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Defence Aviation Safety 2024
2 October - 3 October 2024
Defence Aviation Safety 2024

Be part of the Defence Aviation Safety conference as we enter its 5th year, proudly supported by the Royal Air Force Safety Centre and the only event specifically focused on defence safety for the military aviation community.

The Defence Aviation Safety conference truly is your best opportunity to contribute to this critical field, dedicated to saving lives and protecting capability. 

Collaborate across an unmatched 2-day programme.

Join forward-thinking defence aviation experts, and you’ll leave the conference empowered with the tools and knowledge to better support your organisations strategy.

Snapshot of the 2023 event: 90+ Attendees | 30+ Speakers | 16+ Nations in Attendance | Top UK MoD speakers | Industry Key themes | Supported by the RAF Safety Centre

Free to attend for serving military or government personnel (does not apply to contactors).

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority DASA, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Rob Caine

Air Commodore Rob Caine

Head of Flying Training, Directorate of Flying Training, No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Inspector of Safety, RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force
Brigadier General Armin Havenith

Brigadier General Armin Havenith

Commander, Aviation Safety Department, German Air Force
Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom

Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom

Director of Army Safety/Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco

Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco

Chief of the Italian Flight Safety Inspectorate ItAF ISV, Italian Air Force
Captain Mike Hoskins

Captain Mike Hoskins

Director, Aviation Safety Programs, Naval Safety Command
Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel

Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel

Flight Safety Section Chief, Spanish Air and Space Force
Colonel Everett Good

Colonel Everett Good

Director, CMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps
Colonel Jesse S. Doyle

Colonel Jesse S. Doyle

Director Air Safety, Air Combat Command, USAF
Colonel Jorge Inacio

Colonel Jorge Inacio

Commander, Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC)
Colonel Michael Thomas

Colonel Michael Thomas

Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Department of the Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Per Hard af Segerstad

Lieutenant Colonel Per Hard af Segerstad

Director Air Safety, Swedish Armed Forces
Mr Keith Bethell

Mr Keith Bethell

Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr Stéphane Coperet

Mr Stéphane Coperet

Officer Airworthiness & Certification, NATO

Air Commodore Howard Edwards

Combat Air Force Commander, No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Howard Edwards

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority DASA, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Joseph Medved

 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 Rob Caine

Head of Flying Training, Directorate of Flying Training, No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Rob Caine

Rob joined the RAF in 1994 and became an operational pilot on the Tornado in 1999 on 14 Sqn at RAF Bruggen, Germany. Since then he has served several operational tours, and became an experienced Tornado Instructor, Rear Seat Captain, Electronic Warfare Instructor and an Instrument Rating Examiner at RAF Lossiemouth. In 2005 he became a Tactics and Weapons Instructor and an Aircrew Instructor Coach at 19 Sqn on Hawk T1 and subsequently became a Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI). He became an A2 (Advanced) Qualified Flying Instructor and the Chief Weapons Instructor at RAF Valley where he ran 3 staff QWI Courses before being selected as a Project Pilot for the introduction of Hawk T2 into military service.

He is experienced at leading and innovating, managing risk and developing complex organisations. In staff tours he was a Requirements Manager for Fixed Wing aircraft and worked in the MOD on Air Systems. He was Head of Requirements for the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), working for Air Capability. In command roles he became the Executive Officer on IV(R) Sqn, flying the innovative Hawk T2, where he was an A2 QFI and was responsible for all live and synthetic staff training and standards from first fast jet flight to beyond visual range, swing role missions. He subsequently became OC IV(AC) Sqn in 2019, responsible for the Tactics and Weapons training of all RAF and RN Fighter Pilots - a course that constitutes the final test before pilots qualify to fly the Typhoon or F35 on the front-line.

