AViCON 2018



Since 1998, the AViCON conference has provided an educational forum for a wide range of aviation insurance professionals including claims managers, airline board members, product manufacturers, government investigators, and many more.

• July 15:    Early Bird Ticket Sale Closes

• August 31:    General Admission Closes

• September 13:    Late Admission Closes

Terms & Conditions

Registration Confirmation
Your registration will be confirmed by email within 2 business days. Please check your junk and/or spam email folder for confirmation prior to contacting the AViCON Registrar. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 5 business days the date your registration was submitted, or you have other registration questions, email avicon@rtiforensics.com or call +1 866 327 1165. Register by May 11 for the Super early bird rate, fees expire at 11:59 PM (ET).

Cancellation Policy:
50% cancellation fee will be assessed on cancellations received by June 14 – August 12, 2018.
100% cancellation fee will be assessed on ALL CANCELLATIONS after August 13, 2018.
Refunds will NOT be given for no shows.

Cancellations requests must be made in writing and sent to avicon@rtiforensics.com Cancellations will not be accepted by phone or onsite. Cancellations will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two weeks, please contact Heather Wallinovich at +1 866 327 1165 or by email heather.wallinovich@rtiforensics.com

Substitution Policy
Substitutions will be allowed before a badge is picked up, so long as the replacement individual is from the same organization. Substitutions will not be made once the original registrant has attended any portion of the conference. The original registrant may make the substitution by emailing avicon@rtiforensics.com by Friday, August 31, 2018. Beginning September 1, 2018, all substitutions must be made onsite and require hard copy/written permission from the original registrant granting the substitution.

Attendee Policy
Attendance is for members of the legal, Insurance and Aviation manufacturing industries ONLY. Individuals not in the trade should not attend. RTI’s AViCON reserves the right to accept or reject registrations and to cancel any previously accepted reservations, at any time, at its sole discretion, without liability to the registrant or any other party. This policy was instituted to maintain the professional environment of the AViCON conference while protecting the interests of our attendees and exhibitors.

Loud, abusive, or defamatory language, harassment or other unprofessional or inappropriate behavior is not permitted at any time at the conference. If such conduct is engaged in by a registrant, please be advised that RTI may cancel any previously accepted reservations, at any time, at its sole discretion, without liability to the registrant or any other party, and the registrant agrees to exit the premises immediately.

RTI, its sole discretion, reserves the right to decline the registration of any applicant that may violate national security or export compliance laws, including U.S. economic sanctions. Applicants must provide full, truthful information when registering, in accordance with registration terms and conditions.

Photo and Video Policy
Attendees are permitted to use hand-held cameras to take photographs, capture digital images, and videotape within public areas of AViCON 2018 for personal, non-commercial use. Public areas include the exhibit hall; general session, technical, panel and workshop rooms; lobby areas; and hallways.

Large cameras, photo or video equipment, or ancillary equipment such as lighting, tripods, cables, etc. are prohibited (except in instances where approval from RTI show management is obtained).

All photographers and videographers are prohibited from entering, photographing, or videotaping non-public areas of RTI and AViCON2018. Non-public areas include storage areas; speaker ready rooms; staff offices; and dedicated meeting rooms.

All photographers and videographers are prohibited from impeding attendee traffic flow, blocking doors, stairs, elevators and escalators, and affecting the safety of attendees. All photographers and videographers must fully and immediately comply with any requests, directions, or instructions of AViCON conference management related to safety concerns. All photographers and videographers must obtain exhibitor approval before capturing images within the exhibitor’s booth space.

While attending AViCON 2018, all photographers and videographers must comply with all applicable rules, including but not limited to, this policy, all applicable laws, ordinances, municipal regulations, standard operating procedures and administrative procedures. AViCON conference management may evaluate the actions of a photographer or a videographer, and if a determination is made that the actions of a photographer or videographer are not in compliance with any applicable rule, AViCON conference management may terminate the permission granted by this policy.

