30 January - 1 February 2018 | London, UK

Readiness Focus Day: Training & Safety

10:30 am - 11:30 am Registration & Welcome Coffee

11:30 am - 11:40 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

11:40 am - 1:25 pm Table-Top Scenario: Optimising Rotary Assets In Collective Emergency Planning & Response

Colonel Vassil Roussinov, Director,Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE
Helicopters are a vital asset for emergency response and disaster relief. However, rotary missions are dangerous, especially in a congested air space, so planning, training and mutually agreed operational procedures are critical in ensuring safety and effectiveness in disaster environments.

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to think critically from the mission planning stage about how to conduct a successful disaster relief mission with multiple civil agencies and allied nations. Key topics that workshop participants will focus on include:

•    How to seamlessly integrate aerial assets, both manned and unmanned, into a unified collective response
•    Understand what on-board systems are both necessary and needed to support emergency response missions
•    Explore the relationship between military and civil agencies and build a concept of operations that unites these groups into a collective mission
•    Building a common operating picture through integrated data collection via rotary assets
•    SAR and extraction in hostile, degraded or exposed environments


Colonel Vassil Roussinov

Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch & Networking

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm How to Build a Flight School

Major General Frank Muth, Program Manager,U.S. Army
•    Training as a barometer for readiness across the force
•    Building a training infrastructure from the ground up for the Saudi Arabian National Guard
•    The challenges in delivery of large-scale training programmes
•    Achieving optimal training processes through the right balance of live and synthetic
•    What training challenges arise from the integration of more complex on-board systems?


Major General Frank Muth

Program Manager
U.S. Army

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Crew Training In The Royal Netherlands Air Force: Balancing Live And Synthetic

Squadron Leader Roland Blankenspoor, Head of Crew Training, Defence Helicopter Command,Royal Netherlands Air Force
•    RNAF crew training infrastructure
•    Current challenges in increasing training rates and enhancing readiness
•    Training Helicopter Door Gunners and the use of the new simulator to reduce costs


Squadron Leader Roland Blankenspoor

Head of Crew Training, Defence Helicopter Command
Royal Netherlands Air Force

3:40 pm - 4:55 pm Protection And Performance: Human Factors & Medicine Panel 252 NATO Research Task Group On Aircrew Neck Pain

Dr Philip Farrell, Defence Scientist, DRDC &,Chair, NATO Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) Panel HFM-252 Research Task Group (RTG)
There is growing evidence to suggest that neck pain is becoming a significant health risk to helicopter pilots in the contemporary training and operational environment. This health risk has been compounded by longer mission hours and the wearing of both NVGs and HUDs. NATO nations are beginning to examine this issue with greater urgency, and are developing mitigation strategies to resolve it. As such, NATO has formed a Research Task Group to unify these approaches. Industry is, too, exploring this challenge and are looking at both helmets and displays to help find a solution. This specialist panel, led by the Chair of the Task Group, will provide the audience with valuable insight into how this research is developing, case study results, and future plans for risk mitigation.

Dr Philip Farrell

Defence Scientist, DRDC &
Chair, NATO Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) Panel HFM-252 Research Task Group (RTG)

4:55 pm - 6:25 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks and Cocktail Reception