CONFERENCE DAY ONE

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM HOST NATION OPENING ADDRESS: OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF TYPHOON TRAINING IN THE RAF

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE IN CONTEMPORARY WARFARE; THE CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF’S VISION FOR FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

· Increasing professionalism of aircrew to meet the security imperatives
· Examining the ongoing for the acquisition of the Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft to enhance flight training capacity among other acquisitions
· Balancing the enormous cost of aircraft acquisition and maintenance whilst still managing an efficient and cost-effective flight training syllabus

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM OUTSOURCING FLIGHT TRAINING TO ENHANCE INTEROPERABILITY AND PILOT PERFORMANCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA

· Examining Bulgaria’s role in multinational training exercises and evaluating the potential for expanding regional fast jet training schemes
· Assessing joint procurement opportunities to optimise training costs and identifying the main criteria for trainer aircraft
· Upgrading pilot training interoperability in a resource-constrained environment

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM A FRENCH AIR FORCE PERSPECTIVE ON HOW TO TRAIN TO MAKE THE MOST OF LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT

· The role of the LCA in the French Air Force and it’s current operational usages
· How can pilots be best trained to operate LCA effectively in counter insurgency operations
· French Air Force concepts and doctrine change

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM ACQUIRING A NEW LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT AS PART OF WIDER PLANS TO BETTER TAILOR COMBAT CAPABILITIES TO MEET CURRENT AND FUTURE THREATS AND SERVE AS A LEAD-IN FIGHTER TRAINER PLATFORM

· Examination of current LCA and training aircraft capability
· A single-engined, supersonic platform to augment its fleets of single-seat BAE Systems Hawk and twin-engined Boeing F/A-18D Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30 ‘Flanker’ fighters
· RMAF training syllabus: how will increased training flight hour capacity be supplemented with synthetic training solutions?

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM EXAMINING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE PILOT TRAINING CAPABILITY OF THE ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE

· Replacing Royal Thai Air Force’s fleet of Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainers
· How will a third batch of Korea Aerospace Industries KAI T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand – additional to the two batches already signed for – improve the RTAF’s pilot training capacity?
· Analysis of the current and future RTAF flight training syllabus

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM OPERATIONAL TRAINING AND MISSION READINESS PRIORITIES OF THE ITALIAN SPECIAL FORCES AIR MOBILITY COMMAND

· Analysis of Italian SF Air Mobility Command and it’s pilot training programme for preparing aircrew for austere operations
· Human factors when training aircrew for special forces operations
· Feedback from recent operations and training exercises

8:00 AM - AM AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING

8:00 AM - AM BELGIAN AIR COMPONENT PILOT TRAINING: AIR COMPONENT COMPETENCE CENTRE PERSPECTIVE

· Overview of current CC Air flight training syllabus and capability. Consisting of 5th Squadron and 9th Squadron which both operate the SF 260 ‘M’ & ‘D’ models.
· Providing Phase II pilot training (5th Squadron) to the student pilots of the Belgian Air Component
· Adapting basic pilot training to the demands of the potential future operating environment

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSIONS: INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS & TRAINING SERVICE PROVISION

· Exploring the practicality and viability of pooling and sharing flight training resources – when is it most appropriate to implement this strategy?
· How far reliant should Air Forces be on training service provision and how can these types of services be used efficiently to increase flight training capacity?
  • How can industry help to aid with potential joint procurements, shared training centers and service provision solutions?

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY ONE