Our speakers in alphabetical order:

Mr. George DeCock

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For the past 30 years George was involved in engineering, marketing and sales of Communications, EW, Radar, EO/IR and ISR/Hyperspectral sensors.

He lived and worked in North America, Asia and Europe. As a serial expat, he presently enjoys work and life as a Sensor & Mission Specialist with Airborne Technologies GmbH. Since the early 1980s he has been a regular guest speaker at seminars on RWR, ESM, Radar, EOIR & Lasers, ISR and SatCom Monitoring systems.

He focuses on the development of new techniques, technologies, applications and customer requirements around the world. His present interest involves special sensor applications using airborne platforms in support of civilian and government requirements. He is a firm believer in the application of R-COTS to all airborne surveillance hardware, and is convinced that the future belongs to the use of small, multi-purpose aircraft and pods equipped with integrated multi-role sensors. At present he works on several programs with optimized payloads for manned and unmanned surveillance missions, and will share his experience and views on a new generation of sensors, pods and airborne platforms for quick-react global SAR deployments.

Mr. Burkhard Jäger

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The 47-year-old Burkhard Jäger holds a degree from Technical Universities Munich and Graz in the field of Aeronautical- and Business Engineering. He can look back on a long-standing experience in the field of aviation as an expert in design and certification.

In his last position he successfully managed a team of 25 engineers and was responsible for the handling of aviation projects from design and certification up to production support.

Since February 2015 he is supporting Airborne Technologies as CTO and Head of Design Organisation. In this role his main responsibilities are the Development and Certification of the ABT STC’s as well as the set-up of the ABT Design Organisation and the definition of the development processes.

In his leisure time he shares his profound expert knowledge in aviation. For the last 3 year he is an University Lecturer for “Aircraft Systems and Technologies” at the University for Applied Science in Wiener Neustadt.

Mr. Merv Green

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  • 42 years in the military and aerospace industry.
  • 12,000 flying hours Certificate of Competence’ on 10 aircraft types (helicopters, jet and propeller fixed wing aircraft)
  • Special Mission experience utilising maritime radar, sonar, EOIR, EW, Communications & recorders.
  • Qualified Instructor in aircraft systems and onboard sensor equipment
  • Delivered 5 aircraft projects to key clients
  • Trusted relationships with the UK military, and UK/Foreign Law Enforcement Agencies

Employment Experience
Cobham Aviation Services, Cobham Plc (1991 – 2016)
Electronic Warfare Officer (1991-93/ 2008 – 2016) on Falcon DA20 in EW and target towing role, including Diamond DA42, in support of UK MOD. Including initial system design, technical writing, including ground and flight test. Training Officer within Cobham to nominated pilots/operators to ensure a safe and professional introduction in service

Manager Surveillance Operations (1993-2008)
on Dornier 228 and Islander Bn2T in support of a UK HMC&E. Design, training and introduction into service of two Dornier 228’s. Instructor to Government Flying Services of Hong Kong, Swedish Coastguard and Caribbean Security Service (see below).

Mr. Erik Prince

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Erik D. Prince is a US-born entrepreneur, philanthropist, military veteran and private equity investor.

As a strong supporter of economic development in emerging markets, Mr. Prince is the founder and chairman of Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm that invests in transformative natural resource projects. He is also the chairman of Frontier Services Group, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that provides logistics and transportation services in Africa. Prior to establishing the Frontier Group of companies, Mr. Prince founded and ultimately sold Presidential Airways, a global transportation company with over 70 aircraft operating in emerging markets, and Blackwater, a provider of global security and logistics solutions to the US Government and others, which he sold in 2010.

Mr. Prince is married with 7 children. He was educated at Hillsdale College in Michigan and upon graduation enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Navy SEAL officer until 1996.

Mr. Richard Watson

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Richard has recently retired from the UK police service having served 33 years.

The last six years of his service has seen Richard build an impressive aviation portfolio. In 2009 he was appointed the Project Lead for the development of a national air service in England and Wales. Having developed the operational capability and structure, in 2012, Richard was appointed as the Ground Operations Director for the National Police Air Service. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of performance to all Police Services in England and Wales under the new organisation.

Richard represented the UK Blue Light services on the Government Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) Community of Interest set up to develop the roadmap to countrywide use of RPAS before 2018. In recognition of his contribution to police aviation, Richard was appointed as a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Richard is the first police officer to have been recognised in this manner and is a reflection of the influence he has had in shaping police aviation in recent years.

Away from work Richard has a passion for motorcycling, rugby and golf.