By Amy Kluber | July 28, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September.
Among the top-flight speakers on the agenda are Airbus Helicopters, Inc. President Chris Emerson; Bell Helicopter 525 Program Chief Engineer Martin Peryea; Bristow Group Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore; Swiss Air Ambulance Corporate Development Chief Stefan Becker; and the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate Manager Lance Gant.
On Sep. 19 and 20 at the Hilton in Fort Worth, Texas, these and other industry leaders at the cutting edge will discuss:
• Health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) in light helicopters,
• Drones as a business opportunity,
• Advanced flight controls and propulsion systems,
• Data mining in rotorcraft operations,
• Next-generation navigation for helicopters,
• Initiatives to develop and certify single-engine instrument flight rules (IFR) helicopters, and
• Clearing the regulatory path for putting new technologies in helicopters.
"The day-and-a-half Rotorcraft Technology Summit will give attendees and sponsors the opportunity to hear firsthand from manufacturers and operators who are pushing the boundaries of technology use and to network with them and other subject matter experts,” said R&WI Editor-in-Chief James T. McKenna. “Our discussions there will focus on technological advances and applications that can help improve the safety and efficiency of helicopter operations in the next five years.”
Speakers on the Rotorcraft Technology Summit agenda also include:
• Mark Moore, Chief Technologist for On-Demand Mobility, NASA
• Russ Spray, President & CEO, Turbomeca USA
• Chris Baur, Hughes Aerospace Corporation
• Alex Youngs, Vice President, Strategy & Analysis, Vector Aerospace
• Brad Hayden, President & CEO, Robotic Skies
• Dennis Pierce, Owner, Colorado Heli-Ops
• Tom Judge, Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine
• Kipp Lau, Flight Data Management Systems Manager, SkyTrac Systems
• Jorge Castillo, Manager, Regulations and Policy, FAA Rotorcraft Directorate
• Mike Bettwy, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA
• Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, AHS International
• Jonathan Archer, Director of Engineering & Air Worthiness, GAMA
• Rex Alexander, HeliExperts International and R&WI contributor
• Mark Colborn, Dallas P.D. Helicopter Unit and R&WI contributor
Photo courtesy of Leonardo-Finmeccanica
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