R) George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

9:10 Dynamic Airborne Mission Management

Rob McKee

Rob McKee, Operations Consultant, Thales

  • The limitation of current mission planning procedures
  • The challenges of re-planning whilst airborne
  • Airspace management issues
  • The mission plan of the future - some thoughts
  • 9:50 A400M MPS Requirements

    Squadron Leader Darryn Rawlins

    Squadron Leader Darryn Rawlins, A400M UK Requirements Manager, Ministry of Defence

  • A400M Mission Planning Overview
  • Mission Planning in the Operational Environment
  • Capability Development of the A400M MPS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Assessment of Guided Weapon Effects Activities and Possibilities at FOI Sweden

    Lieutenant Commander Per Brämming

    Lieutenant Commander Per Brämming, Senior Research Officer, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

    11:40 Shared Web-Based Planning: Deconfliction vs Integration

    Dave Rawlinson

    Dave Rawlinson, Software Applications, Defence Information Training & Services

  • Introducing a shared web based planner/deconfliction tool for Joint Helicopter Command
  • Reducing risk of air-to-air collision- particularly at night
  • The potential benefits for civilian aviation
  • The ‘problem’ and ‘subsequent solution’ (shared synchronised web based mission planning)
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Airborne Surveillance and Sensor Management

    Phil Goy

    Phil Goy, Technical Manager Airborne Research and Survey Facility, Natural Environment Research Council

  • Planning projects in diverse areas, such as Greenland and Ethiopia
  • The provision of high quality scientific data
  • The use of Lidar and Hyperspectral sensors  
  • 14:10 Aviation Mission Planning on Operations

    Colonel Richard Leakey

    Colonel Richard Leakey , Station Commander Aldergrove, Joint Helicopter Command

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Completing the Circle: Assessing the Outcome

    George Onslow

    George Onslow, Scientific Advisor, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Assessment at the Tactical Level – Bomb Damage Assessment
  • Assessment at the Tactical/Operational level
  • The Timeliness of Assessment
  • Component versus Joint
  • Assessment within the UK JFACHQ
  • The Challenge (and Benefits) of Modern Weapons
  • Assessment and the Comprehensive Approach
  • The Future of Assessment – Information Ops, Cyber Warfare etc
  • 15:50 The Challenges of Mission Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Regional Perspective

    Bernard Odendaal

    Bernard Odendaal, CEO, The Fact Foundry

  • The Operational Environment- Geographic challenges and the characteristics of belligerents
  • The Equipment Challenge
  • The Personnel Challenge
  • Interoperability Challenges
  • The future
  • 16:30 Drinks Reception Sponsored by Thales

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (R) George Harrison

    Major General (R) George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    9:10 Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector: Different but Similar Air Operations

    Dr. Steve Wright

    Dr. Steve Wright, Professor, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

  • Compare and contrast- what was different in the two operations?
  • What are the important issues that will help the tactical level C2 and strategic processes?
  • What will help future operational and strategic strategists and planners to understand the disparity across tactical-operational-strategic levels?
  • 9:50 The European Air Group DMAW and Air Mission Planning

    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Torres

    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Torres, Air Ops Flying Area Director, European Air Group

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Onboard Airborne Planning Tools used in Afghanistan by Apache and Tornado Crews: Has the Tablet Revolution Come of Age?

    Jake Romanowski

    Jake Romanowski, Aircrew / Software Developer, Inzpire

  • The Afghanistan Airborne Mission Planning Challenge
  • Providing a Flexible Solution for Afghanistan and Libya
  • Trends in Modern Airborne Mission Planning
  • Adapting Airborne Planning for Dynamic Requirements
  • 11:40 PANEL SESSION: Ensuring Cost-Effective Integration for Mission Planning Systems and Software

    Maintenance and upgrades throughout a mission planning system life cycle can be expensive. How can we achieve high levels of interoperability, user-friendliness and longevity? This session will allow the audience and participants to explore case studies, technologies and best practice.

    Rob McKee

    Rob McKee, Operations Consultant, Thales

    Lieutenant Commander Per Brämming

    Lieutenant Commander Per Brämming, Senior Research Officer, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

    Major General (R) George Harrison

    Major General (R) George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    Jake Romanowski

    Jake Romanowski, Aircrew / Software Developer, Inzpire

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Interoperability and Standardisation in the NSA

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • The NATO Standardisation Agency Remit
  • Today’s Interests and Challenges
  • The new NATO Defence Planning Process
  • How Standardisation supports new NATO capabilities
  • 14:00 Multinational Movement Planning Challenge and Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Gentet

    Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Gentet, Chief of Operations, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

  • Requirements – Difficulties
  • Initiatives – tools – Enablers
  • Way ahead – developments
  • 14:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Conference


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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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