Wednesday | September 20

1:05 PM – 2:00 PM

Rotorcraft Certification Initiatives

This session will examine a range of current and pending rotorcraft certification issues, including:

• The status of the FAA's Air Transformation initiative to reorganize its certification and surveillance activities all along functional lines, rather than by aircraft type.

• The status of the FAA’s Safety Continuum as it applies to certification of rotorcraft and their systems.

• The certification challenges of meeting the FAA's target of implementing an ATC system based on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast by the end of this decade and the remaining hurdles to equipage of the U.S. rotorcraft fleet with compliant ADS-B units.

• A discussion of the regulatory framework and certification status of new and disruptive vertical-flight aircraft types, such as the Leonardo AW609, electric-propulsion rotorcraft and fully autonomous passenger compartment transports.
Moderated By:
  • James T. McKenna, Editor-in-Chief, Rotor & Wing International
Speakers Include:
  • Jorge Castillo, Manager, Regulations and Policy Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA
  • William (Bill) Goebel, Certification Projects Manager, Airbus Helicopters Inc.
  • Wayne Fry, Division Manager, Flight Standards Division, FAA
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Making Flight Data monitoring and HUMS Work for Your Operation

Many in the rotorcraft industry recognize the operational and safety benefits of flight data monitoring and health and usage monitoring systems. But some operators, particularly small ones, resist investing in them. They argue that potential benefits don’t justify the costs in terms of acquisition, labor and time. This session will examine a number of issues, including:

• The April 2018 FAA mandate for FDM installations in helicopter air ambulances.
• Recent successes and failures in the application of FDM and HUMS
• Short-term potential for FDM- and HUMS-based improvements in engines, aircraft and systems and operational costs.
Moderated By:
  • Stan Rose, President, Helicopter Safety Alliance
Speakers Include:
  • Ed Stockhausen, Director of Safety, Metro Aviation
  • Peter Henrikson, President, Truth Data
  • Francois Lassale, Operations Director, HeliOffshore
  • Kenneth Speaks, CEO, RMCI
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Industry Spotlight: Managing Helicopter Maintenance Risk

Speakers Include:
  • Kyle Sale, Director, Business Development, Jet Support Services, Inc.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Uber Elevate - Fast Forwarding to Dallas Aerial Ridesharing

Uber has initiated a bold transportation vision to provide an alternative to ground transportation gridlock for large cities. Elevate plans to develop a new market ecosystem that will bring about a new generation of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft, optimized for short distance trips of 20 to 60 miles across metropolitan Vertiports. Dallas has been selected as the first U.S. city, with pilot operations planned for 2020 to prove the transformative community noise capabilities, with initial operations starting in 2023. Substantial opportunities exist to participate in the Elevate ecosystem, across manufacturers, real estate development, operations, maintenance, leasing, insurance, and many other areas of contribution.
Speakers Include:
  • Mark Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Technologies Inc
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception - Sponsored by Uber

This reception will offer the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Uber’s Mark Moore and Elevate partners Hillwood Properties, Bell Helicopter and HeliExperts and your fellow Summit attendees.
Moderated By:
  • Mark Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Technologies Inc
Speakers Include:
  • Stan Swaintek, Uber Elevate Head of Operations, Uber Technologies Inc
  • Wyatt Smith, Uber Elevate Business Development, Uber Technologies Inc
  • Scott Drennan, Director-Innovation, Bell Helicopter
  • Rex Alexander, Head of Aviation Infrastructure, Uber Technologies Inc
  • Tom Prevot, Director of Airspace Systems, Uber Technologies Inc

Thursday | September 21

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Day's Kickoff

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

State of the Business: Are We Seeing Fundamental Changes in the Industry?