Export Compliance
RTI and AViCON remind conference participants that they are responsible for compliance with regulations limiting the release of export-controlled technology or technical data and the provision of defense services to non-U.S. persons under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). AViCON is not liable for unauthorized releases of technical data by conference attendees.

Force Majeure
In case the premises for the conference is destroyed by Acts of God, fire or the elements or by any cause, or in case of government intervention or regulation, military activity, terrorism, civil disturbance, strikes, labor disputes, or any other circumstances make it impossible or inadvisable to hold the conference at the time and place provided, the attendee waives any claim for damages or compensation, except the pro rata return of the amount paid for admission, after deduction of actual expenses incurred in connection with the exhibition and there shall be no further liability on the part of either party. In no event, shall RTI, its officers, directors, trustees, or agents be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the failure to hold the conference.

Photo Use Release
By way of ordering ticket(s) for AViCON 2018 I grant and authorize RTI Group, LLC the right to take, edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, distribute and make use of any and all pictures or video taken of me to be used in and/or for legally promotional materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, fundraising letters, annual reports, press kits and submissions to journalists, websites, social networking sites and other printing and digital communications, without payment or any other consideration. This authorization extends to all languages, media, forms, and markets now known or hereafter devised. This authorization shall continue indefinitely unless I otherwise revoke said authorization in writing to avicon@rtiforensics.com.

I understand and agree that these materials shall become the property of RTI Group, LLC and will not be returned.

I hereby hold harmless and release RTI Group, LLC from all liability, petitions, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representative, executors, administrators, or any other persons may make while acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate.

This two-day program centers around a fictional case study featuring discussions lead by legal and insurance experts. Together, we will explore considerations and complexities of the case from accident investigation, legal discovery, multi-party litigation, and conclude with a live claim resolution exercise.

At 15:30, on June 21, 2018,  a USAF operated R-75 (a militarized version of a Pilatus PC-12) takes off from Martin State Airport, MD, carrying sensitive, classified materials. The pilot, a contractor for the DOD, travels along an IFR route towards Cape May, NJ. At the border of Maryland and Delaware, the R-75 collides with a civilian GA aircraft. The R-75 sustains damage to its landing gear and belly while the GA is totaled. The R-75 contacts the nearest airport, Wilmington Airport, and declares emergency.

Upon touching down on runway 01 at Wilmington, the landing gear collapses and the R-75 skids down the runway coming to a stop. ATC grounds all flights, leaving regional jet Bestgate flight 913, previously preparing for takeoff,  stranded on the tarmac. After several hours, fights broke out between passengers and airline personnel on board flight 913, causing physical damage to passengers, crew, and the interior of the aircraft. Approximately four hours later, Bestgate flight 913 is allowed to return to the gate.

*Details subject to change.


( Preconference )

Afternoon at The Point at Pintail

Sports Clay Outing

   THURSDAY, SEPT. 13   

8:00 A.M. Registration & Welcome Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introduction

Joseph Reynolds, RTI                              James Robinson, Gordon & Rees               Ted Dunlap, RTI


Litigation of Military Crashes

Justin Green, Kreindler & Kreindler           Michael Schofield, Clark Partington


Insurance Claims from the Twilight Zone: Passengers, Airports, and Support Animals, Oh My!

Don Machalinski, Tressler                          Mike McGrory, SmithAmundsen            Christa Hinckley, LeClairRyan

12:00 P.M.

