By S.L. Fuller | September 20, 2017
R&WI’s Rotorcraft Business and Technology Summit kicks off today in Fort Worth, Texas. This first of two days will include insights on certification, flight data monitoring (FDM), health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), and urban air mobility.
The first panel of the day includes the FAA’s Jorge Castillo, manager of regulations and policy section for the rotorcraft standards branch, and Wayne Frye, division manager of the flight standards division, along with Airbus Helicopters Inc.’s Certification Projects Manager William (Bill) Goebel, Certification Projects Manager. The three are set to discuss current and pending rotorcraft certification issues, including the FAA’s Air Transformation initiative, Safety Continuum, ADS-B and other topics.
Are FDM and HUMS worth the investment? That and more will be up for debate during the second session. Stan Rose, president of the Helicopter Safety Alliance, will moderate a panel that includes Ed Stockhausen, director of safety for Metro Aviation; Peter Henrikson, president of Truth Data; Francois Lassale, operations director at HeliOffshore; and Kenneth Speaks, CEO of RMCI.
Attendees will hear next from Jet Support Services Inc.’s director of business development, Kyle Sale. He’ll talk about managing helicopter maintenance risk in this Industry Spotlight.
Closing the first day of the summit is Uber. Mark Moore, director of aviation for Uber Technologies Inc., is set to delve into just how the company plans to bring aerial ridesharing to Dallas, with a pilot project set for 2020. Directly after, attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a networking reception, with Moore, four Uber leads and Bell Helicopter’s Director of Innovation, Scott Drennan.
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