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The Future of the UK Aerospace Industry [CLOSED]

The Future of the UK Aerospace Industry [CLOSED]

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Spirit AeroSystems
Sponsored by Spirit AeroSystems

Prestwick World Festival of Flight
Sponsored by Prestwick World Festival of Flight

In Association With NATS

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In spring 2013, the Westminster Government and industry signed up to a £2 billion partnership to keep the UK at the forefront of world aerospace manufacturing. This conference will hear the UK Government explain its strategy to secure large numbers of high-value jobs - and how industry might exploit rapid changes in technology to stay ahead of the global competition. It will also hear the Scottish Government outline its industrial strategy for aerospace.

The conference will highlight the success of the significant civil aerospace hub in and around Prestwick Airport – and place it in a UK, European and global context. Key issues will include new technology, training and skills, research and development - and what the future might hold. How do we ensure the industry has a strong voice and maximise the opportunities for future growth in the sector?

The event will hear from some of the major players - including conference sponsor Spirit AeroSystems – in a sector which employs 8000 people directly in Scotland. The conference is part of the Prestwick World Festival of Flight 2013, which brings back the glory days of the great air shows of the past to South Ayrshire.


12:00-12:30 - Our hosts, NATS, will offer delegates the opportunity to view the air traffic operation room from the viewing Gallery. Pre-booking is required. (also available at the end of the event)

12:30-13:15  - Networking Lunch

13:15  - Welcome from
Councillor Helen Moonie, Provost, South Ayrshire Council

13:20  - Introduction from the chair
Ken Symon, Aviation and Business writer

Session 1: An Overview of the Industry
- Scottish and UK aerospace in a global industry
Murdo Morrison Editor, Flight International

13:45 - The aerospace industry, future technology and commercial prospects
Professor Richard Brown Director, Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, University of Strathclyde

14:00 - Future skills in the aerospace industry
Stuart Millar Chairman of the Aeronautical Engineering Forum, Ayrshire College.

14:15 - Air traffic services for the next generation
Alastair Muir Operations Director, Prestwick NATS.

14:30 - Q & A with the first four speakers.

14:55 - Coffee break

Session 2: A strategy for the UK and Scottish aerospace industry.
15:20 - Lifting off: implementing the strategic vision for the UK aerospace
Michael Moore MP, Secretary of the State for Scotland

15:40 - The Aerospace Technology Institute: a key element of the UK aerospace industrial strategy
Gavin Campbell ,Director of Design Engineering and Technology Development, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast

16:00 - The future of the aerospace industry in Scotland.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Scottish Government

16:20 Q & A with the last three speakers

Session 3: The view from the industry.
- Aerospace industry panel discussion
Scott McLarty, Vice-President, UK Operations, Spirit AeroSystems
Alan Fraser, Managing Director, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft
Jim Houston, General Manger, Woodward
(each panelist will get up to 5 minutes to reflect on what they have heard earlier in the day before an open discussion and Q&A)

17:25 - Closing remarks and thanks from Ken Symon

17:30-18:00 - Our hosts, NATS, will offer delegates the opportunity to view the air traffic operation room from the viewing Gallery. Pre-booking is required.

Agenda may be subject to change.

Information and fees

We are pleased to offer the best value conference rates in Scotland:
Delegate rate: £110.00 + VAT
Fees include refreshments, networking lunch and exclusive access to the Post Conference Reports.

A £5 donation from every conference ticket will be made to the Festival of Flight charity, The Royal Air Forces Association

For more information please email or give the team a call on: 0131 620 8212

To book your place please click here.

The Scotsman Conferences are half day events. Registration will be from 12:30 with a networking lunch. The conference will draw to a close at approximately 17:30.

Key Speaker: See speaker list above
Venue: NATS Centre Prestwick, Fresson Avenue, Prestwick, KA9 2TR (Map Details)
Time: 05 September 2013, at 12:30

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