On Ops he has served as an A3 Operational specialist in the Command Air Operations Centre in Al Udeid, and 83 Expeditionary Air Group, where he helped command and control air operations in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK in 2013-14. He was also COS Ops and National Approval Authority across the Middle East in 2020 where he was in operational charge of coordinating all UK Force Elements on Op SHADER. More recently Rob was Director of Ops in 11 Group (Gp), responsible for the integration of AIR effects across RAF Operations on behalf of Air Officer 11 Gp, the Global Air Component Commander. This included managing Air’s contribution to COVID responses, Op RESCRIPT, the G7 and COP26, Op FORTIS the Global Carrier Deployment, Op PITTING the complex recovery from Afghanistan, Op PROWLING the F35 crash recovery from the Mediterranean and support to Ukraine. He took command of 6 Flying Training School as Commandant on 4 February 2022, responsible for the 15 University Air Squadrons and 13 embedded Air Experience Flights across 13 Main Operating Bases in the UK delivering Phase 1 Officer trg and Phase 2 Flying Trg from Elementary and Fast Jet Lead-In to Mission Aircrew to, more recently Op INTERSTROM International Defence Trg with NATO partners. He has now been appointed as the Head of UK Military Flying Training (HFT) and is passionate about ensuring we train our future war fighters to fly, fight and win.

He now has over 2500 fast jet hours and is CFS accredited. He was awarded an MBE in 2015 for his services to Military Flying Training in the New Year’s Honours List and was awarded the 2019 Master’s Medal from the Guild of Air Pilots for innovation. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Higher Command and Staff Course and has an MA from Kings College London.

In his free time Rob supports his family as they horse ride, play football or enjoy walking their black lab. Rob is also a dedicated mentor and coach focusing on leadership, high performance and psychology, whether in sport, equine competition or military aviation. He also supports charities like RAFA, and the Dove (Bereavement) Service and is a Trustee of the “Bear Force” Children’s Charity linked to better mental health and suicide prevention

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

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

Air Cdre Sam Sansome joined the RAF in 1986 as a University Cadet. After 3 years at Loughborough University studying Engineering Science and Technology he attended RAF College Cranwell for Initial Officer Training – graduating in March 1990.
Following Engineering Officer Training, his first tour was as JEngO XV Sqn on Tornado GR1 ac at RAF Laarbruch. After tours at RAF Lossiemouth (Buccaneer, Hunter and Tornado), RAF Strike Command (Tornado Role Office) and RAF Wyton (Harrier Fleet Manager) and an operational detachment to Riyadh, he was promoted to Sqn Ldr in Nov 1998 and appointed as the structural Engineering Authority for all marks of Tornado aircraft.
In 2001 he took up the post of OC Aircraft Engineering Squadron at RAF Benson, working on Puma and Merlin helicopters, where he also acted as OC Engineering and Supply Wing for a 7 month period during Op TELIC. On completion of his command tour he moved to the Personnel Management Agency where he was the Desk Officer for Squadron Leader Engineers.
In Jul 2004 he was selected for Staff College, but opted instead to attend Henley Management College graduating with an Executive Full-time MBA. He was promoted to Wing Commander during the MBA course and posted to a future capability post in Headquarters 2 Group in September 2005 where he had logistics and engineering responsibility for all 2 Group future platforms, both ISTAR and AT/AAR and including the REAPER UAV, A400M and Shadow R1.
In June 2008 he was posted to RAF Brize Norton as OC Forward Support Wing. Following his command tour he became the Command Planner at PJHQ at Northwood, managing the transition of its planning functions to Joint Forces Command. After a further spell as a Manning Desk Officer, this time for wing commander engineers and suppliers, he was promoted in 2012 and took up appointment at DE&S Abbey Wood as Team Leader of Chief of Materiel Joint Enablers’ Customer Support Team. On 27 Jun 2016 he returned to Air Command and to 2 Gp, this time as Chief Air Engineer and Gp Capt Support. On 1 March 2021 he transferred to the RAF Reserves on promotion to Air Cdre and took up post as Inspector of Safety RAF – the first non-aircrew officer to lead the RAF Safety Centre.
Air Cdre Sansome is married to Louise and has 2 children, Millie and Thomas. His family home is in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He is a qualified swimming official and until recently was Chairman of Wycombe District Swimming Club, one of the top swimming teams in the country.

Brigadier General Armin Havenith

Commander, Aviation Safety Department, German Air Force
Brigadier General Armin Havenith

Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom

Director of Army Safety/Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom

Brigadier General Jonathan Byrom, a native of Galion, Ohio, received his commission as an Armor Officer following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1995. After completing the Armor Officer Basic Course, he began his military career as a Division Cavalry Tank and Scout Platoon Leader and Cavalry Troop Executive Officer with 1-1 Cavalry in Büdingen, Germany.


