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2017 Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2017, San Francisco, CA ► CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco 
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California, USA, 94111


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 Chairman 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 Sunday, September 17, 2017 and concludes in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 

2017 Annual Conference - Draft Schedule

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
03:30 PM - 07:30 PM      Registration
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM      Opening Reception (all are welcome including companions)

Monday, September 18th, 2017
07:30 AM - 12:15 PM      Registration
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM      Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM      General Session Introductory Remarks
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM      Speaker - Michael Huggins, Chief Engineer, Aerospace Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM      Speaker - Dr. Robert C. Winn, Principal, Director-Aviation, and Chairman of the Board, Engineering Systems Inc.
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM      Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM      Speaker - David Curtis, President & CEO, Viking Air Limited
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM      Speaker - Brian Panish, Esq., Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
12:15 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

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM      Registration
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM      Continental Breakfast
09:00 AM - 11:30 PM      General Session
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM      Inga Beale DBE, CEO, Lloyd's of London
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM      Speakers - Ralph Pagano & Garth Aubert, Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM      Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM      Speaker - Brett Dorney, Director, Aretai
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM      Closing Luncheon (all are welcome including companions)
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM      Board of Trustees Meeting with Lead Underwriters, Legal Counsel and Brokers Committee Representatives

An FM Global Seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco following the ABC Conference.  Please make note of the seminar details below and book your ABC hotel room through Tuesday if you plan to attend.  A separate invitation will be sent directly from FM Global.

FM Global Lounge Seminar, “A Connecting Flight to FM Global”
Tuesday, September 19
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM followed by a reception and dinner