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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Monday, June 25, 2018

8:00AM Golf outing - RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove

Golfers will find newly renovated courses at Magnolia Grove. The topography at Magnolia Grove features creeks, marshland, and lakes with each of the 54 holes carved through indigenous hardwood and pine.

 Magnolia Grove was recently named one of the "Top 50 Public Courses" by Golf World Magazine readers. The Crossings and Falls courses are also listed in Golf Digest's "Places to Play" as two of the nation's great value courses and as "America's Top 50 Affordable Courses."

T-time: 0800, 18-hole match-up, 4-Person Scramble. Green fee: $50.

To Register, e-mail or call David Clark of Visit Mobile,, +1-251-591-4357. Provide your name, company, contact information and your average 18-hole score and handicap.

2:00PM Optional Tour of the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line

Charter bus service from the Battle House Hotel to the FAL at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, 10 minutes from downtown Mobile, is provided. The FAL is currently assembling four A320/321s per month using the process shared in Airbus’ other A320 Family production facilities in Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China and Toulouse, France. Hear about how Airbus built the facility from a greenfield site and brought together its talented team of professionals. 

Registrations for the Airbus FAL tour are now closed.

4:30PM Cocktail reception

Day 2: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

7:30AM Check-in for the conference, continental breakfast & networking
8:30AM Welcoming remarks by Leeham Co.
Scott Hamilton, Managing Director, Leeham Co.
8:35AM Welcoming remarks by Airfinance Journal
Laura Mueller, Managing Director, Airfinance Journal
8:40AM Welcoming remarks by Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City of Mobile
Sandy Stimpson, Mayor, City of Mobile
9:00AM Transformation in manufacturing
The next generation of aircraft could be adopting advanced manufacturing technologies with robotic applications (Cobots, Mobots) for metallic structure, automated fiber placement and additive manufacturing. New, clean-sheet aircraft design will be standardizing the practices of additive manufacturing components (3D printing) which obsoletes many traditional machining technologies.
George Bullen, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
9:45AM Transformation in the supply chain

OEMs continue to consolidate suppliers and the Big Two are bringing more development and production in-house that was previously contracted.  This presentation looks at this trend and other related issues.

10:30AM Refreshments & networking opportunity
11:00AM Developing aerospace clusters in the Southeast
Mobile is the latest aerospace center to be developed in the Southeast, but it’s not the only one. Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and the Carolinas all have clusters. All continue to attract growth. The clusters include commercial aviation, defense, space and corporate aerospace and aviation sectors. There are incentives, workforce training, educational opportunities, cost of doing business advantages the region promotes. This Session explains.
Shawn Welcome, Senior Director of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development
Becky Ford, Director, Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Bill Sisson, President, Mobile Chamber of Commerce
Becky Thompson, Global Recruitment Bureau Manager, Mississippi Development Authority
11:45AM Engines in the Southeast
Engines manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are long-time residents of the Southeast. P&W builds and tests commercial and military engines in Florida. Rolls-Royce tests engines at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Representatives discuss their operations and supply chain factors.
James Speich, Marketing Director, Pratt & Whitney
12:30PM Lunch, networking opportunity and luncheon keynote speaker

NASA is on a journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond while utilizing science on the International Space Station and ramping up public-private partnerships for the future of deep space human exploration. Mr. May will discuss these efforts and how the private sector can be part of 21st century space exploration.

Todd May, Center Director, NASA Marshall
1:45PM Converting passenger aircraft to cargo

Elbe Flugzeugwerke, better known as EFW, and Precision Conversion are the first companies to undertake converting Airbus A320s/A321s from passenger models to freighters. The advanced design of the A320 family presents some special challenges. The aircraft have reached the age where acquisition and conversion cost is economically feasible. Precision Conversions undertakes it modifications in Florida. EFW is a joint venture with ST Aerospace and Airbus.

Brian McCarthy, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Precision Conversions
2:30PM Refreshments & networking opportunity
3:00PM Embraer Executive Jet Operations in the Southeast

Embraer has a major facility in Melbourne (FL) for its Executive Jets division and other operations throughout the Southeast.

Phil Krull, Managing Director, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Inc
3:30PM Is your factory digital twin more of a first cousin?
Digital Twins come in many flavors, representing different types of object. The term is most widely used to represent the current state of a manufactured product, and increasingly Digital Twins of the factory itself are emerging. Factory Digital Twins themselves come in more than one variety, and in this presentation Mr. Jennings argues that each of them is incomplete.
Adrian Jennings, Vice President, RTLS Technology, Ubisense
4:00PM Evolving aerospace cluster at Mobile
Since the opening of the A320 FAL, 19 companies have agreed to or have opened business here to support the FAL. This panel discusses the evolution of the A320 support cluster, what’s needed and how to support the new CSeries FAL.
Chris Curry, Executive Director, Mobile Airport Authority
4:45PM Product development & production outlook for the mid-term

Airbus and Boeing announced record-high production rate hikes for the A320 and 737 families and the 787. Even higher rates are being studied for the single-aisle airplanes and the Airbus A350. The prospect of a New Midrange Aircraft and an Airbus response may see clarity as early as this year. What do suppliers need to look for? An independent outlook is provided.

Scott Hamilton, Managing Director, Leeham Co.
5:15PM Cocktail reception & networking opportunity
6:30PM Dinner - Reservations required & keynote speaker
Kay Ivey, Governor, The State of Alabama

Day 3: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

7:30AM Continental Breakfast, Networking Opportunity
8:30AM Airbus Final Assembly Lines

The A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile opened in September 2015. Airbus outlines its progress thus far and talks about its future in light of aircraft demand, the addition of the Bombardier CSeries Final Assembly Line and the growing aerospace cluster in the Southeast.


Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager, Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility, Airbus
9:15AM Bombardier’s C Series Final Assembly Line
Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace
10:00AM Refreshment break & networking
10:30AM Becoming a supplier for Airbus
Joe Marcheschi, Director of Procurement, Airbus Americas, Airbus
11:15AM Key companies in & around Mobile & their needs

United Technologies, MAAS and Continental Motors Group are among the largest companies already in Mobile. Representatives describe their current operations and future needs.

Rhett Ross, President & Chief Executive Officer, Continental Motors Group
Geoffrey Myrick, Chief Operating Officer - US Operations, MAAS Aviation