The MPASG (Manufacturers, Products and Airports Study Group) deals with the non-flying aspects within the aerospace arena on behalf of the members of the IUAI. This study group would review airport operators and those companies which operate at airports, including refuellers, FBOs, maintenance and repair shops, baggage loaders and security to name but a few. The MPASG would also review the portfolio which embraces those who manufacture aircraft and those who manufacture aircraft parts.

2019 Plenary Session

Michel Rohr, in his first AGM as Chairman of the MPASG, started the Bordeaux session by introducing the speakers and topics, and also by providing some brief personal thoughts on the current position on exposures across the Manufacturers and Products sector.

Following Michel’s introduction, Axel von Frowein and Andrew Webster (a new member of the MPASG) made an in-depth examination of Airworthiness Directives, looking at the ICAO Framework, along with some of the regional variations, and then drawing some conclusions for insurers.

Following on from the discussion of Airworthiness Directives, Simon Abbott updated Delegates on occurrence/non occurrence groundings. Simon looked at the history and background of grounding events and coverage, and then drew comparisons between losses for insurers going back to 1999, noting that the majority of losses have arisen within the last 15 years, with the bulk of those being in the past ten. Simon then provided some insights, provided by McLarens Aviation, into the reasons for this steep increase over the past few years. Simon’s presentation was a useful investigation of this issue, and augmented David Hitchen’s (McLarens) view of the grounding issue from a technical perspective as presented during the Legal & Claims session held later in the day.

Following Simon’s presentation, the MPASG welcomed Benoit Berger, EVP, Procurement and Purchasing of Dassault Aviation, who gave an outline of Dassault’s transformation plans for the company.

The last two presentations of the MPASG firstly saw Paolo Silvestri reviewing the background and history of Ground Handling Agreements and comparing this to Agreements now being negotiated. The MPASG session closed with both Roger Sethsson and John Wadhams giving an update on safety and security relating to drone operations, against the background of the drone incursions at Gatwick in the UK in December 2018.

Michel Rohr, in his first AGM as Chairman of the MPASG, started the Bordeaux session by introducing the speakers and topics, and also by providing some brief personal thoughts on the current position on exposures across the Manufacturers and Products sector.

Following Michel’s introduction, Axel von Frowein and Andrew Webster (a new member of the MPASG) made an in-depth examination of Airworthiness Directives, looking at the ICAO Framework, along with some of the regional variations, and then drawing some conclusions for insurers.

In the light of the discussion of Airworthiness Directives, Simon Abbott updated Delegates on occurrence/non occurrence groundings. Simon looked at the history and background of grounding events and coverage, and then drew comparisons between losses for insurers going back to 1999, noting that the majority of losses have arisen within the last 15 years, with the bulk of those being in the past ten. Simon then provided some insights, provided by McLarens Aviation, into the reasons for this steep increase over the past few years. Simon’s presentation was a useful investigation of this issue, and augmented David Hitchen’s (McLarens) view of the grounding issue from a technical perspective as presented during the Legal & Claims session held later in the day.

After Simon’s presentation, the MPASG welcomed Benoit Berger, EVP, Procurement and Purchasing of Dassault Aviation, who gave an outline of Dassault’s transformation plans for the company.

The last two presentations of the MPASG firstly saw Paolo Silvestri reviewing the background and history of Ground Handling Agreements and comparing this to Agreements now being negotiated. The MPASG session closed with both Roger Sethsson and John Wadhams giving an update on safety and security relating to drone operations, against the background of the drone incursions at Gatwick in the UK in December 2018.

 

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