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The SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the 3rd annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference taking place on the 20th- 21st April 2022.

As the only online event specifically focused on defence safety for the military aviation community, Defence Aviation Safety offers a unique opportunity for leaders and experts to meet and share best practice that will save lives and protect capability.

Keeping aircraft airworthy and creating a safety culture across military aviation has never been more important as many defence forces continue to extend the lifecycle of their platforms and systems. Likewise, the growing need for more effective certification processes when onboarding new platforms into service, and maintaining these to the required flying standard, is key to all nations that want to remain prepared for high tempo operations.

While the primary focus of this event will be on safety in defence aviation, it will also be of interest to those involved in the acquisition and safe operation of unmanned systems and to those concerned with the certification of all equipment types.

The Defence Aviation Safety 2022 will bring together leaders from around the world to focus on strategies to enhance the protection of lives and capability for aviators and ground crew operating in todays battle environment.

SAE Media Group are globally recognised by the Military Aviation Community as experts and leaders in Defence Safety and therefore we welcome the opportunity to strengthen this network and knowledge.

 

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

Wing Commander Stuart Oliver, Deputy Inspector of Flight Safety, Royal Air Force

9:10 Aviation Safety Priorities Across DE&S

Vice Admiral Rick Thompson

Vice Admiral Rick Thompson, Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD
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• Evaluating the current safety focus of UK Air Programmes
• Developing a safety-first culture across DE&S
• Managing risk whilst delivering maximum operational capability
• Working with industry to ensure risk analytics and safety reporting
• Engineering and maintenance safety focus
 

9:50 Reducing Risk To Naval Aviation Platforms: Maximising Operational Capability Whilst Improving Safety

Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman, Commander, US Naval Safety Command

• Navy aviation safety challenges and opportunities
• Managing manned and unmanned safety
• Reducing risk through data and analytics
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 PROTECTING MILITARY ASSETS AND CRITICAL OPERATIONS

Mr Siete Hamminga

Mr Siete Hamminga, CEO, Robin Radar Systems BV
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  •  Why specialized radars to detect birds & drones are becoming the new safety standard in defence aviation. 
  • The issue around birds and drones in aviation
  • Tech update on status and challenges of current technologies
  • 11:40 Robin Radar Handover Ceremony

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    Mr Siete Hamminga

    Mr Siete Hamminga, CEO, Robin Radar Systems BV
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    11:45 Delivering Safety Culture and Leadership Across the Swedish Air Force

    Brigadier General Anders Persson

    Brigadier General Anders Persson, Deputy Commander , Swedish Air Force

    • Measuring safety across air platforms and systems
    • Getting safety culture right
    • Empowering leaders to drive safety
     

    12:25 No.1 Group: Leading Safety Across RAF Frontline Operations

    Group Captain Christopher Melville

    Group Captain Christopher Melville, Delivery Duty Holder for the ISTAR Force and Aircraft , Royal Air Force

    • Maximising air operations for the UK across a variety of platforms and systems
    • Maintaining safety standards globally
    • Leadership and accountability through simplification
    • Current challenges and opportunities for improving safety performance
     

    13:05 Networking Lunch

    14:05 No. 22 Group: Installing a Safety-First Culture Across the RAF

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, AOC 22 Gp, Royal Air Force
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    • Structure and responsibilities of No.22 Groups Safety priorities
    • Leading by example: why safety is everyone’s business
    • Training safety from entry level to advanced personnel
    • Feeding back lessons from the front line into future safety improvements and strategies
     

    14:45 Eliminating Fatalities Whilst Enhancing Capability

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    • Current Safety Centre Priorities and Focus
    • Improving Safety governance
    • Delivering total safety assurance
     

    15:25 Afternoon Tea

    15:55 Reducing Risk and Harm to US Air Force Personnel Though Force-Wide Safety Leadership

    Colonel Larry Nixon (Virtual)

    Colonel Larry Nixon (Virtual), Deputy Commander, US Air Force Safety Center

    • Evaluating safety incident data to identify risk to life
    • Promoting safety across the Air Force: why enterprise-wide leadership delivers success
    • Key focus and priorities for the Air Force Safety Center
     

    16:35 Empowering Marines to Operate Safely Across All Aviation Environments

    Colonel Mark Bortnem

    Colonel Mark Bortnem, Director, CMC Safety Division, USMC
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    • Creating a safety culture across the USMC
    • Managing near collisions for future safety training
    • The importance of risk assurance
    • Working with industry to ensure safety remains a key development feature across all platforms and systems
     

