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2015 Convention

Raddisson Blu Hotel, Antwerp, Belgium


The 2015 Convention was held over the 12th- 14th March 205 in the City of Diamonds - Antwerp, Belgium.  The convention focussed on a variety of topics with a key focus around security at events following a year plagued by acts of violence and Terrorism across Europe.

We were privileged to be joined by a host of speakers from across 12 different nations, including an inspirational presentation from 'The Jetman' Yyves Rossy. 

Thursday 12th March 2015

1200-1700 Display Directors Seminar (Pre Booked Places), British Air Display Association

1400-1730 Fast Jet Display Pilots Seminar, Led by Manolis Karahalios

1900-2030 Official Reception  & Buffet

Friday 13th March 2015

0900 Welcome and Introduction of the Delegates, Charles Skiera – Executive

0930 Official Welcome and Chairman’s Introduction, Gilbert Buekenberghs EAC Chair

0945 BAF100 – Belgian Air Force Days 2014,Colonel Paul Desair BAF

1015 Pilot Experiences – The Jetman Yyves Rossy

1045 Coffee Break

1115 Running an Airshow on a Limited Budget –Dawlish Airshow

1145 Your Friend? – Social Media, Gareth Stringer Dep Editor – Global Aviation Resource

1215 Report from the Fast Jet Pilots Seminar, Manolis Karahalios

1230 Lunch ,Windows of Antwerp Restaurant

1350 FAI and the FAI World Air Games 2015 Dubai ,Susan Schoedel FAI Sec General

1430 Air14 Payerne – Making the Magic, Colonel Ian Logan Swiss Air Force

1500 Coffee Break

1530 Airshows – The Police Perspective, Chief Inspector Phil Vickers Lincolnshire Police

1600 Airshows – Counter Terrorism ,Stephen Thompson EMSOU Special Branch, UK

1630 Airshows – Running an Airshow in a high security Environment, Perttu Karivalo

1700 Questions for the Panel – Policing and Security, Led by the Executive

1720 Debrief and Dining Arrangements, EAC Executive

1730 End of Day 1 Convention


1915 Hayward’s Airshow Dinner


1915 Pre Dinner Drinks

1930 Sit Down

1945 – 2300 Dinner, Awards Presentations & Raffle

2300 Retire to Bar


Saturday 14th March 2015

0900 Welcome & Arrangements, Executive

0910 Aire75 – 75 years of the Spanish Air Force, General  Javier Arnaiz

0930 EGAST Update of EASA Regulations, James Black

0945 Pilot Experiences – Tinnitus? No, it's the air ambulance! Maximum profile, minimum authorisation; Squeezing the most out of a role demo. - Capt Paul Smith Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

1000 Evening Airshows – A US Perspective, Gale Rawitzer California International Airshow

1030 Coffee Break


1110 Safety Review of the 2014 Season, Capt Hans Rahman Lufthansa / Stiftung MayDay

1140 British Air Display Association Update, John Turner BADA Chairman

1155 What does the Swiss CAA look for in a great Airshow? Joerg Thurnheer

1210 EAC Future and Closing Address Gilbert Buekenberghs EAC Chairman

1230 2015 Convention Close

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