Pre Conference Focus Day

Everything you need to know about International Military Helicopter USA's Focus Day!

8:30 am - 9:20 am Registration & Breakfast

9:20 am - 9:30 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr. Bill Lewis - President and CEO, Tennessee Technical Test Team

Dr. Bill Lewis

President and CEO
Tennessee Technical Test Team

9:30 am - 10:30 am Bolstering Helicopter Sustainment and Maintenance Capabilities w/ 128th Aviation Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel Miedema - Deputy Commander of Operations, 128th Aviation Brigade
This session will provide an in depth viewpoint as to the ongoing training efforts to maintain and sustain Army Helicopters for improved readiness and lethality capabilities. With a focus on MRO, this session will detail the latest maintenance training efforts to increase lifecycle and effectiveness of Army rotary assets.

Lieutenant Colonel Miedema

Deputy Commander of Operations
128th Aviation Brigade

10:30 am - 11:15 am Morning Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Training Combat Quality Rotary Aviation Professionals to Fortify Navy Global Reach

Captain Scott Starkey - Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
With a focus on advanced rotary and tilt-rotor training, this session will detail Naval aviation
training priorities for future fleet service. At this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about proposed requirements needed to enable future rotorcraft training.

Captain Scott Starkey

Chief of Staff
Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA)

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

This session will detail the ongoing research efforts focused on scientific barriers in
technologies that support current and future vertical lift capabilities. As director for the FVL
COE, Dr. Marilyn Smith, will be able to provide a unique viewpoint as to ongoing academic
efforts in support of next-generation Future Vertical Lift capabilities.

Marilyn J. Smith, PhD

Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Director, Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Working Collaboratively with the U.S. Government to Develop and Transition Innovative Vertical Lift Technologies

Dr. Gerry Graves - Managing Director, Vertical Lift Consortium
The VLC vision is to be a cohesive national resource which various Government customers can efficiently access innovative technologies to fulfill critical DoD vertical lift needs, which invigorates the U.S. industrial base, drives innovation, and achieves an international competitive edge. This session will provide an overview of VLC's efforts to collaborate with the Govt. and drive industry transformation.


Dr. Gerry Graves

Managing Director
Vertical Lift Consortium

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Focus Day