    17:15 Enhancing Equipment and, in Turn, Operating Safety

    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Colonel Paul Hughes, Chief Engineer, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Delivery Team, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

     

    • Protector RPAS platform certification
    • Sense and avoid
    • Clearance in unrestricted airspace

    17:55 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver, Deputy Inspector of Flight Safety, Royal Air Force

    19:00 Robin Radar Drinks Reception

    Robin Radar

    Robin Radar, Military & Naval Club In & Out, Astor Room

  • Transport to and from the venue in a classic English double-decker bus (first come, first served basis) 
  • Departure time Copthorne Tara (reception) at 18.30 hours 
  • Drinks and fingerfood at the club from 19.00 – 21.00
  • 8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver, Deputy Inspector of Flight Safety, Royal Air Force

    9:10 The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC): Improving Aviation Safety Across Complex Platforms and Systems

    Colonel Ronald Ells

    Colonel Ronald Ells, Deputy Commander , US Army Combat Readiness Center

    • Measuring safety and risk -improving safety through data and analytics
    • Key challenges to rotary safety; measuring risk to life
    • Current plans and strategies to enhance aviation safety across the US Army
     

    9:50 Defence Aviation Safety - Improving Safety Assurance

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual)

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual), Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Air Force
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    • Independent aviation safety assurance in Defence – why and how
    • Strengthening independent safety assurance across military aviation operations
    • Review and update of Military Aviation Operations Regulations
    • Advances in the Defence Aviation Safety Intelligence System

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Status Of The NATO Airworthiness Policy (NAWP) Implementation: Presentation of the NAWP

    Richard Duriez

    Richard Duriez, Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ
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    • Implementation of the NAWP
    • NATO Recognition Process (NRP) with Military and Civil Airworthiness Authorities
    • Status of NATO Recognitions
    • Waiver process for not-yet NATO Recognized Airworthiness Authorities
    • Emerging concerns
    • Conclusion
     

    11:40 Danish Aviation Safety: Ensuring Safety of New and Existing Air Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis, Chief Aviation Safety, Danish Air Force Command
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    • Priorities for the Aviation Safety Branch
    • Delivering force wide safety assurance
    • Integrating new aviation platforms into service: certification and airworthiness requirements
     

    12:20 Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg MAA project and the Defence Joint Bureau Air Safety, from registering a NATO fleet to national UAS, H145M and A400M oversight:

    Francois Mathieu

    Francois Mathieu, Air Capabilities Development/ Joint Bureau Air Safety, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence
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    • Luxembourg Armed Forces Air activities? : legacy and current
    • Challenges past and actual: seeding and implementing Air Safety culture and management
    • Working with military partners to deliver safe Air operations: A400M and STUAS
    • Creating a Military/state Aviation Authority and a Joint Bureau Air Safety
    • First achievements and work in progress

     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Royal Navy Update: How The Navy Are Maximising Safety Across Key Maritime Assets

    Captain Rich Harrison

    Captain Rich Harrison, Head, Aviation Operational Warfare, Royal Navy


    • Key projects and focus for keeping people and platforms safe
    • The rise of UMS and the need for greater regulation
    • Measuring near misses and using data for future safety deliver
     

    14:40 Panel Discussion: Safety Challenges Impacting Modern Aviation Operations

    • How the changing landscape for military operations is impacting aviation safety
    • Systems and processes that enable quick reporting
    • Accident investigation and near miss analysis
    • How defence forces are planning for UAS and Autonomous Systems
     

    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman, Commander, US Naval Safety Command

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis, Chief Aviation Safety, Danish Air Force Command
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    Colonel Magnus Liljegren

    Colonel Magnus Liljegren, Director Military Aviation Authority MAA, Swedish Armed Forces
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    Captain Rich Harrison

    Captain Rich Harrison, Head, Aviation Operational Warfare, Royal Navy

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    15:25 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver, Deputy Inspector of Flight Safety, Royal Air Force

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual)

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual)

    Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Air Force
    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force
    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

    AOC 22 Gp, Royal Air Force
    Brigadier General Anders Persson

    Brigadier General Anders Persson

    Deputy Commander , Swedish Air Force
    Colonel Anthony Kleiger (Virtual)

    Colonel Anthony Kleiger (Virtual)

    Director of Safety, US Air Force
    Group Captain Christopher Melville

    Group Captain Christopher Melville

    Delivery Duty Holder for the ISTAR Force and Aircraft , Royal Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

    Chief Aviation Safety, Danish Air Force Command
    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

    Commander, US Naval Safety Command
    Vice Admiral Rick Thompson

    Vice Admiral Rick Thompson

    Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual)

    Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Air Force
    Air Commodore Joseph Medved (Virtual)

     Air Commodore Medved joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1992 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy as an Aeronautical Engineering Officer. In his career, AIRCDRE Medved has held aviation engineering, technical and program management positions in Defence operational, sustainment, acquisition and aviation safety regulatory organisations.

