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First 350 students enjoy a 50% discount!

The lunch & coffee break is on us – both days!

Simultaneous translation from English to Czech will be available

Enjoy a huge party at the end of the first day!

8th March

Registration opening
09:30 - 10:30
Rick Norman "The way to collaboration - Noise management for sustainable growth" Details

As the Chief of Air Pollution and Noise Control at Heathrow Airport in London, UK, Rick Norman has a unique perspective on some of the most pressing issues aviation has to deal with today. With volumes of air traffic steadily increasing, the ecological impact of aviation presents larger issue than ever.

The situation of Heathrow Airport is especially challenging as it is the 3rd largest airport in the world and additionally, it is situated fairly close to London’s center which makes it a potential factor on health of millions of people living in its vicinity.

10:45 - 11:45
John Petersen “What World's Most Famous Aviator Says About the Future of Aviation” Details

John’s aviation career began with flying US Navy attack aircraft off of aircraft carriers during the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation. In 1989, Mr. Petersen founded a non-profit, future-oriented research organisation, The Arlington Institute (TAI).

John´s government and political experience include stints, among others, at the National War College, Naval War College Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House.

Currently, Mr. Petersen is a Chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation, established in 1977 by General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong to honor Charles Lindberghs’ pioneering contributions in aviation, exploration, and the humanities. The cornerstone of the Foundation is keeping a balance between the technological advancements, and the preservation of the human and natural environments.

The lunch is on us

13:00 - 14:00
Darren Ansell "Aerospace Engineering – A Leading Edge Career Choice" Details

Darren Ansell has been the Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire since September 2012. At UCLAN Darren is leading a number of collaborative research projects with industry partners, including the 'GAMMA' Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications programme, developing autonomous, intelligent software for the aerospace and nuclear industries.

His research interests include autonomous and intelligent systems and he previously worked in industry at BAE Systems in research management and research and development roles, specialising in Mission Systems and Autonomy. At BAE Systems he was the Engineering lead for the ASTRAEA programme which developed UAV technology to support the integration of unmanned platforms into UK airspace, where he led the development of 'Sense and Avoid' collision avoidance technology, autonomy and decision making software and image processing research.

14:15 - 15:15
Jacques Bothelin “Making a profession of your passion” Details

Leader and manager of the Breitling Jet Team, Jacques Bothelin, is one of the world’s most experienced aerobatics pilots. He has clocked up over 11,500 flight hours on 145 types of planes, and performed around 2,800 demonstrations in 25 countries.

The Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing on jets. The formation consists of 7 Aero L39 Albatros and flies on airshows all around the world.

Coffee break is on us as well

15:30 - 16:00
Red Bull Air Race pilot Petr Kopfstein Autographing


16:00 - 17:00
Ivo Kardoš & Jaroslav Míka "Life of pilots in tactical squadron - working behind the sound barrier” Details

Colonel Jaroslav Míka is one of the most significant personalities and truly a rising star of the Czech Air Force. As the commander of 211th Tactical Squadron, he led a detachment of four JAS-39C Gripen fighter aircraft in a deployment to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission. This deployment was significant as the first foreign deployment of Czech fighter aircraft since World War 2. He is still an active fighter pilot. However, in his current staff role at the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic, he is primarily involved in the creation of new concepts of training and combat readiness certification of future Czech fighter pilots.

Captain Ivo Kardoš flies the JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft. He is one of the elite combat-ready pilots that protect the Czech skies day or night, 7 days a week. He also has experience from deployments into Baltic countries and Iceland. Captain Kardoš is the current Czech display pilot for the JAS-39 Gripen and his aerobatic skills are viewed and admired by thousands of spectators at airshows all over Europe.

After party (Hangar Bar Prague)
starting at 19:00

9th March

Registration opening
09:30 - 10:30
Dr. Susan X. Ying “Innovation in the Aeronautics: the Art of the Possible” Details

Dr. Ying currently hold the position of the President of the International Council of the Aeronautical Science (ICAS). She devoted over 35 years to the aerospace industry, with the last three years as the Chief Integration Officer of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

In 2013, she retired after two decades from the Boeing Company as the Director of Research and Technology.

Before joining Boeing, Ying taught at universities and directed research in the DOE Research Labs and NASA Ames Research Center.

Dr. Ying holds a Commercial Pilot License and is a FAA-Certified Flight Instructor. She received her PHD and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

10:45 - 11:45
Justin Hughes "The Business of Excellence – lessons from and about military fast-jet aviation” Details

Justin Hughes is a former Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, performing over 250 displays worldwide. As a military fighter pilot, he was qualified to lead any scale of mission in any theatre, and now uses his learning and experience from aviation to help other types of organisations build high-performance cultures. He is a renowned speaker, presenting in Europe, the Middle and Far East, and the author of The Business of Excellence.

The lunch is on us

14:15 - 15:15
Jan Jurek "Experience from flying all around the world and modern view of accumulated fatigue" Details

Jan Jurek left Czechoslovakia in 1968 and started a new life in Canada where he obtained a Commercial Pilot Licence. He went on to complete a multi-engine endorsement as well as an instrument rating.

He worked in many pilot positions, from a pilot of oil company in Calgary through a chief pilot of PEMEX Mexico, inspector of Transport Canada and ICAO, chief air traffic inspector in Bahrain to Vice President of Qatar Airways for air operations.

