Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference 2024

Central and Eastern Europe's Leading Military Helicopter Technology Conference

May 15-16, 2024 - Prague, Czech Republic

We are proud to present our 9th annual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference, on the 15 - 16 of May 2024, in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference will provide you with the perfect platform to assist and share vital knowledge to helicopter program managers and practitioners, as well as technical experts and system integrators.

Rotary platforms remain a key asset for supporting operations on land, sea, and air. But due to the increasing distinct pressures faced by legacy rotary platforms of the Central and Eastern Europe states, NATO's Eastern Flank faces a critical juncture for maintaining effectiveness across all operational capabilities supported by their fleets.

Therefore, our focused regional conference provides a unique forum to ensure the continued sustainment, cost-effective modernisation, and interoperability of helicopter technology in the region.

Reasons why you can't afford to miss this:

  • Unmatched direct access to Air Force and Army Rotary Platform Officers
  • A unique focus on multipurpose helicopter technology and joint force interoperability
  • Regional Perspectives regarding procurement, upgrades, maintenance, and training
  • High level discussions featuring technical managers and project engineers from military as well as industry tackling the key challenges which face helicopter technology production, procurement, utilisation, and maintenance
  • Informal networking time so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional helicopter programmes today

Who should attend

National militaries:
  • Air Force Officers
  • Army and Naval Aviation Officers
  • Air Base Officers
  • Rotary Platform Engineers
  • Procurement Officers
  • Aerospace Business seeking direct contact with regional decision-makers
  • Aerospace developers and innovators seeking to understand the requirements and anticipate future developments in the markets
Air Force Commanders, Deputy Air Force Commanders and operational level Commanders of key helicopter programmes and air wings will be discussing high-level topics such as platform modernisation and upgrades, regional cooperation and interoperability, national security priorities, the challenges of integrating new platforms, and much more.

Featured Speakers

  • Brigadier General Ferdinant Dimo, Commander, Albanian Air Force
  • Brigadier General Jaroslav Falta, Commander, 24th Air Transportation Base, Czech Air Force
  • Brigadier General Luca Piperni, Deputy Department Director, 4th Department, National Armaments Directorate, Italian MoD
  • Brigadier General Wolfgang Luttenberger, Commander, Aviation Support Brigade, Austrian Armed Forces
  • Captain Dennis Monagle, Program Manager, Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (PMA-266), US Navy Air Systems Command (USNAVAIR)
  • Colonel Dr Tamás Bali, Commander, 86 Helicopter Wing, Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF)
  • Colonel Guido Krahl, Branch Chief Army Aviation, German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre (ACCDC)
  • Colonel Jorge Inácio, Commander, Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC)
  • Colonel Kresimir Razov, Commander, 93rd Wing, Croatian Air Force
  • Colonel Pierre Madej, Head of the Capacity Development Office, French Air and Space Force
  • Colonel Ryan Kendall, Commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army Europe
  • Colonel Stefan Okos, Commander 51st Helicopter Wing Prešov, Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
  • Colonel Zsolt Simon, Deputy Commander, 86 Helicopter Wing, Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF)
  • Commodore Steve Jose, Head, UK Military Flight Training Systems (UKMFTS) Portfolio, UK Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Paolo Trotta, CEO & Founder, ED Mission Systems SA
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrius Stuknys, Commander, Maintenance Depot, Lithuanian Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Hoogsteder, Head Section Cougar, Caracal & SOFAIR, Helicopter Operations Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Emmanouil Pouliopoulos, 384 SAR Squadron Commander, Hellenic Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jaakko Kauppinen, Head of Army Aviation, Finnish Defence Force (FDF)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Miha Vencelj, Commander, 151st Rotary Wing Squadron, Air Force and Air Defence, Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF)
  • Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorák, Formely Deputy Chief of General Staff, Czech Armed Forces and Defence & Security Consultant, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.
  • Mr Cyril Heckel, Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) Programme Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
  • Mr Daniele Cucchi, Aviation Support Programme Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
  • Mr Jas Hawker, Nation Flight Training Europe (NFTE) Principal Officer, Aviation Support Programme, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
  • Mr José Pablo Romera, Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency (EDA)
  • Rear Admiral Giancarlo Ciappina, Director, 6th Naval Aviation Department and Commander, Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
  • Senior Represenative, Air Doctrine and Standards Branch, NATO Allied Special Operations Forces Command (SOFCOM)

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Vienna House Andel's Prague
Stroupeznickeho 21, 15000
Prague, Czech Republic