    He has broad technical experience spanning maintenance, design, type certification, and aviation safety regulations supporting Defence fixed and rotary wing aviation capabilities.

    Air Commodore Medved is an experienced aviation safety professional and was appointed as the Director General Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) in December 2020. The DASA is responsible for providing an independent investigatory capability and aviation safety regulatory functions for Defence. Air Commodore Medved holds an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and post graduate degrees in Aircraft Vehicle Design, Aerospace Engineering and Business Management.

    He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow with Engineers Australia

    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Sam Sansome

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

    AOC 22 Gp, Royal Air Force
    Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison

     Thanks to the Air Training Corps, Rich Maddison joined the Royal Air Force direct from comprehensive school in Hartlepool. Commissioned in 1988, his early career was as a Puma helicopter pilot in a variety of locations and roles, including instructing. As his career progressed, he commanded both a helicopter training squadron and an operational Puma squadron. He converted to the Chinook prior to fulfilling the role of UK Chinook Force Commander and Station Commander RAF Odiham. More recently, he served as the Deputy Commander of NATO Air Command in Afghanistan. He assumed his current appointment as AOC 22 Group in August 2020.

     Maddison’s staff experience includes roles related to personnel, current operations (PJHQ) and Finance & Military Capability. He is a graduate of both the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies. 
     
    Married with 3 sons, he runs and swims, neither to a standard he is satisfied with. A volunteer pilot with 6 AEF at RAF Benson, Maddison has introduced over 1100 cadets from the CCF and ATC to the joy of flying. He is an RAF senior advocate for Social Mobility and the Defence Champion for non-religious and humanist personnel in Defence

    Brigadier General Anders Persson

    Deputy Commander , Swedish Air Force
    Brigadier General Anders Persson

    Captain Rich Harrison

    Head, Aviation Operational Warfare, Royal Navy
    Captain Rich Harrison

    Colonel Anthony Kleiger (Virtual)

    Director of Safety, US Air Force
    Colonel Anthony Kleiger (Virtual)

    Colonel Larry Nixon (Virtual)

    Deputy Commander, US Air Force Safety Center
    Colonel Larry Nixon (Virtual)

    Colonel Magnus Liljegren

    Director Military Aviation Authority MAA, Swedish Armed Forces
    Colonel Magnus Liljegren

     Previous Assignments                                                           

    2018-2021         Head Materiel and Logistics, Defence Staff

    2017-2018         DCOS CJ5/9, TAAC AIR, KABUL, Afghanistan

    2015-2017         Head of Air Force Department

    2014-2015         Head of Air Force Training and Development section

    2014                 Acting Wing Commander, F17 Wing

    2011-2014         Deputy Wing Commander, F17 Wing

    2011                 SNR/LNO, Red Card Holder, Nato Operation Unified Protector, Libya

    2009-2011         Joint Operations Development Department

    2008-2009        Head of Development at the Air Force department

    2006                 Squadron Commander, “Tango Red Squadron”, Red Flag Alaska

    2003-2006        Squadron Commander at Gripen Test and Evaluation Unit

    2002-2003         Test Pilot at FMV Test and Evaluation

    1992-1999        Fighter pilot at F17 Wing

     

     

    Promotions                                                                                                                        

    2015                 Colonel

    2009                 Lieutenant Colonel

    2000                 Major

    1997                 Captain

    1995                 1st  Lieutenant

    1992                 2nd Lieutenant

     

    Education                                                                                                                   

    2007-2008         Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery Alabama, USA

    2006-2007        National Defence College Advanced Command Course, Stockholm

    2001                 The Empire Test Pilots´ School, Amesbury, England

    1999-2000         National Defence College Staff Course, Stockholm

    1997                 Air Force War Academy Advanced Course, Uppsala

    1995                Air Force War Academy Basic Course, Uppsala

    1989-1991         Air Force Flying Training School, Basic Flying Training, Ljungbyhed

