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The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is known for a program of presentations that are right-on and to-the-point, and inspiring discussions.

Interaction between speakers and audience and among the attendees is encouraged at all times.

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is a results-oriented conference. We encourage speakers to make their presentations in Town Hall Style. The objective of a town hall meeting is to give as many people as possible an opportunity to ask questions, speak, present ideas, and voice opinions, that may be further discussed. It may be an excellent opportunity find out where the concerns of the attendees lie. The speaker may give advice, suggest a solution, tell about how a comparable situation was solved elsewhere. Or the attendee's concern may be deeper explored to discover a yet unthought-of idea. Nothing is really considered to be off limits in these situations.

However, it is the speaker's prerogative to lead the session in any particular direction or to keep it within certain parameters.

Program schedule 2019
(the agenda format and time slots may be subject to change, additions or corrections)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Meet & Greet, Registration at the reception area of Simpson Bay Resort

13:00 - 19:00

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
08:00 - 12:30

Conference Room

09:00 - 09:15

Opening 4th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup
Honorable Stuart Johnson, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication of St.Maarten

09:15 - 10:00

"Friendly Skies; Liberalizing Airlift in the Caribbean"
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Principal Partner of the Bedford Baker Group, Nassau, Bahamas profile

10:00 - 10:45

"Re-Energizing Destination Marketing"
Mico Cascais, Principal at Mico Cascais, Inc.,Ft. Lauderdale, USA profile

10:45 - 11:15

Networking Break

Conference Room

11:15 - 12:00

"How businesses may approach Caribbean governments for private/public aviation ventures"
Rob Ceravolo, CEO, Tropic Ocean Airways, Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA profile

Marina Gazebo Restaurant

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Buffet

Conference Room

13:30 - 14:15

"Caribbean Airlift Policy Approaches and Strategies"
Giselle Hollander, Director of the Sector Traffic & Transport at the Ministry of Traffic, Transport & Spatial Planning of the Government of Curacao, Willemstad, Curacao profile

14:15 - 15:00

"Freedoms of the Air"
William R. Bohlke, President & Chief Pilot at Bohlke International Airways, Kingshill, US Virgin Islands profile

15:00 - 15:30

Networking Break

Conference Room

15:30 - 17:00

"Opportunities for connecting the Caribbean to Africa through Travel and Tourism, as well as Trade, Investment and Cultural Exchange" (Panel Discussion)
Marie Roger Biloa (Cameroon), CEO of The Africa International Media Group, Paris, France (moderator) profile ;
Anthony Aledejana (Nigeria), Co-owner African Market, St.Maarten
Désiré Whadjah Aman (Ghana), Business Developer, Cross Media Consultant for foreign TV, Paris, France

"Opportunities for connecting the Caribbean to Africa through Travel and Tourism, as well as Trade, Investment and Cultural Exchange" (Panel Discussion)
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It is fair to state that a major number of Caribbeans have their roots of origin in Africa. Is it possible that a culture that was torn apart by great injustice can be mended? Can the Caribbean by meeting the descendants of the culture which with they once had in common, recognize the opportunities to create a bond between the people on both sides of the Atlantic who share common roots? Could a
brotherhood between Africa and the Caribbean be created? Could at this conference an initiative be born for air transportation that results in visitor exchange, cultural exchange and trade exchange? Here and now, Africa reaches out to the Caribbean and the Caribbean might want to seriously listen to what is discussed in this panel session.

Sky Lounge Rooftop
19:00 - ...
Welcome Dinner and Evening of the Awards

Dinner presentations:

"Welcome to St.Martin/St.Maarten"
Valerie Damaseau, First Vice President of the Collectivity St.Martin and President at the Tourist Office St.Martin and
Stuart Johnson, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication of St.Maarten

Sapphire Pegasus Awards ceremony
Awards to be presented by Sapphire Pegasus Board of Advice Members Cdr. Slabbaert (Chairman), Liz Clark, Liz Moscrop, Kathryn Creedy

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Sapphire Pegasus Awards

The Sapphire Pegasus is a trophy to honor outstanding performers in the Business Aviation sector.

