Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Leading Edge Atmospherics
Ben Bernstein has been working in aircraft icing since 1990, when he first joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research's in-flight icing program. While there, he performed extensive research on the mechanisms that cause icing to develop and dissipate the climatology of icing and the development of real-time icing analysis and forecast techniques. He served as the lead developer of the FAA/NWS real-time icing products known as "CIP and "FIP", which provide detailed guidance information to pilots, dispatchers and meteorologists, supplementing the official icing AIRMETs and SIGMETs.
Mr. Bernstein worked jointly with researchers at the NASA-Glenn Research Center and Environment Canada to seek out and sample a wide variety of icing conditions, including Supercooled Large Drops (SLD). Through this work, a great deal has been learned about the effects of flight in SLD, as well as how to detect and avoid them.
Through his own company, Leading Edge Atmospherics, Ben has worked closely with numerous aircraft manufacturers to help guide them safely into and out of the specific meteorological conditions that they need to achieve certification for flight in known icing. This work has contributed to the certification of helicopters, prop aircraft, business jets and regional jets. Most recently, Mr. Bernstein's icing work has expanded into the near-surface environment, where he is working on the assessment of icing conditions for wind turbines.
Chief Scientist - Aircraft Icing
Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Environmental Icing
Federal Aviation Administration
Mr. Bond has 25 years experience as an aerospace engineer specializing in aircraft icing research. The majority of this time was with NASA in Icing Branch. At NASA, he was responsible for defining the aircraft icing research strategy as well as planning, coordinating and managing NASA's aircraft icing activities. The scope of this work included research areas in iced aerodynamics, iced flight dynamics, super-cooled large droplet engineering tools development, remote ice sensing/detection technologies and icing avoidance strategies, robust CFD simulations of ice accretion prediction, and icing education and training materials development for pilots and operators. Mr. Bond joined the FAA in June of 2007.
In his current position with the FAA, Mr. Bond advises on aircraft icing issues for Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards services, and he is the lead for the AVS aircraft icing research team and Icing Steering Committee. He also serves as an advisory member on several aviation industry committees tasked with developing and recommending changes to civil aviation standards, rules and advisory material.
Head of Experimental Research
Dr. Jean-Louis Brenguier is the head of Experimental Research at the research centre of Météo-France. He got his PhD in 1978, at the University of Clermont-Ferrand. His scientific background is in cloud microphysics, aerosol and radiation studies, more specifically using airborne facilities and LES modelling.
Along his career, Dr. Brenguier has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed journals and directed 30 PhDs.
Dr. Brenguier was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitations (1996-2000), and co-chairman of the WMO-WWRP AIFI (Aircraft icing) (1999-2005). He is the coordinator of the European network of research aircraft EUFAR since 2000 and co-chair of the ISPRS international committee on airborne research coordination.
Environmental Control Systems Section Manager
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Mr. Duvivier is a graduate from Paris Aerospace Engineering School in 1998. He started in 1989 at the French Ministry of Defence working as Environmental Control System (ECS) specialist on military programs. In 1991, he joined the airworthiness department of the French Direction de l'Aviation Civile in Paris, as ECS and Icing specialist, working certification and rule making issues.
Since 1992, he has been highly involved for the Joint Aviation Authorities in certification programs and harmonisation of the JAR 25 with the FAR 25 icing and ECS related requirements. In that respect, was a member of the Ice Protection Harmonisation Working Group (IPHWG) and Mechanical Systems HWG.
In September 2004, Mr. Duvivier joined the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) based in Cologne / Germany as ECS and Icing expert in the Certification Directorate. I have been nominated in the Panel of Experts of EASA to ensure that there is a consistent interpretation and application of requirements by EASA Teams following EASA Procedures.
In 2008 he was appointed Head of the ECS section within the EASA Certification Directorate.
The ECS section at EASA deal mainly with Aircraft Certification and provides the technical expertise to other Department (Rule Making in particular) related to Environmental Control, Oxygen and Ice Protection Systems.
Standards Staff Engineer
Rulemaking and Policy, Engine & Propeller Directorate
Federal Aviation Administration
John Fisher has 33 years experience in the field of aircraft turbine engines. He began at a major engine manufacturer where he was a Performance and Systems Analysis Engineer. The scope of his work at this manufacturer included aerodynamic, thermodynamic, and cycle modeling, along with performance analysis of turbine engines.