He has accumulated roughly 18 800 flight hours in many aircraft types (B737, B727, A320, GulfStream I/IIA, KingAir, DC-3, Cessna, Piper… and L-13 Blanik).

Booklaunch – Moje dlouhá cesta v oblacích 2

Coffee break is on us as well

16:00 - 17:00
Roland Vermeiren “Do you really know all the faces of aviation medicine?” Details

Roland Vermeiren is the President of the global Aerospace Medical Asociation, apart from that he has been for more than 20 years Chairman of the Eurocontrol Medical Board and for 3 times elected President of ESAM.

Roland is one of the most globally recognized expert on aviation medicine with 40 years of experience. He is regularly sharing his experience with colleagues and students on congresses all around the world.


All the workshops will take place during the event, time will be specified soon.

8th March, 15:30 – 16:00, ANS Room & 9th March, 14:15 – 14:45, ANS Room
"Do you want to control air traffic over Europe or work in Maastricht? Then is this workshop just for you!"
The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation is one of the most progressive aerospace entities in Europe, driving innovation and development of the entire field through their influential initiatives and programs. As our partners, they will offer you a glimpse into what it’s like to work in their state-of-the-art facilities and directly influence the future of the air transportation industry.
ABS Jets
9th March, 12:45 – 13:15, ANS Room
"Are you interested in business aviation? You will learn anything you wanted to know about it during this workshop!"
ABS Jets is the largest business jet operator in the Czech Republic. It is serving customers literally all around the globe including United States, Brazil, Russia, China and of course Europe. Are you interested in accepting new challenges and working with partners all around the world? ABS Jets is the right choice.
Aerobatic Center Karlovy Vary
8th March, 13:00 – 14:00, Aerolife Room
"Learn anything about aerobatic flying and get to know the Red Bull Air Race Pilot Petr Kopfstein!"
Have you always wanted to try aerobatic flying but no one could explain you all the details? Aerobatics Club in Karlovy Vary is lead by one of the most experienced aerobatic instructors in the world, the Leon Biancotto Diploma holder Jiri Duras, who is definitely the right person to talk to. The Red Bull Air Race pilot Petr Kopfstein started there as well, and yes, you will meet him in this workshop as well.
8th March, 13:00 – 14:00, ANS Room
"Do you have what it takes to be an air traffic controller? Find it out and ask the company representatives, what it takes tobecome one!"
Czech national provider of air navigation services is always on the lookout for talent. Do you have what it takes to be an air traffic controller? Find out at their workshop, or ask the company representatives what it’s like to work in this demanding and attractive field.
8th March, 16:15 – 16:45, ANS Room & 9th March, 13:30 – 14:00, ANS Room
"Do you want to work in a small and highly skilled team on a beautiful aircraft? Just join OK Aviation!"
OK Aviation operates one of the larges Pilatus and Piper M-class fleets in the Central Europe. What is more, it is one of the few companies, which did not loose the great team spirit and friendly, family-like environment. You will enjoy working with highly experienced colleagues on pretty challenging tasks keeping their beatiful aircraft up in the air. Be ready, they are not hiring pretty often!
UCLan – Drone Hack
8th March, 15:45 – 16:45, Aerolife Room
"Simply, if you want to work with drones, this workshop is a must!"
Small teams of attendees will cooperate to develop new application concepts for drones. Experts from UCLan will be on hand to provide guidance and advice on the drone capabilities, available sensors and other payload. The workshop will conclude with presentations of the concepts given by the respektive teams.
Aero Vodochody
8th March, 12:15 – 12:45, Aerolife Room & 9th March, 13:30 – 14:00, Aerolife Room
"Are you interested to be an engineer or mechanic working on one of the most advanced training fighter jets in the world? Now you have the chance!"
Aero Vodochody is historically the largest producer of military jet trainers in the world with more than 11,000 aircraft produced totally and over 13,000,000 flight hours’ total log of the fleet. More than 6,700 own design jet training aircraft manufactured equal to 70% of world production. We are proud of excellent manoeuvrability of aircraft made in Aero and their ability to operate in all climatic conditions.
9th March, 14:15 – 15:15, Aerolife Room
"Interested in gliding? Do you want to repair and develop one of the most successful gliders in the world?"
Blanik Aircraft repairs, produces and develops world famous L13 Blanik aircraft. In its brand new premises in Prague, it employs tens of aviation engineers who produce number one choice for many flight schools all around the world.
9th March, 15:00 – 15:30, ANS Room
"Get the know all about aviation engine! Do you wanna work in one of the biggest aerospace companies in the world? Come to the GE Aviation workshop."
GE Aviation Czech designs, develops, manufactures and services the GE H-Series engines. They are the turboprop division of GE Aviation, a world-leading provider of aircraft engines and related components and systems. As a part of GE, they strive to build things that make the world work better.
8th March, 8:45 – 9:15, Aerolife Room & 9th March, 12:45 – 13:15, Aerolife Room
"Get the opportunity to study air transport at the Czech Technical University? Get to know everything you need at this workshop!"
Study at the Department of Air Transport, Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague offers an education in dynamically developing and highly attractive area of air transport, which belongs together with aeronautics to the top branches utilizing the newest knowledge of science and technology.

Our graduates can earn bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree at prestigious and highly regarded university that ranks among the oldest technical universities in Europe.