ARSAG 2018

Draft agenda as of 18 December, 2017. Subject to change.


Dates: 24 - 26 April 2018



Associated Key Meetings

 ARSAG 2017 - Important Dates

NATO AARWG meeting, 23 April 0800


Steering Group Meeting, 23 April 1430


Workshop / JSB, 24 April 0800


Briefers’ Meeting, 24 April 1715

Hotel Information

 ARSAG 2017 - DAY  1, Tuesday, 25 April

Government Hotel:

Hilton Government Registration


Industry Hotel:

Hilton Registration

0700    Registration, Check-In, Badging      Ballroom Foyer


0700    Exhibits Grand Opening,                    Ballroom A/B

              Coffee, Networking


0800    Plenary Session Convenes                           Ballroom C/D


0800    Introductions                Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                        ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


 Keynote Address                    General Carlton D. Everhart II

                                                       Commander, Air Mobility Command


0850 Welcome to Orlando


International Military Status Reports

0855    Introductions Moderator:     Lt Col Laurent Donnet, Ret. Skytech

0900    NATO IS/DI                                 Maj Victoria Thomas

              MCCE                                           LtC Mattias Gustavson

              NATO JAPCC                              Maj Victoria Thomas

              EDA                                               Dion Polman

              Canada                                         Maj Brian Crosier

              France                                           LtC Paul Creuset

              Germany                                      OTL  Markus Rüdinger

              Italy                                               Col Giuseppe Addesa

   Coffee, Exhibits & Networking         Ballroom A/B

   Plenary Session Reconvenes             Ballroom C/D

               Japan                                             Maj Koji Yokoyama

               The Netherlands                        Maj JanWillem van den Boom

               Turkey                                           Maj Emre Kaya

               United Kingdom                         Flt Lt Andrew Pryor

               Contract Refueling                    Tom Swiderek


1200    Luncheon          Ballroom A/B

                    Luncheon Guest Speaker

                           Ronald Johnston, Chief Test Pilot, KC-46, The Boeing Company


1330     Plenary Session Reconvenes      Ballroom C/D

1330     Introductions                   Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                            ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer

               Guest Speaker                 Maj Gen Christian Badia, Commander

                                                            European Air Transport Command

               Guest Speaker                 AIRCDRE Richard Lennon

                                                            Commander, Air Mobility Group, RAAF


US Military Status Reports

1420     Introductions Moderator:        Maj Gen Kenneth D. Lewis

                                                                               Director, Air, Space and

                                                                               Information Operations, USAFR

               USN/USMC Updated                        Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR

               McConnell (USAFR/934 OG)         Col Caroline Evernham, 931 OG/CC

                     KC-46 Bed-down Update

               HF Test Update/Results                 Ron Broden, Rockwell Collins

1505     Q & A

1510     Coffee, Exhibits & Networking     Ballroom A/B

1540     Plenary Session Reconvenes         Ballroom C/D


Safety Reports

1540    US Air Force Safety Reports            Lt Col Ed Schierberl, AFRC

              USAF AMC/SE                                       Lt Col Walt Borja, AMC/SE

              USAF C-17 SKE

              US Navy/Marine Safety Report       LCDR Harland Hendricks,

                                                                                 F/A-18 EA Analysis

              International Safety Reports


1610    Q & A

1615    Aerial Refueling Airworthiness       Dave Benson, AFLCMC/EZFA

              Report                                                                                JSB Chair

1625    Reports from ARSAG Workshop /

              Joint Standardization Board (JSB)

               for Aerial Refueling Systems            Dexter H. Kalt

                                                                                     ARSAG Executive Director

1630    Introductions                                         Dave Benson, AFLCMC/EZFA

                                                                                                        JSB Chair

1635    ARSAG Published Documents          Rob Tipton, Lockheed Martin

1645    ARSAG Published Documents          Tom Swiderek, Omega Air

1655    Working Group Reports                      Working Group Leads

1705   Adjourn

1800    Exhibitors Reception                              Ballroom A/B

 ARSAG 2017 - DAY  2, Wednesday, 26 April

0700    Exhibits Open  Coffee, Networking     Ballroom A/B


0800    Plenary Session Reconvenes                  Ballroom C/D

0800    Introduction                                Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                      ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


Keynote Address                                  Maj Gen Kenneth D. Lewis, Jr.