Networking Lunch & Book Signing "Thermal Runaway", with Stephen Carbone

Stephen Carbone, author of The Air Crash Files series


Ethics     TBD


Strange Bedfellows: Plaintiff and Defendant Cooperation - To The Consternation of Co-Defendants

Tracey Steele, AIG                               Brian Alexander, Kreindler & Kreindler


NTSB Interaction with Foreign Nations

James Rodriguez, Holland & Knight     TBD

3:00 Getting Your Hands Dirty - Interactive Breakout Sessions
  Big Data - What’s There, Who Has It, Who Gets It, and How
  Best Practices for Aircraft Engine Inspection
5:00 Conference Adjourns to The Inn at The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

AViCON Banquet  Keynote Speaker


*Speakers and schedule may be subject to change

   FRIDAY, SEPT. 14   

8:00 A.M. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 Introductions and Welcome Back                     Steve Hull, RTI
9:15 Back to the Future: Technological Improvement or Disruption “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and BlockChain”
   Paul Bowles, Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert   David Tochen, LeClair Ryan
  Not Just About the Money: Non-monetary Resolution to Cases
   Alisa Brodkowitz, Friedman Rubin     TBD
  Live ADR Exercise: Where We Resolve All the Claims in Arbitration
   Ricardo Martinez-Cid, Podhurst Orseck
   Diane Westwood Wilson, LeClairRyan,
   James Robinson, Gordon & Rees


Thank you to our sponsors



DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel comprised of 22,000 like-minded defense practitioners. DRI is host to 29 substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice. DRI hosts renowned CLE seminars, conferences, and webcasts.





The Aviation Insurance Association is committed to enhancing the aviation insurance industry worldwide and the professional lives of those who work in it through a variety of programs and services.




Ed Libassi has dedicated his life to aviation. His reliability, insight and no nonsense approach has given his clients the confidence to trust their lives and the lives of their families, in his able hands.

Ed is committed to providing the highest quality of expert consultant services for individuals, corporations or legal counsel. Ed’s past history, on the ground, hands-on experience provides the kind of knowledge and understanding only a true source of expertise possesses. He will deliver the results you want, keeping you informed, prepared and confident in any aviation inquiry.





Curt Lewis and Associates, LLC is a multi-discipline technical and scientific consulting firm specializing in aviation and industrial safety. The firm, established in 2005, targets safety management systems, system safety audits and safety training programs, risk management, accident investigation, litigation support and quality assessments. By making safety an integral part of your business, you will significantly reduce the cost of insurance deductibles, legal fees, lost time and overtime, cost of investigation, loss of productivity and equipment, and most importantly, injury or death to your employees and customers.





The hallmark of Holland & Knight's success has always been and continues to be legal work of the highest quality, performed by well-prepared lawyers who revere their profession and are devoted to their clients. Holland & Knight remains dedicated to developing and maintaining long-term relationships. The firm's growth is due in large part to the success of our clients. We are honored to be able to contribute to their success and growth across the United States and around the world. Since our beginning, Holland & Knight attorneys have delivered focused, responsive and personalized service resulting in lasting relationships with our clients.


John Darer is a well-known highly skilled structured settlement expert, Certified Financial Transitionist, Registered Settlement Planner, licensed insurance agent and thought leader, who is a 2018 A.M. Best Recommended Structured Settlement Expert for structured settlements. John Darer breaks down complex financial ideas and concepts, moves them out of the abstract and articulates them in a way to empower people of any level, with the essential knowledge to feel confident to make decisions. Drawing on over 30 years of practical hands-on settlement consulting and financial services experience, John Darer assists domestic, London market, and other international clients and counsel in some of the most complex cases in aviation, personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, environmental, transportation and maritime, employment, divorce and commercial contract settlements. John's diverse background brings a valuable asset to the table for his clients, whether providing assistance at mediation, during discovery, post-settlement, or "on the fly" New York CPLR Article 50A or Article 50B projections and analysis, or managing transition stress.


RTI Headquarters and Research Centre
401 Log Canoe Circle

Stevensville, MD 21666


RTI’s World Headquarters and Research Centre offers a premier facility along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, our refreshing facilities near the Chesapeake Bay are ideal for hosting AViCON. Guests can travel by air and touch down their own aircraft at nearby Bay Bridge Airport, just a short drive away.


