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Conference Day 1

8:30 AM Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

9:10 AM HOST NATION KEYNOTE WELCOMING ADDRESS

Brigadier General Albert Safar, Air Force Commander,
  • Advancing the quality of flight training and maximising safety of the aircrew through acquisition of trainer aircraft for basic and advanced training
  • Assessing training modernisation as a part of the Zriniy 2026 programme

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Brigadier General Albert Safar

Air Force Commander

9:50 AM MULTINATIONAL FLIGHT TRAINING TO ENHANCE INTEROPERABILITY AND PILOT PERFORMANCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA

Brigadier General Petyo Mirchev, Deputy Air Force Commander, Bulgarian Air Force
  • Examining Bulgaria’s role in multinational training exercises and evaluating the potential for expanding regional fast jet training schemes
  • Assessing joint procurement opportunities to optimise training costs and identifying the main criteria for trainer aircraft
  • Upgrading pilot training interoperability in a resource-constrained environment

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Brigadier General Petyo Mirchev

Deputy Air Force Commander
Bulgarian Air Force

10:30 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM TECHNICAL MODERNISATION OF THE CZECH AIR FORCE TRAINING TO KEEP PACE WITH NATO DEVELOPMENTS

Colonel Ondrej Rejman, Deputy Commander 21st Air Force Base, Czech Air Force
  • Outlining challenges in complying with NATO and Euro-Control training standards
  • Examining supersonic jet training requirements in light of expansion of the JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA combat capabilities
  • Achieving the correct balance between simulation and live training to attain required number of flight hours


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Colonel Ondrej Rejman

Deputy Commander 21st Air Force Base
Czech Air Force

11:40 AM TRANSFORMATION OF FLIGHT TRAINING THROUGH PROCUREMENT OF MODERN EQUIPMENT AND PLANS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

Colonel Jenő Szénási, Development and Procurement Agency,
· Examining the ten-year Zrinyi 2026 Military Development Programme and its impact on procurement decisions
· Identifying technical procurement requirements for the next decade
· Investigating the transition period from legacy equipment to modernised aircraft

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Colonel Jenő Szénási

Development and Procurement Agency

12:20 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 PM SCREENING OF PILOT CANDIDATES AND BASIC FIXED-WING AND ROTARY-WING PILOT TRAINING IN THE CROATIAN AIR FORCE

Colonel Goran Huljev, Commander of Training and Education Centre, Croatian Air Force
  • Investigating the pilot screening methodology of the Croatian Air Force
  • Overviewing the flight training programmes for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft at the Training and Education centre Rudolje Perešin
  • Ensuring pilot transition from basic to advanced training to alleviate shortage of pilots


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Colonel Goran Huljev

Commander of Training and Education Centre
Croatian Air Force
  • Preparing pilots for the integration of sophisticated communication and navigation technology into trainer aircraft
  • Standardising training systems to ensure interoperability and successful performance of the personnel in joint, multinational operations
  • Assessing the potential for joint acquisition of trainer aircraft to minimise costs and maximise readiness of the fleet

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Colonel Jaroslaw Mika

Chief of Combat Training
Czech Air Force
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Colonel Krzysztof Stobiecki

Commander Air Operations Group at 22nd Tactical Air Base
Polish Air Force
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Captain Jelle van Helvoort

Head of Knowledge Branch at the Personnel Recovery Centre
Netherlands Air Force

2:50 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:30 PM ACQUISITION OF NEW TRAINING PLATFORMS TO LAY FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCED AIRCRAFT TRAINING

Colonel Konrad Madej, Head of Training, 4th Flying Training Wing, Polish Air Force
  • Identifying challenges associated with replacing TS-11 Iskra training package
  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of acquisition of sophisticated trainers, capable of accurately imitating characteristics of combat aircraft
  • Inspecting modifications in the flight training syllabus following M-346 trainer acquis

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Colonel Konrad Madej

Head of Training, 4th Flying Training Wing
Polish Air Force

4:10 PM EXAMINING THE CURRENT FLIGHT TRAINING PRIORITIES TO MAINTAIN READINESS AND INTEROPERABILITY OF THE FLEET

Captain Jelle van Helvoort, Head of Knowledge Branch at the Personnel Recovery Centre, Netherlands Air Force
  • Maintaining agility of the fleet through continuous modernisation of the flight training system
  • Alleviating budgetary constraints by increasing reliance on synthetic training
  • Tailoring flight training to sustain capacity to engage in high intensity operations

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Captain Jelle van Helvoort

Head of Knowledge Branch at the Personnel Recovery Centre
Netherlands Air Force

4:50 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DA