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SMi Group Ltd

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The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

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Fast Jet Pilot Training Eastern Europe - 12/05/2016

Czech Air Force Update: Latest developments on the new 2018 NATO International Joint Training Centre

Fast jet fighter capability is the mainstay of any air force; the ability to defend and control airspace is of paramount importance to any nation. Countries with smaller air forces are looking to improve interoperability to maximise the effectiveness of their jet fighter fleets. Furthermore, the Czech Air Force has announced it is actively seeking to establish an international training centre for regional pilots to meet that very demand with support from NATO by 2018.

Against this backdrop, SMi is proud to announce that Fast Jet Pilot Training Eastern Europe, taking place on 9th - 10th June 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, is being held with support from the Czech Air Force. The two-day event will provide the ideal platform to discuss the implementation of new technologies such as simulated flight training and new advanced trainer aircraft into current pilot training systems for improved interoperability amongst regional partners, as well as conversion to more modern fighter jets in the wake of higher operational demands.

Key presentations at Fast Jet Pilot Training Eastern Europe include:

1.     Overview of the New International Training Centre
Brigadier General Libor Stefanik, Commander, Czech Air Force
Brigadier General Libor Stefanik, Commander, Czech Air Force will discuss why the new centre is needed for the Eastern European region and how it will improve interoperability of NATO pilots during missions.

2.     The Czech Approach to Fast Jet Pilot Training
Colonel Petr Tomanek, Chief of Combat Training, Czech Air Force
Gain insight into the current synthetic training programmes in place to assist the training of new pilots, and find out what the Czech Air Force is doing to improve the capabilities of its fast jet pilots. Adaption of training regimes to meet increased pilot numbers, and the prospect of permanently buying and increasing Gripen numbers will also be highlighted.

3.     The Czech Air Force's Air Combat Capabilities
Colonel Petr Hromek, Commander of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Czech Air Force
Receive a case study oN Czech pilot participation in NATO Air Policing Missions and military operations abroad. Discussion will also be centred on the operational history of the Gripen in Czech service and how this has greatly enhanced Czech Air Defence capabilities.

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

Presentations from some of our sponsors include:

  • Feasibility and Sustainability of Jet Pilot Training in the 21st century - Jakub Fojtik, Head of Business Department - Defence & MRO Division, Aero Vodochody
  • Simulation and Air Force Integrated Training System - Ivo Gamba, Technical Director, VR Group
  • Training System Integration - Peter Eadie, Strategy & Business Development Manager Defence and Security, CAE
  • Contract Air Services: Building Partnership Aviation Capability - Saint Lehtinen, Business Development Director, Draken International
  • ACMI and EW Range Modernization: Maximizing Pilot Training With Diminishing Resources - Paul Vavra, Business Development, DRS Technologies

Plus, join us for the Complimentary Site Visit to Aero Vodochody's Production Facility:

At the end of Day One, SMi is proud to announce that our lead sponsor Aero Vodochody, will be hosting drinks reception and site visit, showcasing their latest aircraft models, including the L-39 GN, in their main hangar facility. Join us and network with leading jet training experts from the region in this unique and exciting environment.

With over 8 hours of networking, Fast Jet Pilot Training Eastern Europe provides the perfect platform to build strategic partnerships and secure future collaborations. Confirmed attendees include:

Aero Vodochody, Austrian Air Force, CAE, Czech Air Force, Czech Armed Forces, Czech MoD, Draken International, FMV, French Air Force, German Air Force, Lithuanian Air Force, Omnipol, Pilatus Aircraft, Polish Air Force, Portuguese Air Force, PRAMACOM-HT, Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, Royal, Danish Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Textron Aviation, UK MOD, University of Defence - Czech Republic, VR Group, plus many more.

To view the complete two-day agenda, visit

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