Brigadier General Byrom then commanded A Troop and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop in 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, California. Following his time in command, he taught economics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Upon completion of intermediate-level education in 2008, Brigadier General Byrom was assigned to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where he served as the Battalion S3 and Brigade Executive Officer for the 172nd Infantry Brigade until 2010. After his time in Germany, he became a Senior Instructor for the Army Joint Support Team in Las Vegas, Nevada,
before being assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he assumed command of 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment in November 2011.Upon completion of Squadron Command, Brigadier General Byrom then moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, in July 2013, where he served as the Armor Branch Chief at Human Resources Command.


In July 2015, Brigadier General Byrom arrived at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he became the 1st Infantry Division G3 until 2017. He then returned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he commanded the 3rd Cavalry Regiment from July 2017 until June 2019. He transitioned to the First Cavalry Division Chief of Staff in June 2019 until March 2020. Brigadier General Byrom transitioned to the Pentagon, where he served as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Army until July 2021. He served as the Commander for the 2nd Multi-Domain Task Force in Wiesbaden, Germany, before assuming command of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center in June 2023.


Jon is married to his much better half, Marsha. They have three young children who keep life very interesting

Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco

Chief of the Italian Flight Safety Inspectorate ItAF ISV, Italian Air Force
Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco

 Air Brig. Gen. Roberto Di Marco was born in Messina on 20 August 1965 and attended the Aeronautical Academy from 1983 to 1987.

After graduating in aeronautical science and the planned piloting courses on various aircraft, in 1989 he is assigned to the 10th Fighter Squadron that operates on aircraft F 104S at the 9th Wing at Grazzanise Air Base, where he holds various positions up to Squadron Commander and Chief of Wing Ops.

Since 2001 he has been assigned to the HQ at the 3rd Department (Aerospace Instrument Planning), with assignments related to air defense directives and tactical unit training. Following the terrorist attack on 9/11 2001, it is part of the project for the drafting of the RENEGADE Ministerial Directive, which regulates the actions of the political and military summit to combat hybrid air threats. It also deals with the installation of the first Forward Operational Base [FOB] in the theater of Iraqi and Afghan operations, and starts the process for the ItAF participation in the helicopter school of Shindand [Afghanistan], based on Russian helicopter MIL Mi-8.

In 2002, he was sent to Kosovo as Chief of Operations at Pristina International Airport and coordinator of local activities between UNMIK [UN] and the Russian contingent responsible for site security.

In 2007 he was sent to the United States for the F-16 pilot course, at the end of which he was appointed Commander of the 5th Wing at Cervia Air Base.

In 2009, at the end of the command period, he returned to the 3rd Department of the HQ with the task of Chief of the 2nd Office (Operational Capabilities). In 2011, he coordinated with the 603 AOC of USAFE, Ramstein [GER], the directives for the participation of ItAF in the Odyssey Dawn coalition operation, then renamed Unified Protector under the aegis of NATO.

In 2012 he became Chief of Operations Department A3 at the HQ of the Air Team Command and then, when promoted to Air Brigade General became Chief of Operations and Training Department, where he coordinated with the Command of the Naval Team the national joint effort operation to combat illicit trafficking called MARE NOSTRUM, which will be the basis for the subsequent operational defence contributions to Operation SOPHIA of EUNAVFOR MED, under the aegis of EU.

After attending few courses: the CFACC of Maxwell [Alabama, US] and the Senior International Defense Management at the DRMI of Monterey [California, US], in June 2015 he is assigned to the D.A.C.C.C (NATO Center of Risk Air Command and Control) at the Air Base of Poggio Renatico (FE) with the assignment of Deputy Commander.

In February 2019 he became Commander of the Experimental Flight Center at the Air Base of Pratica di Mare (ROME).

Since September 2020 he has been Flight Safety Inspector and President of the Higher Flight Safety Institute.

He has collected about 2700 flight hours, mainly on Fighters (MB.339A and CD version, G.91/T, F.104, F.16 Block 20 and 40).
He is a qualified flight safety officer and instructor, and has collected several collaborations with the Institute of Aeronautical Military Sciences in Florence for the treatment of CRM courses (Crew Resource Management and optimisation of flight crew management in the cockpit) and courses within flight security programs. Always in support of the Italian Air Force Schools Command, he was a member of the college and co-supervisor of some dissertations related to the topic of Flight Safety.