    1988-1989         Basic Military Training

     

    Degree of academics

    2008                 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air University,
    Montgomery Alabama, USA

    2001                 Bachelor of Science in Flight Dynamics and Evaluation, University of Portsmouth, UK

     

     

    Decorations                                                                                                                 

    Swedish Armed Forces Armed Forces Conscript Medal

    Swedish Armed Forces International Service Medal

    NATO Medal, Unified Protector

    NATO Medal, Afghanistan

     

     

    Other information                                                                                                       

    Total experience of 2000+ flying hours on twenty different types of aircraft, mainly SAAB JAS 39 Gripen, JA 37 Viggen and SAAB 105

     

    Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences

    Colonel Mark Bortnem

    Director, CMC Safety Division, USMC
    Colonel Mark Bortnem

     Colonel Mark Bortnem is currently the Director of the Marine Corps Safety Division. He grew up in Milford, MI, and has been a Marine for nearly 30 years, first enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1991.

    As an enlisted Marine, Colonel Bortnem served as a Supply Administration and Operations Specialist in Camp Lejeune, NC, before being selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. From 1994 to 1998, Colonel Bortnem attended The Ohio State University, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, ending his time as an enlisted Marine and beginning his career as an officer.

    From 2001 to 2002, Colonel Bortnem attended flight school in Pensacola, FL. Graduating with distinction, he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 2002. He then joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 332, where he deployed several times, including to Al-Asad Airbase, Iraq, flying combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From 2006-2009, Colonel Bortnem completed pilot conversion training at Naval Air Stations Corpus Christi and Kingsville. Graduating with distinction, he was designated as a Naval Aviator and served as a Flight Instructor as part of the Selectively Retained Graduate program. From 2010 to 2014, Colonel Bortnem was assigned to MCAS Miramar where he completed F/A-18 pilot training and was assigned as the Executive Officer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Operations Officer with Marine Aircraft Group Eleven. During this time, Colonel Bortnem achieved all advanced qualifications as an F/A-18 pilot while deploying twice to Japan. From 2014-2016, Colonel Bortnem represented the Marine Corps as part of the Personnel Exchange Program. He was assigned to Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada where he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. During this time, Colonel Bortnem deployed to Al-Jabar Airbase, Kuwait, serving as both the head of Standardization and Evaluation and also as Officer-In-Charge, while flying combat missions in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Upon his return to Canada, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron, becoming the first US officer to command a Canadian squadron.

    In 2016, Colonel Bortnem was assigned to Camp Smith, HI, where he was assigned as the Marine Forces Pacific Air Officer and Director of Aviation Operations. From 2018 to 2020, Colonel Bortnem was the Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 in Miramar, CA. During this time, he deployed to Japan and the squadron was recognized as the recipient of the Robert M. Hanson award as Strike Fighter Squadron of the Year. In 2020, Colonel Bortnem was assigned to Air War College in Montgomery, AL, where he graduated with a degree in Strategic Studies and where he was promoted to his current rank.

    Colonel Bortnem has served in a wide variety of global locations, including the pacific region, the Middle East, and the arctic. He has nearly 3000 flight hours, including more than 500 hours of combat time. Colonel Bortnem is a graduate of The Ohio State University (1998, Political Science) and the US Air Force’s Air War College (2021, Strategic Studies).

    Colonel Ronald Ells

    Deputy Commander , US Army Combat Readiness Center
    Colonel Ronald Ells

    Francois Mathieu

    Air Capabilities Development/ Joint Bureau Air Safety, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence
    Francois Mathieu

    François Mathieu joined the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg DoD, Directorate of Defence, in 2018 in the Air Capabilities Development role in order to support the emerging Defence Aviation projects in respect of aviation safety, Air Traffic Management and regulatory compliance.
     

    His 30+ year career and experience in aviation started as civil Air Traffic Control Officer in government service, which he executed in Luxembourg ATC operations for 21 years. This included several accountable post holdings in ATM training and safety management resulting in 2008 in a senior management position for the Luxembourg Air Navigation Administration in ATC/ATM/CNS operations, SES certification and compliance management against international and European aviation safety regulatory frameworks.
     

    As such already involved since 2012 with the national military and state authorities, in developing the newly decided state aviation activities, he was seconded in 2018 to the DoD in order to design and support a military aviation safety framework and project a military/state aviation safety authority, to be formally established in 2022.
     

