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Offshore Leader Bill Chiles to Keynote Cert. Summit

By Staff Writer | September 9, 2015
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Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas. 
At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe on how and when to revise certification rules for the normal and transport categories. The high-level attendees will also discuss efforts to improve the process for approving supplemental-type certificates, the options for meeting upcoming helicopter equipment mandates and potential areas for enhancing rotorcraft safety.
Chiles today serves as senior advisor and CEO Emeritus of Bristow Group, which he led from 2004 to 2014 as CEO and president and as a board member. He also serves as chairman of HeliOffshore, the international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving flight safety and advancing technical competence in offshore worldwide helicopter support operations. 
Under his leadership, Bristow in 2007 launched Target Zero as a company-wide initiative with the worldwide goal of achieving "zero accidents, zero harm to people, zero harm to the environment." Today, Target Zero is considered the main underpinning of Bristow's culture. 
At HeliOffshore, Chiles is continuing that work. Under CEO Gretchen Haskins, the organization "has defined what success looks like and laid out a roadmap to get to success," Chiles said. "It is bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to work on the common purpose of achieving real, practical, tangible safety benefits." 
In his luncheon speech at the Rotorcraft Certification Summit, Chiles will share lessons of his experiences in taking on safety-related challenges that initially appear insurmountable and working with various organizations and stakeholders to overcome them in an operational environment. Such lessons might apply to the international rotorcraft community's current initiatives to revise and streamline certification rules and procedures in the face of competing industry interests and bureaucratic and budgetary challenges. 
R&WI has extended the early-bird deadline for a $100 discount on registration to the  Rotorcraft Certification Summit to Sept. 11. You can register and find more information about the summit here

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