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Review the program schedule for Air Ops 2020 and learn more about the speakers and topics that will be covered this year in Brussels, Belgium.

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Day One Tuesday 4 February 2020

09:00-09:30
Networking Time and Welcome Coffee
09:30-10:00
Opening Session


10:00-11:00
Airports and FBOs state of the industry 
Convention Room 2

Moderator: 
Arthur Thomas Market and Business Intelligence Manager, EBAA

Panelists:
Richard Koe - Managing Director, WINGX Advance
Claire Leleu - STATFOR Forecasting Manager, EUROCONTROL

The FBO and airport industries are dynamic and ever-changing,
With potential slow-down in a near future what is and will be the impact on ground operations?
This session will offer unique insights into current and future market conditions for ground operations.


10:00-11:00
Operational case studies - Fuel contamination & Towing
Convention Room 3

Moderator:
Marc Pieters - Director Quality / EHS & Aviation Security Europe, Jet Aviation

Panelists:
Dan Holian - Head of Operations, Harrods Aviation Limited
Angelo Cassano - Manager Fueling Jet Aviation AG

"Recently, two accidents involving fuel contamination by diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) happened in US highlighting the risks of fuel contamination for aircraft operators, fixed-base operators (FBOs) and fuel suppliers. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the risks of DEF contamination and recent events in order to ensure your fuel stays uncontaminated. One of the riskiest phases of the ground operations is aircraft towing. Incidents during this phase often result in expensive damages to the airframe and ground the aircraft for long periods of time.
Ground damage events usually do not occur for a single reason but are rather a cumulation of errors, violations, latent factors and specific circumstances.
While ground damage incidents cannot be eliminated, their number can be reduced and impact on the safety of subsequent operations can be mitigated.
Attend this training session and learn how the industry standards a best practice can help you reduce this type of incidents.

Towing
One of the riskiest phases of the ground operations is aircraft towing. Incidents during this phase often result in expensive damages to the air frame and ground the aircraft for long periods. Ground damage events usually do not occur for a single reason but are rather a combination of errors or violations, latent factors and specific circumstances.
While ground damage incidents cannot be eliminated, their number can be reduced and impact on the safety of subsequent operations can be mitigated.
Attend this training session and learn how the industry standards an best practices can help you reduce this type of incidents."
11:00-11:30
Networking Time: Morning Coffee
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11:30-12:30
Will there be fair competition in ground handling?
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Athar Husain Khan​​​ - Secretary-General, EBAA

Panelists:
Terry Yeomans - Programme Director IS-BAH, IBAC
Aija Veisa - Director, FBO Riga
Pekka Hietanen - Policy Officer in DG Mobility and Transport (EU Commission)
Andreas Becker - CEO, German Aviation Service

The Ground-Handling Directive 96/67 opened ground-handling services to competition but failed to make provision for business aviation. As a result, many qualified ground-handlers across Europe are prevented from offering their services:

- What is the long-term plan for convincing EU institutions to adapt the directive and accommodate business aviation?
- How do we convince national authorities to offer more licences to qualified business aviation handlers?
- Should IS-BAH accreditation be a pre-requisite for receiving a ground-handling licence?
11:30 - 12:30
How tech adds value to your flights in the next 10 years
Convention Room 3

Moderator: 
Paolo Sommariva - CEO & Co-founder of Fl3XX and EBAA AMAC Chair

As aviation professionals we often fixate on aircraft innovations. But behind the scenes a technology upheaval is transforming business aviation through simplified flight planning, streamlined fuel purchasing and real time charter pricing.

In a Shark-Tank/Dragon’s Den style panel, 8 leading business aviation companies pitch how their companies are contributing to the tech revolution.
Attend this session to learn how technology will shape our industry’s future and make sure you are up to date

IT companies participating:

  • FlyEasy Software
  • myairops
  • FL3XX
  • SKYLEGS
  • RDC Aviation Ltd
  • PRIMUS

12:30-13:30
Lunch Time
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13:30-15:00
Looking at your future challenge, what's coming your way?
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Robert Baltus - Chief Operations Officer, EBAA

Aviation regulations and requirements are constantly evolving. It is becoming more and more complicated for operators to research the regulations and procedures governing their planned route of flight and destination before taking off.

