SMi Group’s 21st Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference Goes Virtual

Top Quote SMi Group Reports: The annual conference in December will no longer take place in Seville, Spain. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 16, 2020 - In light of on-going developments with COVID-19, SMi Group have decided to move the 21st Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on the 1st-2nd December 2020, to a fully online, virtual experience. It is the safest approach for the well-being of the event’s global audience and a virtual event will make it possible to broaden the learning opportunities and engagement with the industry during this time.

    SMi Group have confirmed that the Virtual Conference Platform will provide delegates and sponsors with the following:

    • FULL CUSTOMISATION – the ability to set up a virtual profile and build a personal agenda for the event by choosing preferred sessions
    • NEXT-LEVEL NETWORKING – view and connect with other attendees, chat with individuals, and join open chat rooms
    • SPONSOR VISIBILITY – the virtual system has interactive exhibition features and includes plentiful opportunities for sponsorship exposure

    All attendance by military and government personnel will be free of charge and commercial organisation can register for £999. Register at

    Attendees will be able to participate virtually in vital conversations within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift, rapid response and delivery capability, airlift to support COVID-19 response, and many more.

    The two-day agenda is packed with insightful presentations from the following senior military figures, including:

    Day One - 1st December 2020
    • Lieutenant Colonel Jose Ramon Garcia Paniagua, A400M Wing, Spanish Air Force
    • Group Captain Doz James, Deputy Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    • Colonel Sergio Heitor Carpinteiro Peres, Commander 204 Squadron, Brazilian Air Force
    • Brigadier General Olivier Fabre, Commander, Air Mobility Command, French Air Force
    • Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    • Mr Philippe Martou, Chief Preparedness - OSEP, World Food Programme
    • Mr James Olden, Chief of Current Operations for Aviation Energy Policy, US Air Force
    • Colonel Troy Pananon, Wing Commander, 100 Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force

    Day Two - 2nd December 2020
    • Colonel Luca Tonello, Joint Coordination Cell Chief, Emergency Covid 19 — Technical board at the Civil Protection Department — Airlift support, Italian Air Force
    • Group Captain Philip Arnold, Senior Air Staff Officer, HQ 38 Group, Royal Air Force
    • Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Chief, Operations, MCCE
    • Confirmed Representative, Name to be Announced, European Air Transport Command
    • Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    • Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, CO SALCC, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS)
    • Colonel Fernando Raimundo Martinez, Commander, European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC)
    • Colonel Deanna Franks, Commandant, AATTC, US Air Force

    The brochure including the full speaker line-up and presentation details is available to download at

    Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling
    1st-2nd December 2020
    Virtual Conference
    Gold Sponsor: Embraer
    Sponsors and Exhibitors: Boeing, Leonardo, Mitiga Solutions and TLD Group

    SMi Group offer direct access to key decision makers through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages. For details, please contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or email smalick ( @ ) smi-online dot co dot uk dot

    For delegate enquiries, please contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email jhitchen ( @ ) smi-online dot co dot uk

    About SMi Group:
    Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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