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Thursday 28 February
0900 - 1600

This event is open and complimentary to AVALON 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
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Conference Room 3, Conference Centre, Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport

Learn how major businesses from Asia and Australia have met, and continuing to meet, the challenges facing the MRO industry in a growing market including skilling of maintenance personnel to support the growing MRO businesses.

The Asia/Pacific region is 0ne of, if not the fastest growing aviation region in the world. This growth has introduced many challenges to the region’s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) businesses, including the many support services for the MRO sector.

Any growing and expanding market have challenges maintaining a skilled workforce. Training of maintenance and support personnel is becoming a global issue as major regulatory regimes skilling standards harmonise.

The digital working environment of the MRO industry means national standards need to become more global standards, especially with a region.

At this conference, the issues of global standards, individual skills and an important requirement for more regional multi-lateral and bilateral agreements are essential for the transportability of individual skills for the benefit of the Asia/Pacific Region MRO market.

Aviation is a truly global market that was designed for individual countries to adopt regulations and standards that are more common today than at any other period of aviation growth.

The world aviation MRO market is growing with a need for more commonality as the electronic age moves to the next level.

For further information:
Mr Ken Cannane, Executive Director
Aviation Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Business Association

PROGRAM - 28 February 2019

0915 - 0920
Convenor introduction Mr Ken Cannane
0920 - 0930
Opening Speech TBA
Morning Session: Growing aviation
0930 - 1000

Boeing’s assessment “The expanding MRO growth in the Indo/Asia/Pacific Region”

Boeing USA
Ms Emily Belgrade
Senior Director
Component Repair
Boeing Global Services

Emily Belgrade is the Senior Director of Component Repair for Boeing Global Services. She leads the overall strategy, development and daily management and execution of Boeing’s global component repair services. She is also responsible for M&A integration activities related to components. Emily joined Boeing in December 2017 as Director of Regional Airlines for Boeing Global Services. In this role, Emily was responsible for Boeing’s Regional Airline customer business and program execution, new product and service development and strategic contracts and partnerships.

Prior to joining Boeing, Emily was Vice President of Strategy and Program Management and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SR Technics, one of the world’s leading MROs. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily was responsible for development of corporate and business unit strategy, M&A, program management and creation and growth of a global MRO network. SR Technics is owned by the HNA Group, a Fortune Global 100 Chinese aviation conglomerate with 16 airlines and the world’s third-largest leasing fleet.

Prior to that, Emily held various leadership positions in both the commercial and government sectors across aerospace, defense and service industries. Most recently, Emily served as Head of Business Development & Strategy at AMMROC, a defense services company owned by Lockheed Martin and Mubadala based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In this role, she was responsible for business capture, program expansion and customer relationships in 21 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She also led the development of OEM partnerships, aftermarket solution design for new aircraft acquisition and enterprise cost-saving and growth initiatives.

Previously, she worked for PwC Consulting in the USA, UAE and Saudi Arabia as an operations and strategy advisor for Fortune 500 aerospace and defense companies and government organizations.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Emily holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford in England and a Master/Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

1000 - 1030

Strategies to leverage Australia’s MRO capabilities

Thomas Global Systems
Mr John Dwyer

Director, Business Development - Defence

John is the Director, Business Development – Defence for Sydney based Thomas Global Systems, an Australian owned industry leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for air, land & sea applications.

In his 30 year aerospace career John has focussed on regional MRO support covering both commercial operators and defence forces. As Regional Defence Lead for Goodrich (now Collins Aerospace) he was responsible for the entire Asia Pacific region.

John learned a great deal about the strength of the Australian aerospace industry base through his role as Co-Chair of the Australian JSF Airframe, Vehicle & Propulsion Systems Industry Capability Team. This was further developed through international supply chain projects undertaken as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

In May 2015 John joined Thomas Global to lead the company’s rapid expansion in military support covering mission systems, flight deck avionics, armoured vehicle targeting displays, cross domain security solutions, obsolescence remediation and training & simulation.

1030 - 1100

Contrasting EASA to the Asia Pacific Regional regulatory environment.

Heston Aviation MRO
Mr Adrian Beirne
General Manager

Adrian is the General Manager of Heston MRO (recently rebranded from Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia, a subsidiary of SAIEC in Australia), the only independent MRO in Australia servicing international customers at the network of seven Airports in Australia. With over 36 years in aviation industry Adrian has extensive experience combined with a strong technical background in managing both Base and Line Maintenance Part 145 organizations. Adrian's' experience stretches across Australian (CASA), European (EASA) and Asian regulatory platforms.

He has experience managing AOC engineering functions, lease return activities and aircraft entry into service. Being a recognized leader and Accountable manager of the dynamic Heston MRO team, Adrian holds B1 type ratings on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft as well as professional project management qualifications, lean sigma green belt and an MBA. Adrian is also a  member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
1100 - 1130

Cabin reconfigurations and wifi modifications at Qantas Engineering

Mr Luke Baylie
Manager - Aircraft Projects

Luke has worked at Qantas Engineering for the past 15 years and has oversight of all major aircraft upgrades completed on the Qantas fleet, as well as providing aircraft specification definition for new aircraft. An aerospace engineer by background, Luke has gained a wealth of knowledge in cabin design of transport category aircraft from concept creation through to final delivery. His team consists of engineers and project managers responsible for a suite of projects that spans the majority of fleets across the entire Qantas Group.