Attend this info session and learn from the experts about the upcoming emerging issues that will affect our industry over the next 12 months in each specific region:

  • Africa and the Middle East
    • Abdul Charafeddin
  • Russia and the CIS
    • Anna Serezhkina
  • Europe
    • Manon Woitellier
  • North America
    • Jeppesen Speaker TBC
  • 2020:  World Expo, Olympics and Women's World Cup
    • Jason Hayward
 
13:30-14:30
IS-BAH improves your safety, learn how!
Convention Room 3

Instructor:
Terry Yeomans - Programme Director IS-BAH, IBAC

Since its launch in 2014, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) already made over 150 locations around the world safer and more efficient.

The Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), designed to be fully scalable, present a progressive step-by-step approach to implementing an integrated management system which is built around a safety management core.

Learn how the standard can not only increase your safety records but also increase your
efficiency by providing you the state-of-the-art operational practices by speaking with representatives and professionals from IS-BAH and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
14:30-15:30
Why are you paying too much tax?
Convention Room 3

Moderator:
Giulia Mauri - Lawyer and Chair of EBAA AMAC Lawyer Subcommittee

Panelists:
Francesco Grassetti​​​ - Partner, Studio Pierallini
Nicolas Fischel - Lawyer, Chesneau-Fischel
Tobias Konik - Chief Executive, FCC Aviation

Across Europe a raft of taxes unfairly penalises business aviation. As an industry, how do we ensure that business aviation is fairly treated? This panel dives deep into distincting ourselves from commercial flights, the Italian Aero-Taxi tax and positioning flight exemptions.
15:30-16:00
Networking Time: Afternoon Coffee
16:00-17:00
EASA might rule your ground handling
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Belarmino Gonçalves Paradela​​​ - Senior Manager Economic and Operational Activities, EBAA

Panelists:
Adina Szőnyi - Regulations Assistant, Air Operations, EASA
Terry Yeomans - IS-BAH Programme Director, IBAC
Marc Pieters​​​ - Director Quality / EHS & Aviation Security Europe, Jet Aviation

The new EASA Basic Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 extend the Agency’s mandate to regulate ground operations and oversight of these activities. This has triggered a series of rule-making activities that will result in a series of rules to regulate some aspects of the ground operations. What rules are going to be published, when? How will this impact your daily operations?
Get ready for the change and attend this panel so you rule your own ground handling!
17:00-20:00
Belgium Delights and Aviation! An exclusive evening of cultural discovery 

Belgium has earned a reputation for culinary creativity and brewing diversity. But what’s less known is its storied aviation heritage.

To showcase this; some of Belgium’s leading business aviation companies invite you to an inspired evening to discover some key aspects of its airplane-making tradition.

More information can be found here

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Day Two Wednesday 5 February 2020

09:00-09:30
Networking Time: Welcome Coffee
09:30-10:30
Safety Management Systems basics
Convention Room 3

Instructor:
Stéphane De Wolf - IS-BAO Operations Specialist, IBAC

Not yet fluent in the language of SMS, or you just want to brush up on the fundamentals? Want to avoid or get rid of a paper tiger in your organisation? This session will take Safety Management Systems from the ground up, cover what works and what doesn’t and help you acquire a deeper understanding of SMS.
10:00-11:00
Satellites keep the light on! Keeping those regional airports open
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Vanessa Rullier - Senior Manager ATM & Special Projects, EBAA

Panelists:
Carmen Aquilera - Aviation Market Development Officer, European GNNS Agency
Marilyn Bastin -  Manager Environment & Procedure Design, SKEYES
Walter Dierick - Training Manager (NPH) and Freelance Pilot
Pavel Ptacek​​​ - Advanced R&D Scientist, Principle Investigator/Project Manager, Honeywell

Modern instrument approach procedures give regional airports a cost-effective way to cater to IFR regional and business aviation traffic. However, across Europe, ANSPs and CAA’s sometimes face difficulties approving them.

Contribute to the debate on convincing authorities of the benefits of GPS based approaches and learn how best to work together with airports and FBOs to make your case.
11:00-11:30
Networking Time: Morning Coffee
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11:30-12:30
Illegal Charter, What's the threat?
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Robert Baltus - Chief Operations Officer, EBAA

Panelists:
Mike Ryan - Commercial and Operations Director, Fly Victor
Joel Hencks - Managing Director, AeroEx
Dave Edwards - CEO, The Air Charter Association
​​James Moreton - Client Executive Director, Hayward Aviation

Illegal air charter is a serious business threat to legitimate charter AOC holders that is often difficult to identify due to the use of deceptive and convoluted agreements that ultimately put unwitting customers in danger.