                                                                      Director of Air, Space and Information

                                                                    Operations, USAFR


Operations Panel

0835    Introductions Chair/Moderator:            Col Greg Gilmour

                                                                                        Commander, 315 AW

0840    Integrating Mobile Applications            Peter Guisti, Jeppesen

0850    Beyond MRTT, Expanding Role of         Wg Cdr Simon Blackwell, RAF

              Tankers to Non-Traditional Roles

0900    How Does AMC/A3 Envision the            Col John Lamontagne, AMC/A3

              KC-46 Changing how AMC

              (and CFACCs) Operate Tankers

0910    Capability Assessment and                     Lee Ann Rutledge, AFRL/RQQD

              Modeling for Energy Logistics

0920     Mobile Mission Kit                                    Lt Col Mike Ballard, AFRC/A3

0930    Q & A

0935    Coffee, Exhibits & Networking              Ballroom A/B

1005    Plenary Session Reconvenes                  Ballroom C/D


Senior Military Panel Discussion

1005    Moderator:                     Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                          ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


                                                                        Maj Gen Christian Badia, Commander

                                                                               European Air Transport Command

                                                                        Maj Gen Kenneth D. Lewis

                                                                                Director of Air, Space and

                                                                                Information Operations, USAFR

                                                                        AIRCDRE Richard Lennon

                                                                         Commander, Air Mobility Group, RAAF


Training Panel

1105    Introductions Chair/Moderator:         Lt Col Al White, AETC 54 ARS/CC

1110    KC-46 Program Update                         Col John Newberry, AFLCMC/WKC

1120    KC-46 Training Status Update             Lt Col Brent Toth, 56 AETC ARS/DO

1130    509th Weapons School Update          Lt Col John Kelly, 509 ARS/CC

1140    Aircrew Training Systems Update      Bruce LaCharite, Flight Safety

1150    Hose Simulation for AAR Training     James Kemmitt, Cobham

1200    Q & A

1205    Awards Luncheon                                  Ballroom A/B

1330    Plenary Session Reconvenes             Ballroom C/D


1330    Introduction                         Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                     ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


Keynote Address                              Lt Gen Lee K. Levy

                                                                  Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center

                                                                  Air Force Materiel Command


 System Design Panel

1410    Opening Remarks & Session Agenda

                                                   Chair/Moderator:           Tom Cavallaro, NAVAIR

1415    Introduction to the new Cobham                   Colin Slater, Cobham

              Aerial Refuelling Reception Coupling

1430    Technical Solutions through Teaming          Michelle Hunt, USAF

              – KC-46 Aerial Refueling Overlays

1445    KC-46 Boom Axial Load Issue Resolution    Eric Pepple, AFLCMC/WKE

1500   A330 MRTT Boom Automatic Refueling      Juan Cabrera, Airbus

              Development Status

1510    Advances in Hose Reel and                              Mike Bandak, Northstar

              Ground Support Equipment

1520    Q & A

1525    Coffee, Exhibits & Networking       Ballroom A/B

1555    Plenary Session Reconvenes           Ballroom C/D


Test & Evaluation Panel, Including Clearance Testing

1555    Introductions Chair/Moderator:        Robert Tipton, Lockheed Martin

1600    Embraer KC-390 Status                         Bruce Bunin, Embraer

1615    UK Receiver Clearance Process          Sqn Ldr Gordon Parry, RAF

1625    P-8A Aerial Refueling Initial                Dmitriy Bank, NAVAIR

              Certification Testing

1640     Q & A

1645    A-330 MRTT Certification &                 Jorge Garcia, Airbus

              Qualification Activities

1655    A-400M Refueling Activities               Cesar Gonzalez, Airbus

               with Wing Pods & HDU

1705    C-295 Flight Test Activities                  Juan Cabrera, Airbus

               with Aerial Refueling Kit

1715    Utilizing Hazard Focused Evaluation         Jon Packwood, QINETIC

               to Create Efficient AAR Test Programs   Becky Walsh, QINETIC

1730    Q & A

1735    Adjourn for day

 ARSAG 2017 - DAY  3, Thursday, 27 April

0800    Plenary Session Reconvenes                        Ballroom C/D


0800     Introductions                             Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                      ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer

Keynote Speaker                                              Lt Gen Maryanne Miller

                                                                                    Commander, AFRC


Advanced Concepts Panel

0845    Introductions Chair/Moderator:          Farhad Choudhury, NAVAIR

0850    Actively Stabilized Drogue                    Dan Pruzan, Nielson Engineering

                                                                                                                       & Research Div.

0905    Future Hose Concepts                            Calvin Tan, Tim Pryce

                                                                                                               Icon Aerospace

0920    Advanced Technologies Enabling       Mike Feldmann, GE Aviation

              Autonomous Aerial Refueling

0935    Q & A

0940    Introductions                               Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                                       ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


Guest Speaker                                                       Maj Gen Lawrence M. Martin, Jr.