    Group Captain Christopher Melville

    Delivery Duty Holder for the ISTAR Force and Aircraft , Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Christopher Melville

    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

    Chief Aviation Safety, Danish Air Force Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis

     Lieutenant Colonel Martin Aarestrup Friis “AMI” joined the Royal Danish Air Force in 1987. After completing flying training he flew F-16 at Skrydstrup Air Base for 17 years while becoming an instructor pilot, weapons and tactics officer, Deputy Commander 727SQN, Commander 730 SQN and lastly Deputy Operations Group Commander.

    In 2006 AMI became the Chief of Fighter Branch in the Air Force Headquarter and the initial F35 patnership work.

    AMI then served in the Danish Defence Command on international operations and intelligence.

    In 2011 AMI was posted to Air Transport Wing Aalborg as Operations Group Commander and for a period of 15 months as acting Base Commander.

    AMI then became Chief of Flight Safety, later renamed Aviation Safety, in the Danish Air Command being responsible to cover Aviation Safety in the Danish Armed Forces, complemented by being Flight Safety Inspector General and vice chair on the Danish Military Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.

    AMI has served two tours in Afghanistan and has a PgCert from Cranfield University in Safety and Accident investigation.

    Mr Siete Hamminga

    CEO, Robin Radar Systems BV
    Mr Siete Hamminga

     Siete Hamminga (47) is founder and CEO of Robin Radar Systems; dedicated to the detection of small targets by radar The company is considered to be amongst the top 3 most innovative companies and amongst the 25 fastest growing high-tech firms.

    Siete studied Industrial Management & Engineering at the Technical University of Twente. He did his thesis in Silicon Valley after which he was co-author of "Beyond the Hype" (ISBN 9080671339) describing how top management looked at ebusiness after the hype.

    He started his first company at the age of 21 and later founded “Waleli”; in innovation accelerator that lead to several innovative start-ups. 

     

    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

    Commander, US Naval Safety Command
    Rear Admiral Fredrick Luchtman

    Richard Duriez

    Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ
    Richard Duriez

     Officer of the Armament Corps of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) from 1980 to 2015.

    Graduated 1984 as aeronautics engineer and 1985 as data processing system engineer from ENSICA (now ISAÉ) in Toulouse.

    1985-1995: DGA Flight Test Centre in Brétigny as data processing system engineer then as head of navigation section (navigation systems/ C160 avionics upgrade).
    1995-2010: DGA, Paris then Bagneux: avionics, programme manager (FAF tankers, helicopters and light aircraft), M2000 export programme manager, deputy air combat systems department, deputy air systems architecture division.

    2010-2015, DSAÉ as initial airworthiness advisor and DGA liaison officer, then reserve officer.

    Former DGA liaison pilot (IFR, MEP and jet rating, 2370 flight hours, among which 384 in flight testing).

    French member to EDA MAWA Forum; Chairman of the NATO AwWG then Airworthiness Advisory Group (AWAG) under the NATO Aviation Committee (AVC).

    Civil staff officer in NATO International Staff since September 2016 as AWAG Secretary and airworthiness specialist in charge of implementing the NATO Airworthiness Policy by leading the assessment of Airworthiness Authorities (NATO Recognition of the Military Airworthiness Authorities of 17 NATO Nations and one Partner Nation so far).

    Ron Ells

    Deputy Commanding Officer, Army Combat Readiness Center
    Ron Ells

    Stuart Oliver

    SO1 Air , Defence Accident Investigation Branch
    Stuart Oliver

    Vice Admiral Rick Thompson

    Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD
    Vice Admiral Rick Thompson

     Vice Admiral Rick Thompson is an Aeronautical Engineer Officer who joined the Royal Navy in 1985 and graduated from the Royal Naval Engineering College in 1989. His operational experience spans fixed and rotary wing operations ashore and afloat, having served as part Carrier Air Groups aboard HMS ARK ROYAL, ILLUSTRIOUS and INVINCIBLE.

    Squadron appointments as the Senior Air Engineer include 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), 849 NAS and 820 NAS delivering capabilities such as Amphibious Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Airborne Early Warning. His last appointment at sea was as the Commander (Air Engineering) of HMS ARK ROYAL, responsible for the maintenance and airworthiness of all embarked aviation and air weapons.

    In-between his operational appointments, Rick has spent over 2 decades managing major international programmes in equipment acquisition, capability delivery, operational support and change management. These appointments have included the procurement and introduction into service of new aircraft and business transformation within all 3 single-service and joint Headquarters.