This year the Sapphire Pegasus will be presented for the 3nd time in the Western Hemisphere. During the Dinner, ??? outstanding performers will be honored with the 'Sapphire Pegasus Award for Business Aviation'.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - the conference day at Grand Case airport
The sessions on Wednesday, June 12, will be held at the Grand Case Airport (SFG/TFFG) on the French side of St.Martin. Participants of the conference will be transported by bus from/to our conference venue Simpson Bay Resort to the French airport.

On the island, it is claimed that a "trip to Sint Maarten would not be complete without a ride aboard an Open Top Double Decker Bus," and "Enjoy the charm and part of the scenery of this dual personality island onboard the double-decker sightseeing bus, etc...". The bus service is sponsored by Island-Sigtseeing.com.

These sessions at Grand Case airport as well as the lunch break will be held in a unique atmosphere, and in a different way than at any other international aviation conference.
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Conference Hangar -

09:10 - 09:15

"Welcome to St.Martin"
Honorable Daniel Gibbs, President of the Collectivité of Saint Martin

09:15 - 09:45

"Socio-Economic Impact of an Airport on Region and Community"
Cyril Godeau, Commercial Director at EDEIS, Paris, France profile

09:45 - 10:15

"Futuristic Regional Airport Design For A Profit Making Concept"
Ir. Damien Richardson, architect and visionary, St.Maarten profile

10:15 - 10:45

"Airport Challenges, Opportunities and Future"
Ramesh Ghir, CEO, Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana profile

10:45 - 11:00

Networking Break

Conference Hangar

11:00 - 11:45

"Airport Master Planning: Benefits and Trends"
Maurice Best, Ottawa, Canada, Senior Associate, Transportation, (Aviation & Defense)at STANTEC profile and Warren Thompson, Winnipeg, Canada, Principal, Programs & Business Solutions at STANTEC profile

Restaurant Rancho Del Sol, Orient Bay

12:00 - 13:30


Conference Hangar

13:30 - 14:10

"The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority"
Capt. Paul Delisle, Flight Operations Inspector, ECCAA, Antigua

14:10 - 14:50

"Training Is The Prerequisite Investment For Aviation Growth & Success"
Brian Luke, CEO of the Safesky Group, President Bluewater Crew Training, Captain at JetBlue Airways, Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA profile

14:50 - 15:30

"Leveraging Airlift For Expeditionary Relief"
Bob Pudney, President of Blue Tide Marine, Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA profile

15:30 - 15:50

Networking Break

Conference Hangar

15:50 - 16:15

"Putting The Caribbean On Floats"
Dan Gutz, Product Sales Director US, Canada & Caribbean, Large Floats at Wipaire Inc., St.Paul, MN, USA profile

16:15 - 17:00

"The Ideal Aircraft for the Caribbean"
Textron/Cessna Aviation

ALSO on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Exclusive Summit on St.Barth by invitation only

Departure from and return to Grand Case airport and using the same bus service as above.

Exclusive Summit on St.Barth

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An exclusive Summit for only 12 participants. Air transportation is included. St.Barth is the neighbor island of St.Maarten/St.Martin. Distance 32km/20 miles; a flight of about 15 minutes. The Territorial Collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy (=official name)is a part of the Republic of France and the European Union. It has one member in the French Senate.

There are lessons to be learned. St. Barth is sometimes called the St Tropez of the Caribbean. Touristically, the island is well-developed and there is no need to grow more; it is necessary to sustain and retain. The philosophy is not to develop tourism, but rather to develop quality. It is vital for locals and tourists alike that there is not more in quantity, but quality is something that can always be improved. It doesn't want large cruise ships and it doesn't want to have a large airport.

It is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean and it may have the highest standard of living. International investment and the wealth generated by tourists explain the high standard of living on the island.

