SEPTEMBER 10/11, 2020


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Pre-forum Research Conference

08:30 - 09:00     Registration

09:00 - 09:20     KEYNOTE: Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic "Sustainable development in aviation - new challenges"

09:20 - 09:40     Modelling a quantative assessment method of pilots' performance in evidence-based training
                          Z. Zabirov, A. Zabirov, V.Shestakov, Riga Technical University, MTAF

09:40 - 10:00     Design optimization of low speed airfoil for the UAV applications

                          Ali Arshad, Lucas Brandão Rodrigues, Iñigo Martínez López, Ilmārs Blumbergs, Institute of                                  Aeronautics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics

10:00 - 10:20     Role of higher education in aviation
                          Ilmars Blumbergs,  RTU Institute of Aeronautics

10:20 - 10:50     Lunch break

10:50 - 11:20     Tutorial class #1: “Achieving a sustainable aviation industry: Will technology save the day?”,
                           Dr. Darren Ellis, Centre for Air Transport Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

11:20 - 11:40     KEYNOTE: Zigmars Vestfals,Global Infrastructure, Strategic Fleet Manager at LSG Group. 

                          "The balance between the Routine and Safety Innovations - Short and simple stories, how                                  small steps and powerful ideas may increase operational safety and can bring more savings

                          for the company" 

11:40 - 12:00     Simulation as a decision supporting tool for airport planning, 

                          Mihails Savrasovs, Irina Yatskiv, Yurijs Tolujevs, Ilya Jackon, Transport and Telecommunication                               Institute

12:00 - 12:20     Modelling data streams of object positioning in airport ground transportation systems

                          Farid Saifutdinov, Ilya Jackson, Jurijs Tolujevs, Transport and Telecommunication Institute

12:20 - 12:40     Automated sensory monitoring system prototype for continuous monitoring of material and                                  structure state

                          M. Hauka, V.Pavelko, Technical University, Institute of Aeronautics

12:40 - 12:45     Closing remarks                                


Business forum - workshop

09.00 - 09:10     KEYNOTE: Talis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of Latvia 

09:10 - 09:20     Conference adress: Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic 

09:20 - 09:30     Conference adress: Serkan Kaptan, Deputy CEO, TAV Airports Holding

09:30 - 09:40     Economical and business consequences of Covid-19 on aviation in Latvia 

                          Arturs Kokars, CEO, Latvia Aviation Association

Infrastructure development

The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on aviation infrastructure, slowing down its modernisation and expansion. Companies are being forced to cut their expenses and re-evaluate investment plans.

However, there can be no flight growth without sustainable infrastructure. For this reason, the development of the Airport city concept in Riga Airport is still current, as well as the expansion of the terminal and construction of the railway station within the framework of the Rail Baltica project.

09:45 - 10:00     Global airport development and operations in a new condition
                            Serkan Kaptan, Deputy CEO, TAV Airports Holding

10:00 - 10:15     Riga Airport investments and development in a new condition

                          Arturs Saveljevs, Member of the Board, Riga International Airport

10:15 - 10:30     Challenges of European and Latvian ATM service providers after the Covid-19 crisis

                          Davids Taurins, CEO, SJSC Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme

10:30 - 11:25     PANEL Q&A 


  • Laila Odina, Chairwoman of Executive Board, Riga Internatioanl Airport

  • Hakan Uzunosmanoglu, Country Director at SIA TAV Latvia

  • Davids Taurins, CEO, SJSC Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme

  • Kaspars Briskens, Head of Strategy & Development, Rail Baltica

Connectivity of aviation – new normal

Not a single business plan or business continuity scenario could foresee the complete stoppage of aviation throughout Europe and around the world. Before we can discuss renewal of the sector, the big questions are: how many airlines and tourism operators will remain on the market, how will passenger habits change and what shape will new aviation health safety protection measures take? Likewise, it is crucial to restart tourism flows.

The national airline airBaltic has received substantial investment support from the State as a result of which the Latvian aviation industry hopes to keep its leader position on the future Baltic aviation market, and achieve sustain stable growth in Lithuania and Estonia.

11:30 - 11:45     What lies ahead for the Airline Industry

                          Raimonds Gruntins, Director of Regioanl Affairs Europe, IATA

11:45 - 12:00     Return to new-normal operations

                          Pauls Calitis, Member of the Board, airBaltic

12:00 - 12:15     Who and how will survive in Europe?

                          John Grant, Partner ar Midas Aviation

12:15 - 12:55     PANEL Q&A 


  • Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic 

  • Raimonds Gruntins, Director of Regioanl Affairs Europe, IATA

  • Kaspars Rozkalns, Director General at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)

  • Maris Gorodcovs, Director, Civil aviation agency

Aviation cargo & logistics

To limit the spread of the virus, passenger air traffic was greatly reduced or halted in the first six months of 2020. Since practically half of all aviation cargo is carried via liners, aviation logistics chains that took years and years to create were disrupted almost immediately. Now is the time to evaluate how cargo airlines have operated during the crisis, and what the industry's prospects are given the decrease in global production and uncertain prospects for economic renewal.

E-commerce is still a hot topic of discussion. That is why special attention in this forum will be given to cargo handling within the context of Brexit and to the application of value added tax to shipments of all sorts in compliance with the new EU regulations that will come into force in 2021.

13:0 - 13:55       Role of Cargo airlines on crisis logistics

                          Vitaly Andreev, CEO, Atran Airlines

13:15 - 13:30     Aviation cargo development - global trends after the crisis

                          Mete Erna, General Manager, Havas Ground Handling Co

13:30 - 13:45     New regulations and Brexit impact on cargo procedures in Europe

                          Irena Knoka, Head of the Customs Methodology Division at the State Revenue Service of Latvia

13:45 - 14:25     PANEL Q&A


  • Irena Knoka, Head of the Customs Methodology Division at the State Revenue Service of Latvia

  • Snezhina Kazakova, Managing Director, DHL Latvia

  • Vitaly Andreev, CEO, Atran Airlines

  • Mete Erna, General Manager, Havas Ground Handling Co

UAS commercial application

A flying aircraft with an electric drive is no longer science fiction or a hobby project. UAS is steadily becoming a business area worth billions that will change the technical conditions of airspace use as well as introduce various new commercial services, starting with pizza deliveries and e-commerce shipments to complex monitoring and research works.

UAS is developing rapidly and at times that can lead to mistakes, which gives us the opportunity to learn and improve the performance of these systems. This is why special attention will be given to the analysis of various safety situations and conclusions which will create a basis for well-justified additions to legislative initiatives.

14:30 - 14:45     New trends for common use of airspace for UAS & aftermath of UAV Factory drone escape

                          Ilmars Ozols, Inspector, Latvia CAA

14:45 - 15:00     Commercial applications of UAS and related safety issues

                          Oliver Nuffer, Business Development division at Airbus DS Airbone Solutions

15:00 - 15:15     The use of drones and aspects that limit rapid development of UAS technologies

                          Janis Kuze, CEO, SPH Engineering

15:15 - 16:25     PANEL Q&A


  • Oliver Nuffer, Business Development division at Airbus DS Airbone Solutions

  • Ilmars Ozols, Inspector, Latvia CAA

  • Janis Kuze, CEO, SPH Engineering

16:25 - 16:30     Wrapping up

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program

10 September 2020
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