    As the Team Leader and Chief Engineer responsible for the procurement and integration of the Lightning II aircraft (F-35B) into the UK, he procured the UK’s first 18 aircraft, certified the design and delivered the major support infrastructure at RAF MARHAM, the UK’s Main Operating Base for the aircraft. His design and delivery work included integrating the aircraft with the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier.

    On promotion to Rear Admiral in 2016, he completed an appointment with a dual role as Director of Operations and Assurance within the Defence Safety Authority and as the Technical Director of the Military Aviation Authority (MAA). The MAA role placed him in charge of Type Certification for all UK military aircraft and as the lead for continuing airworthiness, regulation and organisational approvals. During his time within the MAA, Rick also undertook the role of the Royal Navy’s Chief Naval Engineer Officer being the functional head of the Royal Navy’s engineering branch, providing leadership and mentoring across all engineering specialisations within his Service.

    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

    Deputy Inspector of Flight Safety, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Stuart Oliver

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    tlmNexus has supplied digital services to the UK MoD for more than 15 years. Originally designed to provide an innovative way of managing the efficiency, quality and safety of the Royal Air Force's Typhoon fleet, the company's Resolve software has now been adopted by the majority of the aircraft types operating in the UK defence environment. Resolve represents a significant step forward in the management of safety, through-life engineering and airworthiness assessment. The system provides an auditable electronic workflow and shares data securely between the MOD and its suppliers. The company has developed other software solutions which similarly link all collaborators involved in other aspects of long-term high-value military aircraft projects, ranging from Requirements Management, Budgeting and Investment Appraisals to Operational Quality Feedback. tlmNexus received the Queen’s Award for Innovation in recognition of Resolve’s contribution to improving the management of aircraft safety. www.tlmnexus.com


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    Key.Aero

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    Key.aero was created by Key Publishing to bring the best of expert aviation content online. You can now easily access in one place outstanding content from our world-leading aviation publications including Aeroplane, FlyPast, Airforces, Air International, Airports of the world, Airliner World, Aviation News, Combat Aircraft and PC Pilot. Plus, enjoy articles, video and content created exclusively for key.aero. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about aviation is now just one click away!


    Desider Magazine

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    Desider is our monthly corporate magazine, aimed at readers across the wider MOD, armed forces and industry. The publication covers stories and features about support to operations and equipment acquisition. It also covers the work of people in DE&S and its partners in industry, and other corporate news and information.


    Soldier Modernisation

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    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


    Armada International

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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    GeoConnexion

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    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com


    Airport Suppliers

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    Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world


    Airline-Suppliers.com

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    http://Airline-Suppliers.com

    Airline-Suppliers.com is the global airline industry's fastest growing meeting place for Airline CEOs, Directors, Food/Beverage Managers, Purchasers, Catering Companies, Flight Kitchens, OEMs, MROs, Ground Handlers, Cargo Carriers, Airside Managers, Contractors, Consultants and System integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airline equipment, technology, design and services and allows potential buyers to connect with suppliers the world over. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airline related events, organisations and governing bodies in the world.


    ETSA

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    ETSA is a Community Interest Company (CIC) comprising Member organisations, Individuals, Government agencies and military end-users, Academia, Media and other Strategic Partners from within the MS&T community. As such, it is owned by the Members and operates for the benefit of the Members and the Modelling, Simulation and Training Communities in general. ETSA represents the European training and simulation community. It provides a non-partisan environment for government bodies, academia, users and suppliers within Europe to network, exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on education, training and simulation technology and methodology.


    Defence Global

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    www.barclaymedia.uk.com

    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


    ASD MEDIA

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    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
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    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

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    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


    Defense Advancement

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    DefenseAdvancement.com (DA) is a defense marketing and supplier sourcing platform, showcasing supplier capabilities across aerospace, land, naval and security domains. Operated by the team behind UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com, DA connects governments, armed forces and the entire defense and security supply chain, giving suppliers an online platform to showcase their technologies and capabilities.


    Military Simulation and Training Magazine

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    For more than 30 years MS&T Magazine has been the leading simulation and training publication for the defence industry and remains the only publication entirely dedicated to simulation and training in the military. Published 6 times per year, each issue typically carries at least five major articles, an industry news and analysis wrap-up, coverage of recent events, an industry calendar and more, including the coveted MS&T Industry Awards. Live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulations, gaming and immersive, VR training systems amongst the many other topics covered. Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter on our website.

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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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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    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, 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.

    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@saemediagroup.com

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