The prolonged downturn in new helicopter sales, caused by factors that include the oil and gas crisis and consolidation of U.S. air medical services, raises questions about whether the long-resilient helicopter business is undergoing fundamental changes. The panel of industry leaders will debate the question and share their perspectives on various sectors, including air medical, airborne law enforcement and offshore support.
Moderated By:
  • Alex Youngs, VP of Strategy & Analysis, Vector Aerospace
Speakers Include:
  • B.J. Raysor, Senior Vice President of Operations, SevenBar Aviation
  • Allan Rowe, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Commercial, Waypoint Leasing
  • Don Roby, Training Program Manager, Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)
  • Imran Hayat, Chief Compliance Officer & Chief Litigation Counsel, CHC Helicopter
  • Les Clark, Manager, Data Analysis, Vector Aerospace
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Low-Level Infrastructure and Vertical Flight

As the AW609 civil tiltrotor prepares to enter service and Uber strives to fill the skies with vertical-lift air taxis, industry leaders are tackling how to improve the aviation infrastructure to enable today’s helicopters to fly more efficiently and safely. Speakers on this panel will discuss what improvements in routes, weather reporting and heliports are in the works, including the latest on the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team infrastructure working group’s initiatives.
Moderated By:
  • Rex Alexander, Senior Consultant, HeliExperts International and R&WI contributor
Speakers Include:
  • Rune Duke, Director of Government Affairs, Airspace & Air Traffic, Aircraft Owners And Pilots Assn (AOPA)
  • Cliff Johnson, Research Engineer & Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Lead, FAA Technical Center
  • Jonathon Godfrey, CMO, LZ Control
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Future of Rotorcraft: Autonomy

Helicopter manufacturers as well as the Pentagon and other nation's military services are pursuing the development of highly autonomous vertical-flight aircraft. The session will examine past experiences with autonomy in flight, current R&D efforts in the technology and certification obstacles to fielding civil autonomous rotorcraft.
Moderated By:
  • Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, American Helicopter Society International
Speakers Include:
  • Mark Cherry, President, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Layne Merrit, Chief Engineer,, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center
  • James Blyn, Propulsion Engineer & Rotorcraft UAS Focal, Regulations and Policy Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
  • Scott Drennan, Director-Innovation, Bell Helicopter
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Keynote: Building Urban Mobility

Voom an on-demand helicopter service, is a project of Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost and innovation incubator, A^3, which is on a mission to build the future of flight today. The on-demand helicopter service achieved success over the last three months in São Paulo, Brazil, demonstrating that there is a strong need for this type of service in the world's most congested cities. Voom is looking to expand its operations in Latin America and North America over the coming months. This keynote address will discuss Airbus’ vision for air mobility, its approach to developing that market and the hurdles it sees ahead.
Speakers Include:
  • Uma Subramanian, CEO, Voom, an Airbus Subsidiary
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Civil Tiltrotor: AW609's Progress Toward Certification

Speakers Include:
  • William M. (Bill) Sunick Jr., Senior Manager for AW609 Marketing, Leonardo Helicopters
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tapping "Big Data" for Efficiency and Safety

Airframe and engine OEMs are exploring how to move beyond individual data-analysis efforts like flight data monitoring and health and usage monitoring to the next level: comprehensive, integrated aircraft and operations management. The panel of experts will discuss the streams of data coming from a helicopter and its systems, the best means of collecting and analyzing that data and current initiatives to make more effective use of it for safety, operational and business objectives.
Moderated By:
  • James T. McKenna, Editor-in-Chief, Rotor & Wing International
Speakers Include:
  • Brian Tucker, Associate Technical Fellow, Integrated Vehicle Health Management, Bell Helicopter
  • Josh Melin, Senior Product Line Manager, HUMS, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Dennis Dunaway, Vice President, PeopleTec Inc
  • Bjorn Stickling, Manager, Diagnostics, Prognostics & Engine Health Management, Pratt & Whitney Canada
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Technology Hurdles to Drone Market Development

As more helicopter operators embrace small, unmanned aircraft in their business plans and operations, the session will look at the limitations of those aircraft and efforts to clear technological hurdles (such as the need to sense and avoid other aircraft) that impede greater integration of small drones in civil airspace.
Moderated By:
  • S. L. Fuller, Assistant Editor, Rotor & Wing International
Speakers Include:
  • Todd Graetz, Director, Technology Services / Unmanned Aerial Systems, BNSF Railway
  • Brad Hayden, President & CEO, Robotic Skies
  • Jonathan Evans, Co-President, Skyward
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

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