Procedural and equipment options for meeting current safety equipment mandates for helicopters, and certification hurdles in complying with those deadlines, are the focus of an afternoon panel discussion at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit in Irving, Texas. You can find more information about the summit and can register for the event here
. The "Meeting the Mandates" session (from 1:45 to 3 p.m. that Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas/Fort Worth Airport) will include a presentation by Metro Aviation's managing director, Milton Geltz, who oversees Metro's day-to-day flight operations, field maintenance, completions, finance, sales and marketing. Geltz will draw on more than 30 years of experience to examine best practices in certification and how current rules and procedures compare. AgustaWestland Technical Director Fabio Nannoni, who manages all technical design and airworthiness aspects of the manufacturer's aircraft, will discuss how AW works with a variety of international aviation regulators. Bell Helicopter's executive vice president of engineering, Dr. Catherine Kilmain, will review how Bell develops design options to help customers comply with pending equipment mandates. She is responsible for providing strategic direction for designing, developing and integrating technologies for Bell's current and next-generation products.