R&WI’s Rotorcraft Technology Summit Features Top-Flight Speakers

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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