07:45 - 09:00
Delegates Arrival & Registration
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome Address
A/Professor Lim Yeow Khee
President, Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers
A View on Innovation I
Moderated by A/Professor Lim Yeow Khee, President, Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers
09:05 - 09:35
Keynote 1: "Ideation, incubation, innovation: a real-life experience"
Mr. Jean-Brice Dumont
Executive Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technical Office, Airbus Helicopters

Going from the idea to the product and transforming ideas into value, are true innovation challenges. In his keynote address, Jean-Brice Dumont will present real-life innovation processes in place at Airbus for the helicopters.

09:35 - 10:05
Keynote 2: "Bell Helicopter: A journey of Innovation"
Mr. J Scott Drennan
Director of Engineering Innovation, Bell Helicopter

For the past 80 years, innovative teams of Bell Helicopter employees have imagined, flown and fielded vertical lift aircraft that have disrupted the markets of their time.

10:05 - 10:35
Keynote 3: "What drives 21st century Turboshafts engines?"
Mr. Pascal Dauriac
Research and Technology Director, Safran Helicopter Engines

Between 2020 and 2050, helicopter engines manufacturers will undergo significant technological advances to produce engines ever more performant, safe, less fuel consuming and less polluting. To meet these challenges, innovation will be essential in different areas:

10:35 - 11:00
Innovation Viewpoints (Keynote Discussion Panel)
11:00 - 11:30
Networking Tea Break
Panel 1: Innovation in MRO
Moderated by Mr. Christophe Nurit, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Sikorsky
11:30 - 11:50
Panel Talk 1: "Using Data to Drive Innovative MRO Solutions in Light Helicopter Engines"
Mr. Manny Atwal
Vice-president & General Manager, Helicopter Programs, StandardAero

Engine MRO providers would typically prefer to provide a one-size-fits-all solution for their customers making their approach to engine maintenance easier to manage. What if this 'cookie-cutter' solution is not for you as your mission profile is different than other operators?

11:50 - 12:10
Panel Talk 2: "MRO technology for Safety within the rotary wing industry"
Mr. Craig Pluim
Vice President, Rotary Wings Sales, Vector Aerospace Corporation

Presentation will consist of new safety related products and innovativeness within the rotary wing industry.

12:10 - 12:40
MRO Panel Discussion
12:40 - 13:40
Networking Lunch
Panel 2: Innovation in Mission Critical Services (MCS)
Moderated by Associate Professor Dr. Eicher Low, Programme Director, Engineering Cluster, Singapore Institute of Technology
13:40 - 14:00
Panel Talk 1
Mr. Ian McLuskie
Senior Manager, Business Development Search and Rescue, CHC Helicopters

Most National SAR programmes are based on military helicopter capability however there are alternative commercial models.

14:00 - 14:20
Panel Talk 2: "Applying innovation in aeromedical rotorcraft completion"
Mr. Roland Hengartner
CEO, Aerolite AG

Innovation for Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) requires the input from the market and a clearly defined development phase. Operators have to fulfil missions with safety first, therefore the medical systems must be developed according to current regulation and mandated standards.

14:20 - 14:40
Panel Talk 3: "Revolutionising HEMS Operations Through An Innovative Modular Light-Weight EMS Solution"
Mr. Gareth Dyer
CEO/Head of Design, GVH Aerospace

Compared to Europe and North America, the ratio of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) aircraft per million people in Asia is extremely low. As Asian economies develop and become increasingly urbanised, the population’s expectations for better medical care will grow correspondingly. Hence, the HEMS fleet in Asia is set to go through a rapid growth phase as countries begin to develop and expand their domestic HEMS network.

14:40 - 15:10
MCS Panel Discussion
15:10 - 15:30
Networking Tea Break
Panel 3: : Innovation in Training & Simulation
Moderator: tbc
15:30 - 15:50
Panel Talk 1: "Application of Flight Simulation in Rotary Flight Training Systems"
Mr. Edward Choice
Senior Manager, Business Development Asia Pacific, CAE

Recent advances in technologies and regulations have lead to more accurate reproductions of both helicopter performance and training environments within modern flight simulation systems. For training managers, it can be compelling to oversimplify the application of such flight training devices to maximise the use of simulation in order to reduce training cost. The thoughtful assignment of competencies within an holistic training system and not just to the synthetic environments, mitigates against the risk of negative habit transfer and improves the quality of training.

