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As the pace of international operations increase and challenges become more diverse, SMi's 2nd annual Military Aircraft Maintenance and Repair conference will allow you to analyse the latest techniques for continued airworthiness, trends in industry-military maintenance partnerships and programmes and strategies for efficient MRO practice.

Learn from experienced military representatives and hear first hand operational experiences. Analyse the latest strategies for ensuring continuing airworthiness and gain knowledge in maintenance practice for an ageing fleet. Discuss the lessons learned and ensure your organisation is equipped to meet the requirements of high-tempo operations.

With specially tailored presentations covering maintenance for fast jets, helicopters and heavy airlift and special reports on the latest key issues in military aircraft maintenance, make sure you take this opportunity to stay at the forefront of the latest developments and military requirements.

 Military Aircraft Maintenance Airworthiness

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  • Discuss the latest market trends and industry analysis
  • Examine real life experiences of managing military aircraft maintenance in challenging operational environments
  • Assess lessons learned from the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)
  • Perspectives on ageing aircraft and aircraft structural integrity. How can you ensure continuing airworthiness?
  • Network with aircraft maintenance professionals and military decision makers
  • Examine the outline and implications of UK MOD & European Military airworthiness requirement
  • Hear interternational military operational case studies
Military Airworthiness MRO
Conference Highlights:
  • One year on: Implications and outlook for the MAA
  • Conditional based maintenance & matinenance credits
  • Harmonising European Military Airworthiness Requirements

  • Transforming RAF Tornado maintenance
  • HIOS: Leaning depth maintenance
  • Partnered solutions for Chinook through-life support
  • Delivering support for the A400M
  • Challenges to delivery, certainty & culture


  • Special military report on volcanic ash effect on engine performance
  • Eurofighter in service support
  • Increasing aircraft lifecycles
  • International case studies for training, best practice and maintaining airworthiness


Commercial Profile

Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Officers for:

Through life support and whole life support
Logistics processes
Sales and marketing
Business development
Business units for military aircraft
Technical support 


Military Profile

Commanding Officers, Project Officers, Heads, Directors, Deputy Directors, S01 / S02 for:

Aircraft engineering
Maintenance engineering
Aircraft support
Material systems
Logistics procurement
Depth support
Systems management


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley, Defence College of Management & Technology, Cranfield University

9:10 Opening Address

• Key programs in place
• Experience on operations
• Financial outlook for maintenance budgets
• Lessons learned and future challenges

Brigadier General Alberto Rosso

Brigadier General Alberto Rosso, Chief of Staff, Italian Air Force

9:50 Transforming RAF Tornado and Fast Jet Support

• Analysing maintenance operations and identifying value added steps
• Operational overview of Tornado maintenance and repair
• Evidence of improved efficiency in time, cost, reliability and inventories
• Installing lean techniques for other aircraft and future improvements in the fast jets scheme

Wing Commander Paul Lloyd

Wing Commander Paul Lloyd, Officer Commanding Forward Support Wing, RAF Marham

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, General Manager, RAF Marham, BAE Systems

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Eurofighter In-Service Support

Major Sebastian Taubert

Major Sebastian Taubert, Officer Commanding, MRO Eurofighter, German Air Force

• From classic to integrated logistic in-service support
• Eurofighter cooperation airframe
• Public-private cooperation in Eurofighter system support

11:40 Volcanic Ash – Threat and Impact to Military Aircraft

 Major Markus Mecklin

Major Markus Mecklin, Air Material Command, Finnish Air Force, Headquarters

• Background and operation of the Finish Air Force investigation
• Effect of volcanic ash on the F-18 engine
• Ramifications for European Air Forces
• Recommended procedures and techniques for avoidance

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance

Lars Sommarin

Lars Sommarin, Air Combat Training Unit, Swedish Air Force

• In a perspective of quality and safety
• As a culture carrier of common values
• An attitude influence insight training

14:30 A Partnered Solution for Chinook Through Life Support

• Current state of UK’s Chinook fleet and review of the partnering framework for providing Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) to the MoD
• What is ‘partnering’ and how do we measures success?
• The ‘blurred maintenance environment’ – what is it and how can we operate within it most effectively?
• Beyond maintenance support, towards an optimized future state

Trevor Watkins

Trevor Watkins, TLCS Programme Manager , Boeing Defence UK

Trevor Pritchard

Trevor Pritchard, Business Development Director, Vector Aerospace UK

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Leaning Depth Maintenance: Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS)

John Sneller

John Sneller, Head, RAF Airlift Business Unit, Marshall Aerospace

  • Traditional Support pre-HIOS
  • HIOS Basics
  • Initiatives to Lean Depth post-HIOS
  • Integration of UORs & Modifications
  • Supporting the Forward Team
  • 16:20 Contracting Support and Maintenance

    • Challenges to: 
     o Delivery
     o Certainty
     o Culture
    • Issues in deployed operations
    • Conclusion - is it working?

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley, Defence College of Management & Technology, Cranfield University

    John Sneller

    John Sneller, Head, RAF Airlift Business Unit, Marshall Aerospace

    Wing Commander Paul Lloyd

    Wing Commander Paul Lloyd, Officer Commanding Forward Support Wing, RAF Marham

    Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson, General Manager, RAF Marham, BAE Systems

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Chris Hockley, Defence College of Management & Technology, Cranfield University

    9:00 Registration & Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Simon Place

    Simon Place, Course Director MSc Airworthiness, Cranfield University

    9:50 Military Aviation Authority - Technical Certification

    • Conditional Based Maintenance
    • Maintenance Based Credits
    • Structural Integrity
    • Technical safety regulations –approval and assurance

    Wing Commander Mark Stubbs

    Wing Commander Mark Stubbs, MAA Technical Certification, Royal Air Force

    Lieutenant Commander Andy Hall

    Lieutenant Commander Andy Hall, Aircraft Structural Integrity, Royal Navy

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Increasing Aircraft Lifecycles

    Nigel  Wallis

    Nigel Wallis , Obsolescence Advisor , Central Management Catalogue Agency (CMCA)

    12:20 Harmonising European Military Airworthiness Requirements

    Carl Garvie

    Carl Garvie, Airworthiness and Certification Officer, European Defence Agency

    • Introduction to EDA efforts
    • Challenges to harmonisation
    • Formation of European Military Joint Airworthiness Authority
    • Outlook for the EMJAA

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Effect of European Military Airworthiness Requirements

    Rustom Sutaria

    Rustom Sutaria, Aviation Consultant, Aviation Resourcing & Consultancy (ARC-Aero)

    • Implementation of EMARs within the UK military airworthiness regulatory system
    • Impact to the UK MOD’s Maintenance Approved Organisation Scheme (MAOS)

    14:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Simon Place

    Simon Place, Course Director MSc Airworthiness, Cranfield University

    14:50 Afternoon Tea


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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    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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