Captain Mike Hoskins

Director, Aviation Safety Programs, Naval Safety Command
Captain Mike Hoskins

 Capt. Hoskins is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education from the College of William & Mary in 1998. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1999, and a Master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2006.
He commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 in support of U.S. 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet operations, where he was a plankowner at the command from a prior tour. Other sea duty assignments include Chief of Staff for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 2, HSC-22, HSC-26, and USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Ashore, he served as an MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor at HSC-3, and as a Branch Head Deputy for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His joint assignments include Joint Enabling Capabilities Command where he was a joint aerospace planner, and the Joint Forces Staff College as military faculty.
He is currently the Director, Aviation Programs at the Naval Safety Command.
He is a qualified naval aviator and has flown more than 2,600 hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His awards and decorations include the 2007 Naval Helicopter Association Pilot of the Year (2007), Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various campaign and unit awards

Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel

Flight Safety Section Chief, Spanish Air and Space Force
Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel

Colonel Everett Good

Director, CMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps
Colonel Everett Good

 Colonel Everett Good is a native of Centerview, Missouri. Heattended the New Mexico Military Institute in 1996 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001. Following graduation from The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, he attended flight school in Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 2003.

Col Good’s operational assignments include AH-1W/Z pilot duties as a member of HML/A-167,
HMLA-369, and HMLA-169 (Commanding Officer). These assignments included four deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom (including the 22nd and 26th MEU) and two deployments supporting the III MEF Unit Deployment Program. Additionally, Col Good served as an Air Officer/Joint Terminal Attack Controller with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, deploying twice on the ground to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Col Good’s staff assignments include Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, the
Joint Staff J-39, Deputy Directorate for Global Operations - Special Projects and Innovation
Division, and his current assignment as Director, Commandant of the Marine Corps Safety
Division.


Col Good’s education includes a B.S. in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy (2001), the USMC Amphibious/Expeditionary Warfare School, the US Army Command and General Staff College (2015), a M.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas (2015), and a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2021).

Col Good accumulated over 3100 mishap free flight hours and earned every qualification and
designation possible in the AH-1W/Z. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Gold Star in lieu of second award), Air Medal with Strike Flight Numeral 6, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Stars in lieu of third award).

He lives in Arlington, VA and is married to the former Meghan Ring of Greenbelt, MD. They
have 6 children, ages 19 to 7.
 

 

Colonel Jesse S. Doyle

Director Air Safety, Air Combat Command, USAF
Colonel Jesse S. Doyle

 Colonel Jesse S. Doyle is the Director of Safety, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Colonel Doyle received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Florida, with a degree in Business Administration. He attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, MS. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
Colonel Doyle has served as an instructor pilot in both Air Education and Training Command and United States Air Forces in Europe, commanded at the squadron level, and served on the staff of Air Combat Command. He is a command pilot with over 3,850 flying hours in the T-37 and F-16, including 812 combat hours in Operations ODYSSEY DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

Colonel Jorge Inacio

Commander, Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC)
Colonel Jorge Inacio

 Colonel Jorge Inacio joined Portuguese Air Force Academy in 1992 and, after finishing the course, served in the Tactical Air Transport and Search and Rescue Squadrons, flying around 3000 flight hours in the SA-316B Alouette III, SA-330 Puma and EH-101 Merlin.
Served in the Air Command/Plans Branch, Portuguese Military University Institute as Joint Operations Planning teacher and, in the EUMS/Concepts and Capabilities Directorate (CONCAP)/Force and Capability Branch (FORCAP) as action officer and deputy Branch Chief.
Has the Degree (Pre Bologna) in Military Aeronautical Sciences, specialty of Pilot, Course for Promotion to Senior Officer, Joint Staff Course and Postgraduate in Military Sciences, Security and Defence.

Colonel Michael Thomas

Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Department of the Air Force
Colonel Michael Thomas

 Col Mike Thomas is the Deputy Chief of Safety for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Col Thomas graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 and was a commissioned a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He is a master navigator with more than 2,800 flying hours and 260 deployed combat and combat support hours. Col Thomas has deployed in support of Operations Joint Guardian, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve. He commanded at the squadron, group, and Joint Task Force levels, and he served in staff assignments at Air Force Special Operations Command and Headquarters Air Force. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Safety for Air Force Special Operations Command.

