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2018 Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2018, Miami Beach, Florida

Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida, USA, 33139


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The Aircraft Builders Council conducts a conference each year, which is an informational forum on the most recent developments in the aviation and aerospace industry and products liability. This annual conference is unique in that it brings together insureds, potential insureds, lead underwriters, brokers and defense counsel, all at one locale.

Presentations are given on subjects of current interest, including insurance, law, governmental activity, and aviation and aerospace technology. In the past, speakers have included the CEO of Lloyd's, Administrators of the FAA, NASA Astronauts, United States District Court Judges, United States Legislators, as well as experts in the aerospace industry.

An important feature of this conference includes the participation of the program's lead underwriters, who are available for private consultations with insureds and potential insureds, together with their brokers.


The conference begins with an evening reception on Monday, September 17, 2018 and concludes in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 

2018 Annual Conference - Schedule

Monday, September 17, 2018  (NOTE THE RECEPTION STARTS ON MONDAY)
03:30 PM - 07:30 PM      Registration
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM      Opening Reception (all are welcome including companions)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
07:30 AM - 12:15 PM      Registration
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM      Hot Buffet Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM      General Session Introductory Remarks
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM      Matt Barton, Flightpath Economics LLC
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM      Itash Samani and Lou Nemeth, CAE
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM      Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM      Christopher S. HIckey, Esq., Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM      Christian Popp, JetBlue Airways
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM      Lunch (on your own)
01:30 PM - 05:00 PM      Individual Meeting with Underwriters (two rooms)
01:30 PM - 05:00 PM      Individual Meeting with Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert LLP
01:30 PM - 04:00 PM      Board of Trustees only Meeting

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
08:00 AM - 12:30 PM      Registration
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM      Hot Buffet Breakfast
09:00 AM - 09:45 AM      Scott A. Shappell, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
09:45 AM - 10:30 AM      Grant Organ, Aretai Risk Management Consulting Limited
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM      Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM      Richard Perrot, Thales Avionics
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM      Dr. David Pritchard, Pravco LLC / SUNY Empire State College
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM      Closing Luncheon (all are welcome including companions)
01:00 PM -  03:00 PM     Board of Trustees Meeting with Lead Underwriters, Legal Counsel and Brokers Committee Representatives

An FM Global Seminar will be held following the ABC Conference. A separate invitation will be sent directly from FM Global.