1130 - 1200

CASA’s Airworthiness and Maintenance Regulatory Program.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Mr Chris de Luis
Airworthiness and Engineering Branch

Mr De Luis is the head of airworthiness engineering at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. He leads a team responsible for Australia’s civil aviation airworthiness regulation, including certification of new aircraft types and oversight of the design and production industry.

Prior to working at CASA Mr De Luis worked for the Department of Defence in various aerospace engineering and safety regulatory roles.

He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering with first class honours from the University of NSW, a Master of Government and Commercial Law from the Australian National University and Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.

1200 - 1210
Question Time – all Presenters
1210 - 1400
Lunch Break - Airshow flying display program
Afternoon Session: New Technologies for a growing MRO industry
1400 - 1430

MRO - Maintenance of the Future

Airbus Australia Pacific
Mr Mark Dowe
Senior Manager, Maintenance
Operations Business Unit

The purpose of the Maintenance Function is to provide maintenance resources, capability, processes and systems to support the contracted Business Lines. Maintenance is a functionally-aligned department within the Operations Business Unit and is responsible for providing ‘fit for purpose/fit to contract’ product and service delivery excellence through the Business Lines and meeting service performance targets.

The Senior Manager Maintenance is considered a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the Maintenance discipline and is accountable for continuous improvement of discipline processes to ensure optimisation, standardisation, simplification, efficiency and operational excellence. Maintenance constantly drives to reduce the operating cost of their service and support the profitability of Programs and Airbus Australia Pacific (AAP) in general.

The Maintenance Function is comprised of a Maintenance Capability team and specific site-based teams performing maintenance activities across the Australia and New Zealand region.


Mark commenced with Airbus (then known as Australian Aerospace) in 2005 as a Flight Test technician within the Production environment of the ARH Tiger and MRH90 helicopters. He then shifted to different Maintenance Management roles in support of the MRH90 Sustainment contract including setting up maintenance facilities and teams at Oakey and the Deeper Maintenance facility at Brisbane. Prior to his commencement at Airbus, Mark has over 20 years’ experience at different maintenance environments within the Royal Australian Air Force.

Mark has successfully created Maintenance teams and processes which consistently outperform other centres across the Airbus MRO network and is regarded as an essential contributor into reforming maintenance strategies throughout Airbus.

1430 - 1500

Aerospace logistics, another set of paperclips?

Kuehne + Nagel
Mr Erik Goedhart
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Aerospace & Industrials

As Senior Vice president, Erik Goedhart is the global head of the aerospace and industrials market and is responsible for the market and solutions approach for these two verticals.

Erik started his career in 1981 with NCR computers and was involved in direct sales, marketing and business unit management. In 1993, he joined Fokker Aircraft Services as VP of Marketing & Sales. Erik was a key player in setting up the Fokker services organisation in 1996 after the Fokker aircraft manufacturer ceased to exist. Innovative programmes like FUTURE 100 and FLYFokker set a new standard in the aircraft aftermarket services industry.

In 2003, Erik started his own aerospace consultancy. He eventually joined Kuehne + Nagel as a full-time employee after he had advised Kuehne + Nagel on their aerospace strategy in 2007. Erik has been instrumental in developing the company's aerospace business into one of the six key market segments with significant year-on-year growth and successful launches of industry breakthrough end-to-end solutions like KN Engine Chain and KN Interior Chain.

Erik lives and breathes Innovation, Digitalisation and Supply the Sky!
1500 - 1530

Advancing the Next Generation, for the Joint Strike Fighter and Beyond

BAE Systems
Mr Jim Maguire
Program Manager - Training

Jim Maguire leads the newly established Training Program within the Aerospace and Integrated Systems business for BAE Systems Australia.

Responsible for Flight Train Tamworth (FTT) which provides military flying training (fixed and rotary wing) to the ADF, RSAF, RBAF and PNGDF, the Defence Aeroskills Training Academy (DATA) delivering Aviation Technical Training at Wagga Wagga and the Saudi British Defence Cooperation Program (SBDCP) that provides Australian and New Zealand aviation professionals to the Royal Saudi Air Force in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With 20 years aviation experience, Jim has enjoyed a variety of senior leadership roles across varying multi-national companies. A maintenance engineer by trade as well as a qualified pilot, Jim has enjoyed all facets of military and commercial aviation including strategic acquisition, MRO/Sustainment, complex modification and upgrades, performance based logistics and integrated training programs.

BAE Systems
Mr John Fraser
Senior Maintenance Manager, Lead in Fighter

John leads the Hawk Williamtown Deep Maintenance facility which provides scheduled servicing and modifications to the RAAF A27 Hawk fleet.

John is responsible for ensuring all technical and airworthiness compliance and objectives associated with the maintenance of aircraft are met.

With 25yrs of experience in aircraft sustainment, John has worked across Civil, General Aviation and Military platforms with multi-national companies. John’s current focus is to build a skilled technical workforce to service the Hawk and F-35 platforms.

1530 - 1600

Predictive Health Management for legacy aerospace fleets in the Big Data age.

PHM Technology
Mr Chris Stecki
Chief Executive Officer

PHM Technology has developed a model-based RAMS-D engineering analysis solution that is used by organisations including NASA, US Army and Pratt Whitney.

Chris has co-authored technical papers relating to diagnostics, reliability, safety and certification of mission & safety critical systems; digitization of the engineering design process, and the advanced engineering and IT techniques used in the on-going development of the MADe software. He is a frequent presenter at industry and technical conferences around the world, but is most happy at the MCG when cheering on Collingwood with his 3 children.

1600 - 1610
Q & A Summary & Close Mr Ken Cannane