Command Sergeant Major Jeann P. Alcedo

, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
Command Sergeant Major Jeann P. Alcedo

Lieutenant Colonel Per Hard af Segerstad

Director Air Safety, Swedish Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Per Hard af Segerstad

 Lt Col Per Hård af Segerstad

1994-96 Navy: Basic Military Training.

1996-2015 Air Force: Pilot, force element leader, sqn deputy in for operations with Fighter Viggen and Multi-Role Gripen.

2015-2017 Mil HQ in Chief of the Air Foce staff: main duties in Flight Safety and the Nordic Defence Coorporation.

2018-2020 National Defence University: Studies with the Higher Military Educational and MaSc in War Studies.

2020-2023 National Defence University: Director Air Departement.

2023- Air Staff: Head of Flight Safety for the Armed Forces / Head of departement.

Mr Keith Bethell

Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr Keith Bethell

Mr (SCS 3*) K H R BETHELL CBE BSc(Hons) MA MSc CEng ChPP FRAeS


Keith Bethell joined the RAF as an Apprentice Engineering Technician at RAF Halton in 1983 and was commissioned into the engineer branch in 1988, serving for 38 years and being promoted to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. During his time in the Service he undertook a variety of roles across fast jet operations in command and staff positions, and in equipment procurement and support.

Positions included station command tours as the first Typhoon Depth Support Manager and Officer
Commanding Depth Support Wing at RAF Coningsby, and on the staff in Headquarters No 1 Group as Group Captain Support and Chief Air Engineer, spanning an eventful 18 months which included Operation ELLAMY over Libya, continued support to Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan and leading the transformation of the Group’s Air Safety Management Systems.


His procurement and support roles included tours in the Nimrod MRA4 Project Team at DPA Abbey Wood and as Group Captain Typhoon Systems Manager and Project Engineer (Type Airworthiness Authority) in the Typhoon Team at DE&S Abbey Wood, where he was responsible for development, modification, safety and airworthiness of the Typhoon weapon system and development and delivery of Typhoon support solutions. As an Air Commodore he was Head Fast Air Support Team in DE&S with responsibility for the Tornado, Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Defence Crew Escape Systems projects. This role spanned a period of intense operational deployment of the Tornado and Typhoon forces and the introduction of significant new operational and air safety
capabilities onto both platforms, as well as transformation of their support solutions.


In 2016, he was selected for the role of Director Combat Air in DE&S on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal. He oversaw delivery of many DE&S successes including the arrival of F-35 Lightning II in the UK and its first landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth, major upgrades to Typhoon’s radar, and
delivery of the Combat Air Strategy, setting out the national vision including the next-generation
Tempest jet.


In 2021, on retirement from the RAF he was selected for the position of Director Helicopters in DE&S, where he was responsible for the procurement and support of the UK Defence helicopter portfolio. This role encompassed supporting delivery of the UK’s Rotary Wing Strategy and leading the Rotary Wing Enterprise support transformation programme.


In 2024, he was selected for his current position of Director General Air. This is an interim role focussing on the transition to the new Operating Model, which will see a more modern and improved DE&S, whilst continuing to deliver and support vital programmes and platform to support our Armed Forces in the coming years.


Mr Bethell is married with two sons. He keeps active by following Bath Rugby, training to run the
occasional half-marathon and travelling to support his younger son on the world Para-badminton tournament circuit ahead of representing the Paralympics GB Team in Paris 2024.

Mr Stéphane Coperet

Officer Airworthiness & Certification, NATO
Mr Stéphane Coperet

 Stéphane COPERET
NATO’s Officer Airworthiness & Certification

1992 Aircraft squadron’s chief maintenance officer, C160 squadron, Air Force Mobility Command.
1999 RAFALE Program project manager, Air Force Test & Evaluation Centre.
2005 RAFALE Training centre director, Air Force Education Command.
2008 Maintenance, repair and oversight director, Air Force Material Command.
2009 Technical director deputy, French Strategic Air Command.
2015 Head of airworthiness regulation, French State Aviation Authority.
2015 Continuing airworthiness task force chair, European Defence Agency.
2017 Head of airworthiness certification & oversight, French State Aviation Authority.
2020 Head of performance steering, French Aeronautical Maintenance Direction.
2022 Airworthiness director deputy, French State Aviation Authority.
2023 Officer certification & airworthiness, NATO.

