SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the return of the 24th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on the 29th and 30th November 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Building on our acclaimed 2022 edition conference remains the preeminent forum for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing critical perspectives from heavy and tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR industries.


In light of the growing operational demand as a result of the War in Ukraine there has never been a more important time to view how the critical force multiplier of Military Airlift is employed, at the industrial, national and international levels.


Covering key mission areas such as resource pooling and sharing, humanitarian support, Air-to-Air Refuelling technical updates and news from multi-national and national procurement efforts – this comprehensive conference remains an essential calendar date for those in the airlift and AAR community.



  • Listen to briefings from key allied partners across the strategic and tactical airlift sectors and develop an understanding of programme developments and future requirements
  • Refined focus on the air-to-air refuelling market and how this critical enabler provides mission support
  • Industry presentations from key commercial partners across the domain
  • Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability


37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein AB; 618th Air Operations Center (AOC); 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force; AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center); AEG Fuels; AFLCMC/WKDI KC-135 FMS, US Air Force; AFLCMC/WLTNI; Airbus Defence and Space; Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre; Army CAP; Associated Energy Group LLC; Austrian Armed Forces; Avidonn Consulting; Boeing; Department of National Defence; DSCOM; Embraer; EMBRAER S.A; GB Consulting AS; Heavy Airlift Wing; Honeywell Aerospace; Honeywell S.r.l; ITA Air Force; ITAF - 14th Wing; Italian Air Force; Italian Airforce - 46 Air Brigade; JAPCC; Jetex; Joint Air Power Competence Centre; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A; Leonardo S.p.A.; Lockheed Martin; Marshall Aerospace; Meta Aerospace Capital; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia; Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE); NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine; NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); New Zealand Defence Staff - London; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; Port City Air; Portuguese Air Force; RAF; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Shephard Media; Spanish Air Movility Command; Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell; Thales AVS France; TLD; United States Air Force; USAF; ViaSat;

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Airbus Defence and Space is a global leader for aerospace, defence and security solutions and a reliable partner to commercial and governmental customers worldwide. It is one of the two divisions of Airbus.

More than 33,000 employees from over 80 different nationalities generate revenues of around €11 billion in 4 programme lines: Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Connected Intelligence. Airbus Defence and Space contributes to ensuring future European autonomy and sovereignty in defence and security as leading industrial partner in Europe’s most ambitious development programme Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

Military Aircraft pioneers the full range of integrated air power solutions. Together, the A400M, C295, A330 MRTT and Eurofighter Typhoon make up a world-class product range operated by customers worldwide. By leveraging Airbus’ best-in-class design, development, production, integration and service capabilities, customers benefit from end-to-end lifecycle solutions supporting sovereign, mission-ready air power solutions.

Space Systems develops and operates major civil and defence space systems and delivers powerful insights through space-based services. Its satellite system solutions for telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation and science include spacecraft, ground segments and payloads. As the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration, its key systems include the Ariane launchers in a joint venture with Safran.

Unmanned Aerial Systems drives the future of unmanned flight by delivering innovative solutions and leveraging eco-systems and partnerships. Airbus is prime contractor for the remotely piloted aircraft Eurodrone and the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Zephyr. The portfolio comprises drone services, such as operational services, flight operations and approvals, consulting, training and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services.

Connected Intelligence provides solutions for situational awareness and secure communications services worldwide. The business offers imagery, industry-specific applications to transform data into actions and is a trusted partner for protection from cyber threats.

Lockheed Martin

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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An award-winning global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional private terminals (FBOs), aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to both owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out more about Jetex, visit www.jetex.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn


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Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security

The company plays a prominent role in major international strategic programmes and is a trusted technological partner of governments, defence agencies, institutions and enterprises. Innovation, continuous research, digital manufacturing and sustainability are the cornerstones of Leonardo’s business worldwide.

port city air

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Port City Air is located at the Portsmouth International Airport KPSM along the beautiful New Hampshire coastline. Over the past 20-years Port City Air has developed a quiet reputation for exceeding expectations. Growing its wide and robust variety of ground support equipment, and 200,000-gallon (90,9218 liters) fuel capacity, refueling fleet as well as investment in employee training and retention that’s resulted in unmatched experience, unrivaled capabilities and extremely high service levels.

Based at a FAA Part 139 Airport with nonstop airport operations and a 11,321’ X 150’ (3450.6 x 45.7-meter) runway and unlimited weight bearing capacity for all GA, commercial, cargo and military aircraft. Also having continuous ATC and ARFF/CFR and 24/7 U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Port City Air also has high-capacity passenger clearance in our newly renovated passenger terminal with two jet bridge operations. We have a full-service cargo operation available to support any operational needs. With Forklifts up to 30K pounds, a Commander 30i Main Deck Loader and a Lantis Belly Loader we can support any aircraft anytime.

Experienced airport winter operations team supported by large fleet of modern GPS tracked snow removal equipment that can clear all 11,321' of runway and main taxiways in under 20 minutes.

More than just an FBO, Port City Air has an extensive fleet of ground handling vehicles. Including Four De-Ice trucks Type I & IV with reach to tail of B74 and 10 Jet A fuel trucks. With multiple fuel farms and top-of the-line, reliable ground support giving us built in redundancy ensuring we always have what is needed when its needed. Add to this, a dedicated core of highly trained line service technicians and exceptionally attentive customer service teams we are Ready, Willing and Able to support any flight operation 24/7/365.

Welcome to Port City Air, expect the unexpected!


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


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.


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.

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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, SAE Media 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.


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.

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