EBAA has started a joined initiative with associations around the globe to combat illegal charter by making rules clearer and educate operators, authorities, brokers and the travelling public. Listen to the panelists discussing the issues at hand and how you can help to ensure our passengers receive the standards and service they pay for.
11:30-12:30
IS-BAO review and industry feedback
Convention Room 3

Instructor:
Stephane DeWolf - IS-BAO Operations Specialist, IBAC

How did the others do with their IS-BAO implementation and in particular on SMS? Were there any particular issues and how did the operators solve them?
12:30-13:30
Lunchtime
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13:30-:14:30
PNR - The BIG issue that most operators are not aware of: how to comply and avoid huge fines
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Belarmino Gonçalves Paradela - Senior Manager Economic and Operational Activities, EBAA

Panelists:
Stéphane Levy - Executive Vice President, PAXGOV
Alfred Ebbers - Head of Dispatch, Global Jet Concept SA
Aleksander Goszczycki - Managing Director Defense Department, Matic
Charlotte Rendle - Strategic Partnerships and Data Services, RDC Aviation
Pawel Kruk - Co-Founder & CEO, Leon Software

Passenger name record (PNR) data is the personal information provided by passengers and collected and held by the operators. Since 2016 a European Directive obliges all the air operators to provide member states' authorities with all the PNR data for flights entering or departing from the EU and possibly PNR data concerning selected intra-EU flights. Imposed first to the air carrier operators this Directive will be shortly imposed to all Business Aviation Operators.

Most operators think that they comply by sending passenger information to the FBO but is that correct? Are you ready to comply with this directive? What information do you need to transmit? What countries will ask this information? What is the procedure? Is there any system/automation procedure to transmit this data? What is the position of the association on this specific issue? Attend this panel to make sure you comply!
13:30-14:30
Saving the most fuel: strategies and techniques
Convention Room 3

Adam Poulton​​​ - Fuel Efficiency Consultant, Jeppesen

Representing close to 30% of all direct operating costs, fuel is one of the largest expenditures in operations and therefore an important component in the management of a fleet.

Using Flight and Fuel Optimization services, you can gain clearer insight and control into how you can balance two of your most precious resources – fuel and time. This presentation will give you insight in how the commercial airlines work on lower their fuel exposure, you can see significant savings in cost and significant gains in efficiency through data-driven decision making that helps optimize operation total costs and customer satisfaction.

Are you a pilot, working in a flight department or as a scheduler and dispatcher and want to become better at fuel uplift planning? See if the best practices from the Commercial Aviation industry discussed can help you in Business Aviation.
14:30-15:00
Networking Time: EBAA Board of Governors Coffee

Meet the EBAA Board members and learn about what the EBAA is working on or share your thoughts with them in a casual environement
15:00-16:30
How to become a sustainable Airport and FBO
Convention Room 2

Moderator:
Bruce Parry - Senior Environment Manager, EBAA

Panelists:
Tom Parsons - Low Carbon - Commercial Development Manager, Air BP
Miles Thomas​​​ - Environment Manager, Farnborough Airport
Laura Casati​​​ - Online Marketing Manager & OYW Ambassador, GlobeAir
Charlotte Pruvot​​​ - Air Climate & Energy Officer, Aeroports de la Côte d'Azur (ACA)
Stuart Donnelly​​​ - Senior Director - Group international Sales Europe / USA
 
Small and medium sized airports are crucial for regional accessibility and competitiveness, however at the same time European policies and national set strict environment targets.
15:00-16:00
Do I comply with new taxes?
Convention Room 3

Instructor:
Tobias Konik​​​ - Chief Executive, FCC Aviation

Currently, business jet operators are subject to 11 different aviation taxes in 7 countries and the situation is called to get even more complex in the future.

Those responsible for aviation tax compliance namely schedules, flight dispatchers, directors of flight and ground operations or managers working in the flight, ground operations or OCC departments will be interested in this session.

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