Mr. Fisher has been with the FAA since 1990. He has worked in engine certification as well as policy and rulemaking. In his current position with the FAA, Mr. Fisher is a senior technical specialist in the areas of turbine engine exhaust emissions, engine test and operability, volcanic ash ingestion, extreme rain and hail ingestion, engine fuel icing, and turbine engine induction system icing. He has written FAA policy directives in these areas. In 2010, Mr. Fisher was appointed as the FAA Aircraft Certification Service's primary focal point for volcanic ash issues and currently sits on the ICAO International Volcanic Ash Task Force.
As the FAA's primary resource on turbine engine icing certification issues for the past 13 years, he has been involved with most of the FAA approvals of turbine engine icing compliance tests during that time. Additionally, he is a member of the FAA's Aviation Safety Service's Icing Steering Committee. In recent years, Mr. Fisher has been a member on the FAA's harmonization working group for developing new rulemaking for turbine engine ice crystal ice ingestion and super-cooled large droplet ice ingestion.
He has participated on several SAE committees over the years including as a key contributor to the SAE committees for developing guidance on turbine engine test cell correlation and more recently in both ground and in-flight engine icing. Mr. Fisher has been a speaker at several SAE and ASME conferences.
Chief Icing Technologies
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Robert Flemming is internationally known and respected as an expert in icing technology and represents Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's interests in the icing regulatory and certification communities. Continuing a 43-year long career at Sikorsky Aircraft, Robert is a Sikorsky Aircraft Technical Fellow and serves as the Chief of Icing Technology.
Mr. Flemming has chaired the American Helicopter Society and Society of Automotive Engineers icing committees and he has been influential in establishing rules and standards for ice protection systems. He is active in icing research and has worked on several helicopter ice protection system designs and has conducted many icing wind tunnel and flight tests. He has led the successful certification of the rotor ice protection system on the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter, receiving the 2006 AHS Howard Hughes Award in recognition for this achievement in fundamental helicopter technology. Patents for the S-92A helicopter rotor ice protection system, an ice detector, and two others related to icing are pending. He is the designer and patent holder of the SSC-A09 airfoil used on the S-92A, MH148, UH-60M, and S-76D helicopters, as well as a patent holder for a Sikorsky Cypher UAV design. Mr. Flemming has a strong background in aerodynamics and experimental aeromechanics and received Sikorsky's Donald L. Ferris Lifetime Achievement Award. He worked extensively on the UH-60A BLACK HAWK design team to assure that the high levels of performance for which the product is known were achieved. As the coordinator for Sikorsky's Helicopter Principles class, Bob is a leader in passing on vertical flight knowledge to the next generation of Sikorsky Aircraft technical leaders.
Director of Ramp Operations
Jack Lampe has been employed by United Airlines in Chicago for over 51years. He currently is on Special Assignment from his position of Director of Ramp Services. He began managing the United Deicing Operation in April of 1978. Following the Air Florida Accident in Washington, D.C., in January 1982, he was assigned to several FAA task teams to evaluate and improve ground deicing processes. In 1987 he became responsible for the O'Hare Terminal One deicing support infrastructure during construction. In 1988-89 he introduced thickened fluids on the UAL system and continues to be responsible for those processes. This includes establishing the infrastructure facility and ground equipment needs to support deployment.
Mr. Lampe has been engaged with the Association of European Airlines and other Organizations through his affiliation with SAE since 1988. He also has been the Chair Person of the SAE G-12 Methods Committee since its inception and a participant on numerous other Committees for that group.
Additionally Jack served his community for 27 years as a Volunteer on the Fire Department, retiring 5 years ago with the rank of Deputy Chief. While his main hobby is WORK, he also enjoys collecting and restoring antique farm equipment, hunting and fishing. In the near future he's hoping to devote much more time to these relaxing endeavors.
Richard Lewis is a certification manager for Airbus in Toulouse and is part of the Airbus expert community.
Richard has spent his whole career in the aerospace industry starting as an air systems equipment design engineer before becoming a principal systems engineer and project manager. It was in these roles that he first encountered aircraft ice protection systems and in 2006 he took the opportunity to join the ice protection team at Airbus UK.
