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08:00 - 17:30Registration Desk open

Foyer II
08:30 - 09:30Airline and Airport CEOs’ Breakfast – by invitation only

Foyer II
09:30 - 11:30Airline and Airport CEOs’ Meeting – by invitation only

Including presentations from Eamonn Brennan, Director General, Eurocontrol on ATM developments and challenges for the future and Filip Cornelis, Director Aviation and International Transport Affairs, European Commission on European Commission’s airport capacity and connectivity index.

Ballroom C, D
12:00 - 13:45Welcome Networking Lunch

Foyer II
13:45 - 15:15OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND CONFERENCE SESSION 1

Keynote Address by Andrew Kelly, President, ERA

CONFERENCE SESSION 1
The imminent challenges and threats to our business

This forthcoming year is certain to provide a series of regulatory and political challenges. With the countdown to the UK’s exit from the EU fast approaching and a number of new political European elections imminent, the aviation landscape is sure to continue to change during this complex and uncertain time. Brexit, competition, rising costs and insolvency are just some of the major topics to be discussed during this panel discussion; what really is the new recipe for success in our business?
This session will be chaired by ERA’s Director General, Montserrat Barriga, and will include inspirational and thought-provoking commentary from our panel of airline leaders:

Ballroom A,B,C,D
15:15 - 16:00Coffee Break

Foyer II
16:00 - 17:30CONFERENCE SESSION 2

Industry skills shortage - a modern day crisis for our industry?
As talks continue of an industry skills shortage, the regional sector in Europe is already feeling the full effects of this critical situation. Pilot loss to legacy and low-cost carriers seems to be one of the major factors contributing to this problem as well as shortages in maintenance staff. What can be done to change this? How can we keep the pilots we have invested in and attract a new generation into the maintenance sector? Is this really a global problem or a regional one, or is our industry just not that appealing anymore?  This session will be chaired by  Andrew Kelly, President, ERA and will include presentation and an informative debate by:

‘Future pilot shortage solutions’
András Farkas, Training and Operations Director, PHARMAFLIGHT

‘The impact of the pilot shortage’
Miguel Vaz Pinto, Technical Coordinator Director, TAP Express operated by Portugália Airlines

'Attracting the next generation into the business'
Paul Conway, Group Managing Director, Qualitair

Ballroom A,B,C,D
18:30 - 20:00Cocktail Reception

Foyer II
08:30 - 14:00Registration Desk open

Foyer II
09:00 - 10:30CONFERENCE SESSION 3

Brexit–now, tomorrow and beyond
With the 2019 Brexit deadline in sight, what is the latest situation for aviation following this historic referendum, and what is the future for our industry? The session will be chaired by Graham Baguley, Operations Director, Titan Airways and Chair of ERA’s Industry Affairs Group and will include participation from the following panel of industry experts:

Ballroom A,B,C,D
10:30 - 11:15Coffee Break

Foyer II
11:15 - 12:30CONFERENCE SESSION 4

ERA is delighted to announce this year’s inspirational speaker Diana Gomes Da Silva. At 21, Diana became the youngest and first Portuguese female aerobatic pilot and this was followed by a career as a commercial airline pilot flying all over the European skies. Diana was the youngest female Airbus instructor, the youngest female instructor of Airbus in the Middle East, the first aerobatic instructor in the UAE and manager of the biggest UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training) training programme in the world for Etihad Airway’s flight college.
 
Diana will share with us her experiences as a commercial airline pilot and guide us through a real emergency she had where both engines partially failed. She will also reveal her game-changing philosophy of addressing training, including managing unexpected events and stresses, human factors and computer interfaces, decision-making and communication and the challenges of operating in a multicultural environment.

Ballroom A,B,C,D
12:30 - 14:00Networking Lunch

Foyer II