                                                                                       Assistant Deputy Under Secretary

                                                                                       of the Air Force International


1005   Coffee & Networking                               Ballroom Foyer

1025   Plenary Session Reconvenes                  Ballroom C/D

Reliability & Maintainability Panel

1025    Introductions Chair/Moderator:         Gregory Twyford

                                                                                                         The Boeing Company

1030    KC-135R/T and KC-10A Aerial              Charles Darnell, AFLCMC/WKD

              Refueling System Status Report

1040    C-130 Pod Guard Upgrade                     Steve Schroeder, Cobham Mission


1050    Boeing’s Optimized Maintenance       Brian McLoughlin,

              Programs                                                                         The Boeing Company

1100    Leveraging the Commercial Model      Dave Dober,

                                                                                               Chromalloy Gas Turbine, LLC

1110    Q & A


Industry / Studies & Analysis Panel

1115    Introductions Chair/Moderator:            Tom Swiderek, Omega Air

1120    A330 MRTT 100,000 FH                            Juan Montero, Airbus DS

              in Operation

1130    Commercial Aerial Refueling in              Laurent Donnet, Skytech

              Europe and Beyond

1140    Simulated RVS Refueling                           Steve Hadley, Charles Lloyd

              Performance Research                               and Marc Winterbottom, USAF

1200    Q & A


Interoperability Panel

1200    Opening Remarks, “What is Risk?”

                            Chair/Moderator:                        Maj Victoria Thomas, USAF, JAPCC

1205    Hampering Issues in Flight Test           Maj Kees Verberg, RNLAF

              & Ways Forward

1220    A Military National Authority on          Javier Parra, INTA

              Guidelines for Tanker AAR

              Compatibility Certification

1235     NATO & EU Clearance Training            Maj Victoria Thomas, JAPCC

                & Tabletop Exercise

1250     Discussion on Clearance Request       Dave Benson, AFLCME/EZFA

               TTE & Lessons Learned TBD

1305     Q & A

1310     Plenary Session Wrap-Up, Adjourn


1400     Focus Topic Seminars


                                     - Interoperability Discussions

                                                           Salon 4

                        Moderator: Maj. Victoria Thomas, USAF, JAPCC


                                     - Automated Aerial Refueling

                                                            Salon 9

                                  Moderators: Ba Nguyen, AFRL/RQ

                                        Steve McLaughlin, NAVAIR


1600    Seminars Adjourn


Sunday, 23 April


0800 – 1400                           Maj Victoria Thomas, USAF/JAPCC


ARSAG Steering Group Meeting

1430 – 1730                          Moderator: Dexter H. Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director


Monday, 24 April

0700   Registration, Check-In, Badging Open           Ballroom Foyer


ARSAG Workshop / JSB Meeting*

0800    Introductions                        Lt Gen John Sams, USAF ret.

                                                             ARSAG Chairman, Chief Operating Officer

0815    Meeting Minutes from                    Dave Benson, AFLCMC/EZFA

              Feb 2017 Meeting Agenda

0830    JAPCC/NATO Report                        Lt Col Edwin Markie, JAPCC

0845    ARSAG Workshop Review               Dex Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director

0900    Working Group In-Briefs                Working Group Leads

                                                                              WG 1 Eric Pepple, AFLCMC/WKE

                                                                               WG 2 Tom Cavallaro, NAVAIR

                                                                                WG 3 John Luu, AFLCMC/WKE

                                                                                WG 4 Nick Dicandia, Lockheed Martin

                                                                                WG 5 Tom Swiderek, Omega Air

                                                                                 WG 5a Steve McLaughlin, NAVAIR

                                                                                  WG 6 Rob Tipton, Lockheed Martin

0915    Working Groups Convene

1200    Lunch

1300    Working Groups Re-Convene

1545    Working Group Out-Briefs Working Group Leads

1625    Wrap-Up Dexter H. Kalt, ARSAG Executive Director

1630    Adjourn


        *ARSAG Workshops are open to military/government and industry

                            representatives of NATO nations and Australia.


Briefers and Panel Chairs Meeting

Ballroom C/D

1715 – 1730     Instructions / Speakers’ Information Dissemination Form

1730 – 1830     All Presenters Submit Electronic Copy of Briefing


Thursday, 27 April

Ballroom C/D

1400                    Meeting Hosted by Tanker Program Executive Office

                              Moderator: Colonel Matthew Muha

                                                      AFLCMC/WK, Military Deputy Director


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