In this role he worked on the design, certification and support of the ice protection systems of the A400M, A380 and single aisle aircraft before moving with his family to Toulouse in 2009 to join the Airbus Airworthiness department. He now focuses primarily on the certification of aircraft for flight in icing conditions, is the Airbus Airworthiness focal point for rulemaking related to icing and provides certification expertise to research and development programs. As an icing certification specialist Richard is involved with all aspects of aircraft icing on all Airbus programs.
Richard graduated from Brunel University with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Associate Technical Fellow
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Bernard Paul is an Associate Technical Fellow in aerodynamics engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle. He currently supports the aerodynamic development of commercial aircraft (including 787-8,747-8, 777), focusing on high lift aerodynamics development and design, icing aerodynamics, and CFD. At Boeing, after starting at AEDC, he has been involved over the past 25 years with the development of Navier-Stokes based analysis and design tools, tip device design (patent on blunt leading edge raked tips, used on 767-400, 777-20LR, 777-300ER, 787, 747, etc.), icing effects on aerodynamics, ice shape generation methodologies, high lift wind tunnel testing, and high lift design.
Bernard received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.
Director, Aviation Safety Program
As director of the Aviation Safety Program Office at NASA Headquarters, Mr. Rohn is responsible for the overall planning, management and evaluation of the directorate's research efforts to improve the overall safety of aircraft that fly today in U.S. airspace and those that will fly in the U.S. system for tomorrowthe Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. In addition, he supports the associate administrator in a broad range of mission directorate activities, including strategic and program planning, budget development, program review and evaluation, and external coordination.
Rohn has been a part of the Aviation Safety Program for more than 10 years. Previously he was deputy program director, providing strategic management of technical product across multiple projects within the program. Prior to coming to Headquarters, Rohn was project manager at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland for the Aircraft Aging and Durability project and an engineering program manager for the Aero Project Implementation Office. He has specialized in research on traction drives and helicopter transmissions (design, performance, life and lubrication) and spacecraft mechanisms and robotics (precision, life and lubrication). In addition, Rohn has been a project manager on physics-based design and manufacturing, accident mitigation, and aviation security research projects. He has authored or coauthored 25 NASA technical papers, journal articles and conference publications on traction drives, space mechanisms, and aviation safety and security.
His awards include the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service in 2003, the Structures Division Best Paper Award in 1985, and the NASA Tech Brief Award in 1979. He has also been awarded several NASA Group Achievement Awards and NASA Special Act or Service Awards. Rohn earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.
Ground Icing Research Lead
Federal Aviation Administration
Warren Underwood is the Ground Icing Research Lead for the FAA Flight Technology group located at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. Prior to coming to the FAA in 2004 he was a senior materials and process engineer at Delta Air Lines where he was responsible for approving aircraft maintenance related chemicals and processes, including aircraft ground deicing technical procedures and deicing/ anti-icing fluids, aircraft fueling processes and fuel technical issues. He was also responsible for classifying HAZMAT items for internal shipment.
He served as chairman of SAE Committee G-12 Aircraft Ground Deicing, from 1993 to 2003, and chairman of SAE Committee J, Aircraft Maintenance Chemicals and Materials from 1996 to 2003. He is currently Co-Chair of the SAE G-12 Holdover Time Testing Committee. He has chaired numerous aircraft ground deicing conferences on behalf of SAE.
He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University, and his MS degree from Georgia State University.
Earl F. Weener
National Transportation Safety Board
Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., took the oath of office as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30, 2010.
Dr. Weener is a licensed pilot who has dedicated his entire career to the field of aviation safety. He most recently has been a consultant and fellow for the Flight Safety Foundation, where he worked to reduce accidents through coordinated industry programs.
From 1975 to 1999, Dr. Weener held a series of positions with The Boeing Company, including three Chief Engineer positions, in Airworthiness, Reliability and Maintainability, and Safety; in System Engineering; and in Safety Technology Development. He also served four years as Boeing's Manager of Government Affairs.
He has served as a general aviation flight instructor and Part 135 pilot.
Dr. Weener earned all three of his academic degrees in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan - his bachelor's, master's and doctorate.
Among his awards are a 1994 Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine and, in 2005, the Honeywell Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety.
Dr. Weener's term as a Member of the NTSB expires December 31, 2015.