15:50 - 16:10
Panel Talk 2: "The increasing role of simulation in driving safer helicopter operations: Trends in Regulations and Technology"
Mr. Philip Swadling
Technical Director, Avionics Business Unit, Thales Australia

High fidelity flight simulators have been in use for commercial aircraft operations for many years. In recent years, the use of high fidelity flight simulators for helicopters has increased markedly. This has been driven on the one hand by regulations, and on the other by technology. This presentation will discuss the key drivers from both the regulatory and technology views, and examine future trends in both these areas.
16:10 - 16:30
Panel Talk 3: "The increasing role of simulation in driving safer helicopter operations: Integration of Simulation into a Helicopter training organisation"
Mr. Jeremy Ovens
Head, Operations LifeFlight Australia

  • Increased fidelity of simulation devices available to training organisations
  • Increased types of checks being conducted on simulator
  • Importance of simulation for pilot and crew training
16:30 - 17:00
Training & Simulation Panel Discussion
09:15 - 09:20
Opening Comments
A/Professor Lim Yeow Khee
President, Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers
A View on Innovation II
Moderated by Mr. Robin Thevathesan, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd
09:20 - 09:50
Keynote 4: "Boeing Innovation in Rotorcraft"
Mr. Robert Gagne
Country Director, Global Sales, Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
09:50 - 10:20
Keynote 5: "Innovation in Rotorcraft: Flying the Next Generation Helicopter Today"
Mr. Chris Van Buiten
Vice President, Sikorsky Innovation, Sikorsky

The keynote talk will summarize Sikorsky progress in defining, building and flying the next generation technologies that will characterized the helicopter of the future. Programs of interest include the X2 Technology Demonstrator, S-97 RAIDER high speed helicopter, the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft flying MATRIX technology, as well as demonstrations of the "Intelligent Helicopter". These maturing technologies will be shown to enable next generation helicopters with game changing capabilities.
10:20 - 10:40
Innovation Viewpoints (Keynote Discussion Panel)

10:40 - 11:10
Networking Tea Break
Panel 4: Innovation in Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Moderated by Mr. Leo Jeoh, Deputy Vice President, Support Engineering, Airbus Helicopter South East Asia
11:10 - 11:30
Panel Talk 1: "Gadgets, Widgets and Tweets - Using the available technology today to innovate our Safety Management Systems"
Mr. Robert Cavers
Safety Quality Manager, HNZ Group

In every industry around the world there is ever increasingly new technology that has changed the way we all communicate and interact. There are now systems available to the helicopter operator that are more sophisticated then what was available only a couple of years ago.

This presentation will look at some methods that may innovate the way that an operator potentially utilises their SMS.

11:30 - 11:50
Panel Talk 2: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There"
Mr. Douglas Cavannagh
CEO/Safety Auditor, Douglas Cavannagh & Associates

The Merriam-Webster English dictionary, the official ICAO English dictionary, describes 'innovations' as 'The introduction of something new. A new idea, method, or device'.

Many operators have an admirable safety record; however, they are required by the world’s aviation regulators to keep improving.

11:50 - 12:10
Panel Talk 3: "IT – Safety Management Software – Friend or Foe?"
Mr. David D. Leithner
Aviation Advisor, Shell Aircraft International

Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are rapidly becoming a standard, often requirement, throughout the aviation industry worldwide. As Aviation Service Providers adopt and build respective SM systems to manage safety, risk, assurance and safety promotion, they are increasingly faced with the complexities that processes and interfaces within an SMS create.

12:10 - 12:40
SMS Panel Discussion
12:40 - 13:00
Conference Closing Remarks
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch
Technical Site Visit: Bell Helicopter Asia, Seletar Aerospace Park
14:00 - 14:30
Admin and Departure for Technical Site Visit

14:30 - 16:30
Visit at Bell Helicopter Asia

16:30 - 17:00
Visitors Depart from Seletar Aerospace Park