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Panel to Focus on Most Daunting Certification Challenges

By Staff Writer | September 23, 2015
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Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit. 

"The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.
Among the confirmed speakers for this session, scheduled for 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 are: 
• Pat Moe, director of Flight Engineering for Cool City Avionics and a veteran of more than three decades of flight tests and aircraft certification. 
• Jim Swartz has been president and CEO of CareFlite, the U.S.'s oldest joint-use air medical program, since 2005; in addition to running that fixed-wing/helicopter/ground ambulance, he holds an Airline Transport Pilot's certificate and is rated in both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft (with more than 5,000 hours flight time). 
• Steve Wysong, president of Wysong Enterprises, one of the few independent customizing facilities still owned by field-test aviation professionals. For four decades, Wysong has worked in various niches of the aviation industry, including helicopters, airliners, corporate jets and small airplanes. 
Also invited to speak is Dave Cripps, deputy director of the Aviation Engineering Directorate at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. A U.S. Military Academy graduate, Cripps served 26 years on active duty in Army Aviation and acquisition assignments that culminated as commander of the Army's Aviation Technical Test Center and that service's senior experimental test pilot. As deputy director, he oversees airworthiness for all Army aircraft.
To learn more about the Rotorcraft Certification Summit and to register for the event, visit

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