European Maintenance Symposium 2017

EMS 2017

European Maintenance Symposium

With the EMS 2017 coming nearer, could those of you who wish to attend the event please submit your registration and payment form by Monday 24th of April 2017. Sabena Aerospace Engineering and the Belgian Defense are very honored to may host the European Maintenance Symposium (EMS) 2017 in Belgium.

Find here the Chairman Invitation Letter

This year’s event will take place in Brussels on the 16th May to 17th May 2017. The theme for this year’s meeting will be “How to extend the lives of legacy C-130’s when parts supplies dry up?.


Due to the high demand of rooms in this period, it is recommended to perform the reservation for the hotel before Friday 17Th of March 2017.
Otherwise there is a risk that there will be no more rooms available.


Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Date: 15/05/2017 -17/05/2017


Hilton Guest Room Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Room Rate – per room per night € 199,00
City Tax – per room per night € 4.24 € 4.24
Total Room Rate – per room per night € 203,24

The bedroom rates are inclusive of VAT, Buffet Breakfast & WIFI.


by air:

We recommend taking a flight arriving in Brussels Zaventem International Airport (BRU). Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Terminal for a quick 20-minute drive to the hotel. Direct, regularly scheduled trains are also available, and reach Central Station in only 15 minutes.

by train:

Central Station
If you are travelling by train, we recommend taking a train to Brussels Central Station, situated right by the hotel.

South Station
Trains arriving from London via the Eurostar and from Paris/Amsterdam via Thalys will arrive at the South Station, only a 10-minute taxi ride away from the hotel. You can also take a train to Brussels Central Station with your Eurostar/Thalys ticket to reach Central Station, where the hotel is located, in just 5 minutes.

2017 EMS Presentations

The presentations of the Members of Industry and Vendors can be scheduled during the two days sessions. We encourage to orient the presentation to the theme “How to extend the lives of legacy C-130’s when parts supplies dry up?”. The desired effect is to expand the exchange of information to the EMS community without disclosing sensitive information. This will allow for an enhanced insight of operator challenges and issues by the main commercial entities and vendors.

All presentations may be transmitted by mail directly towards Major Tom Schepers of the Belgian Defense – e-mail

Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities EMS 2017

To discuss exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities, please email


Agenda EMS May 2017 Brussels

17.00 - 18.30 Registration
19.00 - 20.00 Welcome Drink
08.00 - 09.00 Early Registration
09.00 Chairman's opening speech
09.15 Keynote Speaker BEL Defence
10.00 Operator Presentation 1
10.25 Morning Break - Exhibitions
10.45 Operator Presentations 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
12.30 Lunch Break - Exhibitions
13.30 Operator Presentations 6 - 7 - 8
14.45 Afternoon Break - Exhibitions
15.00 EMS questions overview by EMS Srt
15.30 Specific domain workshops (AVX/ELEC, ENG/PROP, STRUC/SYS)
16.00 EMS questions overview
16.30 - 17.30 Exhibitions
TBD Gala Dinner
09.00 Nations closed session on industrial performance
10.30 Morning Break - Exhibitions
10.45 Debriefing on closed session
11.00 Sabena Aerospace presentation
11.30 Vector Aerospace presentation
12.00 Industrial presentations 3 - 4
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Industrial presentations 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
15.00 Afternoon Break - Exhibitions
15.30 Industrial presentations 11 - 12 - 13 - 14
15.30 Keynote Speaker 8
16.00 - 16.30 Closing notes & End of the conference
16.00 - 17.00 Closing Session