Benefits of attending

  • Take part in Europe’s leading event dedicated to enhancing international military aviation safety.
  • Listen to the latest aviation safety initiatives, standards, strategies and challenges, to reduce the risk to international aviators, aircrew and platforms.
  • Meet and network with senior officers and industry experts who are committed to developing military aviation safety, who at the forefront of aviation standardisation and who are paving a way forward to safety assurance.
  • Come away with new strategies to advance safety culture at the organisational level and create effective certification processes to promote a safer and enhanced future air force.

 

Who should attend

The Defence Aviation Safety conference 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.

This event should be of interest to all parties involved in the safe manufacturing, certification and use of military aircraft. This extends to military leaders and industry experts who are dedicated to protecting military personnel and equipment.


Military Officers:
• Aviation/Air/Flight Safety
• Military Aviation Authority
• Military Flight Training
• Airworthiness and Certification
• Operational Commanders


Industry Experts:
• Aviation/Air/Flight Safety
• Safety, Health and Environment
• Airworthiness and Certification
• Aviation Safety Assurance
• Consultancy
• Business Development

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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Chair's Opening Remarks

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

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DE&S and Advancing UK Defence Aerospace Safety

Mr Keith Bethell, Director General Air, DE&S, UK MoD

  • DE&S – Providing aerospace operational capability whilst managing risk to people and platforms
  • Fixed-wing and rotary-wing safety assurance and airworthiness
  • Utilising AI, automation and data analytics for air safety
  • UAV integration, airworthiness and certification updates
  • Working with industry to promote risk reporting and safety development
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    Always Rising Again – Delivering Safe and Innovative Training for RAF Personnel

    Air Commodore Rob Caine, Head of Flying Training, Directorate of Flying Training, No. 22 Group, Royal Air Force

  • Developing the risk management concept for RAF training
  • Safety challenges to flight and ground personnel training
  • Key technologies which are enhancing the future of safe flight training
  • Future requirements to enhance safety assurance within training
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Morning Coffee

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    Swift to Attack…Safely

    Air Commodore Howard Edwards

    Air Commodore Howard Edwards, Combat Air Force Commander, No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force

  • Measuring safety across Number 1 Group operations
  • Managing risk and mid-air collisions
  • Evolving the safety training of Number 1 Group personnel
  • Future improvements and requirements
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    Promoting Competence & Safety for German Military Aviation

    Brigadier General Armin Havenith

    Brigadier General Armin Havenith, Commander, Aviation Safety Department, German Air Force

  • The role of the Fight Safety Department in delivering German air superiority through increased safety
  • Flight safety inspections and investigations – successes and challenges
  • Safety considerations for the integration and operation of military UAS in the Bundeswehr
  • Cooperation between the Flight Safety Department and industry in promoting efficient and effective platform service delivery
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    U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center – Enabling Readiness Through Risk Management

  • Preserving U.S. Army readiness through analysis, training, and the development of systems to prevent accidental loss.
  • Fostering a safety culture to prevent injury, occupational illness, and mishap losses, by increasing situational awareness, continuously applying the risk management process, and enforcing standards.
  • Updates on recent safety training exercises, and a look at future priorities/focus areas.
     
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    Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom, Director of Army Safety/Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

    Command Sergeant Major Jeann P. Alcedo

    Command Sergeant Major Jeann P. Alcedo, , U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

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    Networking Lunch

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    13:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Robin Radar Systems

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    US Air Force Safety Center 2024 Strategic Plan: Increase Combat Power Through Risk Management, Training, and Analysis

    Colonel Michael Thomas, Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Department of the Air Force

  • Exploiting the latest technology and professional expertise to analyze mishaps and operational trends
  • Ensuring the USAF Safety enterprise is trained, agile, and ready to integrate new operational concepts
  • Progress update on achieving the six safety goals identified in the 2024 Strategic Plan
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    Delivering Safe Air Superiority

    Colonel Jesse S. Doyle, Director Air Safety, Air Combat Command, USAF

  • Command Overview
  • Mishap Prevention Program
  • The Future
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    Panel Discussion: US Military Flight Safety – Strategies, Challenges and Innovations