Want to make AViCON a Vacation destination? See what The                eastern shore has to offer:


180 Pier 1 Rd, Stevensville, MD 21666

(410) 604-5900


We could not host AViCON without the support of our sponsors. We offer many opportunities that are sure to meet your price range and provide you with the best exposure to our attendees. All payments must be received before August 10, 2018. For more information, please contact Heather Wallinovich 410-571-0712, avicon@rtiforensics.com

Sponsorship Registration Agreement Form

   CHARTER $ 950   

• One complimentary entrance to AViCON conference
• Logo identification in the program, on all ads & brochures, as well as on the website
• Logo included on mass emailing to more than 12,000 aviation defense lawyers through DRI
• Logo included on mass emailing to more than 5,000 aviation defense lawyers through AIA
• Logo included on mass emailing to more than 5,000 aviation professionals through RTI
• Conference brochures for your own mailing


   REGIONAL $ 1,750    

• 8 Available Openings
• All benefits of Charter level
• Branding placement outside of RTI Conference Centre at the event
• Placement in AViCON 2018 Booklet with your companies bio
• Logo included on mass emailing to more than 30,000 aviation professionals through Curt Lewis & Associates
• One 6'x2' Table and two chairs for exhibiting


   NATIONAL   $ 2,850    

• 6 Available Openings
• All benefits of Regional level
• Branding placement inside of RTI Conference Centre at the event
• Company brochure or item in each registration bag
• Half page placement in AViCON 2018 Booklet with your companies bio


   INTERNATIONAL $ 3,950     

• 2 Available Openings
• All benefits of National level
• *Two complimentary entrances to AViCON conference
• **A full-page advertisement in AViCON 2018 Booklet
• Lunch Co-Sponsor

* Maximum of two complimentary entrances

**Limit to either full-page or half-page advertisement



1 Available Opening
• All benefits of International level
• Sponsor hosted table to include VIPs of your choice
• Private VIP room with your branding
• Three-minute promo video shown during the conference


   BAG SPONSOR $ 750   

• 1 Available Opening:  4 Structures
• One complimentary entrance to AViCON Conference

• Company brochure or item in each registration bag

 • Logo identification in the program, on all ads and brochures, as well as on the website

• Conference brochures for your own mailings



Breakfast Sponsor                      $ 750           • Two meals with your branding              A&P Aviation Consulting
Networking Breaks                     $ 250
• One of four available breaks

Reception Dinner Specialities    $ 800
   • Maryland crab cakes, signature drink, etc.

Private VIP Room                       $ 1,000
   • One of three VIP rooms with your companies branding


Sponsorship Registration Agreement Form



On behalf of the Commissioners of Queen Anne's County welcome to the beautiful Bay Bridge Airport, Maryland's waterfront jewel. Bay Bridge Airport is ideally located for all of your Maryland travel and recreation needs and is the closest Airport to Baltimore/Annapolis/Washington outside of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, Bay Bridge offers the location, friendly staff, and amenities that are sure to make your visit a pleasant one.
202 Airport Road
Stevensville, MD 21666

Phone: 410-643-4364
Fax: 410-643-4273

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


1.4 miles from RTI

Bay Bridge Airport (W29)
24 Hour Access to:
Pilots' Lounge
Rest Rooms
DTN Weather Flight Planning Center
Runway 11/29=2903' X 60'
Asphalt DSPL:29=190'

Lights: Pilot Controlled 122.725

Traffic Pattern Turns: left or standard
See Noise Abatement Procedures

CTAF/Unicom: 122.725
AWOS: 120.575
NOTAMS: File BWI (Check all available NOTAMS before each flight)

Hours Attended
Monday - Friday
0800 - 1630


Want to make AViCON a Vacation destination?  See what The eastern shore and Annapolis has to offer:

Queen Anne's County Visitors Guide

Annapolis Maryland Visitors Guide