Rotor & Wing International Hosts Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at DFW International Airport

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Rotor & Wing International will host the first-ever Rotorcraft Certification Summit on October 27 just outside of Dallas, Texas.

Rotorcraft Certification Summit

Rotorcraft Certification Summit

Rotor & Wing International will host the first-ever Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27, bringing top industry executives together with key regulatory decision-makers to identify how to field new innovations and technologies faster and more efficiently.

Targeted at senior-level decision-makers among rotorcraft operators, avionics and equipment suppliers and maintenance facilities, the Rotorcraft Certification Summit will focus on how other successful efforts to streamline aviation certification processes might serve as models for using risk-based decision-making and the “safety continuum” concept” to better meet the safety and equipment needs of rotorcraft operators throughout the world. Top representatives of aircraft and equipment manufacturers, government agencies, legal firms and financial organizations will attend.

Rotor & Wing International is the resource for global rotorcraft management. The magazine has reported on the vertical flight industry since 1967 and today covers rotorcraft businesses and operations around the world in its magazine pages, on, through daily, weekly and monthly digital publications and events like the Rotorcraft Certification Summit.

The Summit’s timing and urgency are driven by efforts to enhance safety while reducing certification costs and improve processes in the U.S. for issuing supplemental type certificates, as well as an new initiative to make U.S., European and Canadian rotorcraft certification standards more responsive to technological advances. The full-day Summit also will address pending mandates for installation of equipment such as helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS), radar altimeters, helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM) equipment and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast devices. Many helicopter operators face these fast-approaching deadlines with more questions than answers in regards to their compliance options.

The Rotorcraft Certification Summit will be held at the Sheraton DFW Airport hotel just north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The venue is a short drive from the headquarter offices of the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate and the North American headquarters of Bell Helicopter, Airbus Helicopters and Turbomeca, as well as many of the world’s largest rotorcraft operators; maintenance, repair and overhaul centers, and equipment suppliers. The Summit will provide a forum for the top minds within this wide range of commercial helicopter organizations (which have significant financial stakes in improving certification processes) to meet and personally interact with the individuals within regulatory agencies who will ultimately oversee and interpret revisions of certification standards and processes.

“All of the parties involved here have the same ultimate goal,” said Randy Jones, longtime publisher of Rotor & Wing International. “Everyone, including the regulators, wants to clear away the hurdles and roadblocks that add expense within the certification process and inhibit innovation. We are hosting this Summit because it is extremely important that all the players have the chance to have their voice heard early in revising and improving these critical processes.”

“There is widespread agreement that today’s rules and procedures impede the development of new, more capable rotorcraft and retrofits of existing ones to make them safer and more productive,” James T. McKenna, R&WI’s editor-in-chief, said. “The Summit will bring together leaders of the latest initiatives to reform certification processes with those who are confronted each day with the need to improve those processes—helicopter operators and the equipment suppliers and maintenance shops that support them.”

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