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PROGRAMME


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.

This page is updated constantly so make sure to check regularly for updates!

Day One Tuesday 4 February 2020

08:30-09:00
Opening Session


10:00-11:00
Are FBOs still necessary?

Arthur Thomas - Market and Business Intelligence Manager, EBAA
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.


11:00-12:00
Will there be fair competition in ground handling?

Terry Yeomans​​​ - Programme Director IS-BAH, IBAC
Aija Veisa​​​ - Director, FBO Riga
European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
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?
11:00 - 12:00
Hot weather operations, dealing with a hot summer

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

As we are ramping up to the spring, and eventually the summer, it is important to switch adequately between cold and hot weather operations. With many Mediterranean operations , busy fly schedules and parking problems upcoming, learn here how to best prepare yourself for a hot summer!
12:30-13:30
Lunch Time
13:30-15:00
Looking at your future challenge, what's coming your way?

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.
13:30-14:30
IS-BAH improves your safety, learn how!

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?

Laura Pierallini - Partner, Studio Pierallini
Nicolas Fischel - Lawyer, Chesneau-Fischel
Andreas Mundsinger - CEO, GBAA
Frédérique Jos - Lawyer, BRJ Advocates
Aeroporti di Roma Representative


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.
15:00-16:00
EASA might rule your ground handling

Joseph Azzaz - FBO Manager, Skyvalet
Terry Yeomans​​​ - IS-BAH Programme Director, IBAC
EASA Representative

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.
15:30-16:30
Operational case studies - Fuel contamination & Towing

Day Two Wednesday 5 February 2020

09:300-10:30
How Safety Management Systems (SMS) can change the way you operate for the better

Stéphane De Wolf​​​ - IS-BAO Operations Specialist, IBAC

Not yet fluent in the language of SMS or you want to brush up on the basics? This course will teach you the basics of Safety Management Ssytems and help you to understand the function, role and importance of developing and implementing a proper SMS.

SMS are mainly known as a way to identify hazards faced by an operator and to analyse associated risks. Mitigation options developed to eliminate identified hazards, or to manage risk to an acceptable level, are then incorporated into programs, systems, processes and procedures established by the operator. By means of using these safety assurance processes, operators can track SMS to ensure they are appropriate and effective.

Are you ready to change your operation for the better? Make sure you attend this session!
09:30-10:30
Find the opportunity in sustainability

Bruce Parry - Senior Environment Manager, EBAA
AIR BP Representative
Miles Thomas - Environment Manager, Farnborough Airport

Sustainability is known to many as a challenge for our on-demand non-scheduled aviation. Our industry has environmental externalities ranging from the global to the local, from atmospheric contributions to climate change to local noise around airports.

But what seems to be acceptable for a mass transport tool such as the airlines can be questionable for a more selective on-demand industry especially if you ask the average person on the street.
Creating a sustainable future for our industry and limiting its impact on the climate and on communities, is then a most important priority for our industry.

What do you know about sustainability? Is your organisation sustainable? Attend this session to learn how you can find the business opportunities in being sustainable.


10:30-11:30
Satellites keep the light on! Keeping those regional airports open

Carmen Aquilera - Aviation Market Development Officer, European GNNS Agency
Marilyn Bastin​​​ -  Manager Environment & Procedure Design, SKEYES
Vanessa Rullier - Senior Manager ATM & Special Projects, EBAA 

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.
10:30-11:30
IS-BAO put in practice - How can the standard improve your operations safety and efficiency

Stephane DeWolf - IS-BAO Operations Specialist, IBAC

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, is a recommended code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism.

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-BAO
12:30-13:30
Lunchtime
13:30-:14:30
PNR: Who do you fly and how to record?

Belarmino Gonçalves Paradela - Senior Manager Economic and Operational Activities, EBAA
Stéphane Levy - Executive Vice President, PAXGOV
Renny Cichella - Director Ground Operations, Global Jet Concept SA

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 Business Aviation Operators.

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
Do I comply with new taxes?

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.
14:30-15:30
How to become a sustainable Airport and FBO

Bruce Parry - Senior Environment Manager, EBAA
Airport Council International Representative
Skyvalet
European Commission

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.

Green Airports aims to develop strategies and solutions for a more eco-efficient, sustainable and green regional aviation. Tackling the challenges of regional accessibility, sustainability and regulation Green Airports is modeled to decrease green house gas and noise emissions as well as operation specific waste volumes, to increase energy efficiency and surface accessibility of airports by innovative concepts on public transportation.
14:30-15:30
Saving the most fuel: strategies and techniques

Robert Baltus​​​ Chief Operations Officer, EBAA

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.

Fuel prices vary greatly depending on the location, but less known is the variance between chosen method of fuel delivery and payment.

Are you a pilot, working in a flight department or as a scheduler and dispatcher and want to become better at fuel uplift planning? In this course you will learn about the technical aspects of jet fuel so that you can monitor the quality and specifications of the fuel, examine the pricing formulae and pricing structure to enable operators to choose the right supplier in a particular location, and fuel suppliers to better understand the priorities of the operators.