St. Barthélemy has about 25 hotels, most of them with 15 rooms or fewer. The largest has 58 rooms. The most expensive hotel on the island, has 12 rooms. Most places of accommodation are in the form of private villas, of which there are some 400 available to rent on the island. Weekly rentals run in the tens of thousands of US$. The island's tourism industry, though expensive, attracts 70,000 visitors every year to its hotels and villas and another 130,000 people arrive by boat (yacht). The clientele is loyal and they consider the island part of their life and part of their lifestyle.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Conference Room Cabana Room

09:00 - 09:45

"Destination Tourism Product Development"
Gabriel Amado, President United Tour Operators Foundation and CEO/Founder 'Island-Sightseeing' brand profile

"Caribbean Traffic Growth & Challenges through Air Traffic Management Technologies"
Patrick Lefevre, Business Development Manager Air Traffic Management at Thales, Paris, France profile

09:45 - 10:30

"U.S. Preclearance"
Rebekah Bacon, Asst Director of Border Security for the Office of Field Operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dallas, TX, USA profile

"Mobile and Prefabricated ATC Tower Systems"
Michel Roy, Co-President of Aeronav Inc., Montreal, Canada profile

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

Conference Room Cabana Room

11:00 - 12:00

"Tourism Matters, So Does Airlift"
Adrian Loveridge, tourism expert, hotel owner and journalist, Christ Church, Barbados profile

"SMS and Flight Following"
Kodey Bogart, Regional Sales Director, Spider Tracks Ltdprofile

Marina Gazebo Restaurant

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Buffet

Conference Room Cabana Room

13:30 - 14:15

"Solving Caribbean Job/Development Issues By Attracting Young People To The Aviation Industry"
Dr. Sean Gallagan, Associate Dean of Transportation Programs, Broward College, Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA profile

"Leadership In Management And In Support Services"
Cameron Singh, Area General Manager at Signature Flight Support, St.George, Antigua profile

14:15 - 15:00

"Training And Mentoring To Service A Demanding Clientele"
Paula Kraft is the Founding Partner of the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute profile

"General Aviation Services in Panama, Cuba, and Guatamala"
Tupac Serrano, Business Development Manager, Mapiex International, Panama profile

15:00 - 15:30

Networking Break

Conference Room ATC Tower, Princess Juliana

15:30 - 16:15

"Women in Aviation"
Elizabeth A. Clark, Executive Director and Founding member of Women in Corporate Aviation, Memphis, TN, USA profile

"Air Traffic Control Tower Tour 1"
Duncan Van Heyningen, Manager of ATS (Air Traffic Services) Training & Development at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM-Airport), St.Maarten profile

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16:15 - 17:00

Conference Debriefing
What did we learn from this year's conference and how are we going to make it better next year?

"Air Traffic Control Tower Tour 2"
Duncan Van Heyningen, Manager of ATS (Air Traffic Services) Training & Development at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM-Airport), St.Maarten profile

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Marina Upper Deck

19:00 -

Closing Party

(the agenda format and time slots may be subject to change, additions or corrections)

SXM-Airport Tower visits at the conference

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One Tower for AirTraffic Control of Six Airports

Air traffic controllers at Juliana Air Traffic Services (JATS) need to be on their toes. They are responsible for airspace around Dutch and French St.Maarten which coexist on the island. It also oversees the five smaller airports on the islands of Anguilla, Saba, Saint Barth, Sint Eustatius and at Grand-Case in French St. Martin. Together the airfields come under three different civil aviation authorities: the Dutch, French and the UK. Further complexity comes because SXM falls within the San Juan Flight Information Region (FIR) overhead and to the west, and in the Piarco FIR to the east and south. This all makes for incredibly complex air traffic management. JATS can usually get aircraft entering its airspace on the ground within 12 minutes. However, in winter this can take up to 45 minutes, since there could be 15-20 aircraft inbound, adding to ground congestion at SXM. There a limited size of airspace and other fields in close proximity. Aircraft may be flying for less than 5 minutes before transiting to another airspace because the airspace is constitutionally split. While neighboring Saba and St Eustatius are governed by the Netherlands, Anguilla comes under the British CAA, and average distance from SXM before hitting another jurisdiction is between three and five nautical miles. There also is a huge mix of traffic; fast moving aircraft like a big Boeing 747-400 alongside a small Cessna 172s.

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