International Speakers Announced for Defence Aviation Safety Conference 2020

  • Posted by Maria Ardael
  • November 21, 2019 9:12 AM GMT
SMi reports: A variety of exciting international presentations have been announced for the upcoming Defence Aviation Safety conference, which will convene in London next April.

As the only event solely dedicated to defence safety within military aviation, Defence Aviation Safety will offer a unique opportunity for leaders and experts to meet and share best practice that will save lives and protect capability.

Registration is live on the website and an early bird saving of £400 is available for bookings made before 13th December 2019:    

The two-day event, which will convene in London on the 23rd and 24th of April 2020, will host both UK and international military leaders and defence experts, providing delegates with the chance to network with and hear presentations from experts from around the world.

With this in mind, SMi Group are delighted to announce the following presentations from international speakers:

  • Delivering a Total Systems Approach to Safety in Aviation
    Presented by Major General Gunter Katz, Head of MAA, German Armed Forces
  • Strategic Update from The Air Force Safety Center: Safeguarding Airmen – Protecting Resources and Preserving Combat Readiness
    Presented by Major General John Rauch, Commander, US Air Force Safety Center, US Air Force

  • Delivering Safe Air Systems for The US Navy
    Presented by Rear Admiral Mark Leavitt, Commander, US Navy Safety Center

  • Strengthening Certification Processes to Ensure Successful Airworthiness of Key Aviation Assets
    Presented by Air Commodore Jason Agius, Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Armed Forces 
  • Maximising Air Capability and Safety Through Certification, Airworthiness and Training
    Presented by Colonel Anders Janson, Head of MAA, Swedish Armed Forces
  • The Royal Norwegian Air Force’s Safety Priorities
    Presented by Colonel Kjell Hauan, Flight Safety Inspector, Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Performance, Safety, Security and Interoperability of Air Platforms
    Presented by Christian Jaeggi, Head of Certification Office, Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, Armasuisse Aeronautical Systems


There will also be a panel discussion on ‘Military Aviation Safety and Cyber Resilience’ at the close of day 2, with panellists:

  • Major General John Rauch, Commander, US Air Force Safety Center, US Air Force
  • Major General Gunter Katz, Director General, German Military Aviation Authority
  • Colonel Anders Janson, Director, Military Aviation Authority, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
  • Richard Duriez, Armament & Aerospace Capabilities Directorate, NATO HQ


The full agenda and speaker line up can be viewed online at:    


Defence Aviation Safety Conference
23rd – 24th April 2020
London, UK


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