  • What are the most effective strategies currently being employed to enhance military flight safety for US military organisations?
  • What are the primary challenges faced by US military forces in maintaining high standards of flight safety?
  • How can technological innovations and advancements contribute to improving flight safety in US military aviation?
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    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force

    Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom, Director of Army Safety/Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

    Colonel Michael Thomas, Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Department of the Air Force

    Colonel Jesse S. Doyle, Director Air Safety, Air Combat Command, USAF

    Colonel Everett Good, Director, CMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , U.S. Naval Safety Command

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    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Enabling Aviation Readiness for the US Navy Warfighter

    Captain Mike Hoskins, Director, Aviation Safety Programs, Naval Safety Command

  • Success stories from US Navy aviation safety initiatives
  • Aviation training and maintenance management
  • Optimising the Risk Management Information (RMI) Initiative as a safety capability
  • Future priorities for US naval aviation safety
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    Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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

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    8:15

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chair's Opening Remarks

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

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    9:00

    RAF Safety Centre – Enhancing the Future of Aviation Safety Management

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

  • Key safety updates from the Centre
  • Adapting to the changing operating environment
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Management
  • Future aspirations for RAF safety management
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    Capability First, Safety Always – Enabling Operational Readiness for Australian Military Aircraft

    Air Commodore Joseph Medved, Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority DASA, Royal Australian Air Force

  • An overview of the Australian Defence Aviation Safety Program (DASP)
  • Key upcoming programs within the DASA Aviation Safety Policy Roadmap – Including the DASR SMS changes
  • Incident reporting and accident investigations – Successes and challenges
  • Airworthiness and certification priorities and future requirements
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Morning Coffee

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    Human Factors: Bridging the Gap Between Humans and Technology

    Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco, Chief of the Italian Flight Safety Inspectorate ItAF ISV, Italian Air Force

  • Human Factors of Flight-deck Automation
  • Automation Philosophy and its developments
  • The impact of cockpit automation on crew coordination and communication
  • Unveiling the Power of Human Factors in Safety Management
  • The 6th generation challenges
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    Advancing Military Flight Safety for Spanish Air and Space Force Operations

    Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel

    Colonel Enrique Fernandez Ambel, Flight Safety Section Chief, Spanish Air and Space Force

  • Enhancing safety culture within Spanish Air Force training and operations
  • Reducing flight accidents through risk reporting and training
  • Aviation safety successes and challenges for the Spanish Air Force Aviation
  • Future Developments and Software Implementations
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    Ensuring Safety at the Forefront of Future Swedish Air Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Per Hard af Segerstad, Director Air Safety, Swedish Armed Forces

  • Enhancing safe Agile Base Employment for global operations
  • Future safety priorities for the Swedish Air Force
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    Networking Lunch

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    Enhancing the USMC's Aviation Combat Readiness Through Risk Management

    Colonel Everett Good, Director, CMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps

  • Aviation Safety priorities for the USMC from the CMC Safety Division
  • Fostering a culture of force preservation and enhancement through safety
  • Successes from aviation safety initiatives led by the CMC Safety Division
  • Risk Management and reporting requirements for UMSC aviation
  • Safety considerations for introducing UAVs into USMC operations
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    Establishment of the MHTC - First Year of Operation

    Colonel Jorge Inacio, Commander, Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC)

  • An overview of the MHTC activity
  • Analysis of the results
  • Next steps for interoperability and standardization
  • Future priorities for the MHTC
  • The Portuguese Perspective
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    Panel Discussion: Adapting to the Digital Age in Aviation Safety

  • How are safety organisations utilising new technologies such as AI and data analytics to move towards predictive flight safety?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities in implementing Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) systems for improved electronic conspicuity?
  • What emerging technologies have the potential to significantly impact and enhance defence aviation safety in the near future?
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    Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, RAF Safety Centre, Royal Air Force

    Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco, Chief of the Italian Flight Safety Inspectorate ItAF ISV, Italian Air Force

    Brigadier General Jonathan Bryom, Director of Army Safety/Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:00

    Thinking Airworthiness in Wartime

    Mr Stéphane Coperet, Officer Airworthiness & Certification, NATO

  • Key updates on NATO airworthiness
  • Challenges to airworthiness during wartime
  • Future requirements for continuing airworthiness to maintain effective military operations
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    Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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


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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.

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    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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    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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