Director of Light Tactical Helicopter
Doug Shidler is the Director of Light Tactical Helicopters for Sikorsky Aircraft. He is responsible for development and execution of the S-97TM RaiderTM Program. The S-97TM RaiderTM will take the X2 TechnologyTM that was demonstrated and will be apply it in a military application.
Doug joined Sikorsky Aircraft as an engineer in February 1984. He supported the development of the MH-60K Special Operations aircraft program in several capacities. He became the UH-60Q chief engineer, and then moved on to become the Chief Engineer for the BLACK HAWK Product Line. Doug became Director, Air Vehicle Design in April of 2000 and then promoted to the position of BLACK HAWK Program Manager in May 2002. In May 2006 Doug was assigned Vice President Marine Corps Programs. This included the VH Fleet, support of the CH-53D/E aircraft and the CH-53K Development Programs. In February 2008 Doug was assigned Vice President Army Programs which included U. S. Army Programs.
Doug received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1984. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UCONN, serves on the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering Advisory Board and Roger Williams School of Engineering Advisory Board. He received his MBA from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. He is the Connecticut Chapter President for Army Aviation Association of America. In addition, Doug co-founded and mentors a local high school FIRST robotics program for students.
Doug and his wife, Trish, have three children.