DB Seabank Resort, Mellieha Bay, Malta
By popular demand the 2017 convention returned to Malta following the success of the 2016 event. A varied mix of sessions stretching from the USA to New Zealand, looking at safety, human factors and presentations focussed around the successes of 2016. These included the restoration of the Norwegian Star Fighter Project and the Red Arrows Asian Tour.
2017 Also saw the introduction of the Ann Vanderhagen Award for Innovation, following the tragic passing Ann earlier in the year. The inaugural award was presented to The Royal Air Force Air Cadets and the Royal International Air Tattoo, recognising the innovative way both organisations support each other to achieve their aims and promoting Youth in aviation.
Technology was also a focus area, looking at exploiting its use for organisation, safety and how to enhance the guest experience, which included activities for the delegates set up by Daniel Gonzales as part of his presentation on Transmedia.
Friday 3rd March
0900– Welcome and Arrangements—EAC Executive
0920– Opening Address—EAC Chairman
0930 Transmedia Content for Airshows— Daniel Gonzales
1000 The Aeropact Concept—Sebastian Golus & Aeropact Team
1015 Capturing the Youth of Today—Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, RAF Air Cadets
1045 Coffee Break
1115 Recovering from a Major Incident—Tony De Bruijn, Bronco Demo Team
1145 Red Arrows Asian Tour— Sqn Ldr Mike Ling RAF, RAFAT Red Arrows
1215 Fast Jet Pilots Seminar Feedback—Manolis Karahalios, EAC Board Member
1345 ICAS and Energy Towards the Crowd—John Cudahy, President ICAS
1415 Search and Rescue Demonstrations—Sqn Ldr Hugh Pierce RAF (Retd),
1445 Airshows, The New Zealand Perspective—Jeanette Lusty, New Zealand CAA
1515 Coffee Break
1545 Risk Assessment Plenary Session—Joe Ciliberti & Bob Dixon, EAC Board Members
1645 Norwegian CF104 Starfighter Project—Helge Andreassen
1715 Q&A Session and Dining Arrangements– EAC Executive
1730 Convention Day 1 Ends
1900-2300 Hayward Aviation Airshow Dinner
Saturday 4th March 2017
0900 Day 2 Opening
0905 ASSD+PL Airshow Safety Tracking Technology—Irek Fibingier and Wojciech Krupa
0935 Displaying Airbus Fly by Wire Aircraft—Claude Lilae, Airbus
1005 Drones The Good and Bad, FAI—Susan Schodel, Secretary General FAI
1035 Coffee Break
1115 Sunset Airshows—Geoffrey Buekenberghs, Sanicole International Airshow
1145 Military FDD– The Spanish Perspective—Colonel Pablo Guillen Garcia, SPAF MACOM
1215 Closing Address— Gilbert Buekenberghs, Chairman European Airshow Council
1230 Convention Closes.