“A Pilot’s Comparison, U-2 & SR-71”

“A Pilot’s Comparison, U-2 & SR-71”U-2

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter March 10 meeting

Please join us in Arlington on Thur, March 10, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Stormy Boudreaux, Test Director – Manned Tactical Simulator, Lockheed Martin ADP, will give a pilot’s comparison of two Lockheed Skunk Works legendary aircraft. Stormy is one of only twelve pilots who have flown operational sorties in both U-2 and SR-71 aircraft.

TSR-71his talk will primarily compare the two very different designs for high altitude flight that came out of the Skunk Works in the Fifties and Sixties. The long-winged jet-powered glider, the U-2 Dragon Lady, flying tens of thousands of feet above the world records for altitude that existed at the time; and the triple sonic, and still the fastest manned air-breathing aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was secretly flying at three times the speed of sound while other “experts” were insisting that the feat was impossible.

You will be privy to the earlier missions and flight characteristics of these high altitude reconnaissance aircraft, as well as the manufacturing and assembly secrets that made these aircraft so advanced for their time.

Meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 3). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwmar16.eventbrite.com.

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Tour of Raytheon McKinney CMC

Tour of Raytheon McKinney CMCadvproduct-fig2

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter February 11 meeting

Please join us in McKinney, TX on Thur, February 11, (checkin & networking at 9:15am, tour 9:30–11:00am), for a tour of the Raytheon McKinney CMC plant, including the Assembly and Test areas of the CMC Value Streams:
• Airborne Electro Optical Assembly
• Test Shared Services including Electro-optical test bays and Environmental Stress Screening
• Low Volume/High Mix Value stream
• High Volume Value Stream
• Mission Support
• McKinney CMC Advanced Manufacturing Center (tent)
• Circuit Card Assembly production area (tent)

The tour is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until Jan 31). Registration closes at COB on Feb 4. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwfeb16.eventbrite.com.

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“Solving Aerospace Challenges in Today’s Global Environment: Bell Helicopter’s R&D Strategy”

“Solving Aerospace Challenges in Today’s Global Environment: Bell Helicopter’s R&D Strategy”Bell-CV-22

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter January 14 meeting

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Thursday, January 14, 2016, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Vince D’Arienzo, Director, Engineering Operations, Bell Helicopter Textron, will discuss Bell Helicopter’s approach with respect to North American Aerospace reduction in R&D funding and lack of skill sets entering today’s aerospace industry. He will describe a program format to help focus our industry’s R&D effort towards a common pre-competitive approach in the aerospace industry. Some successes will be highlighted based on Colleges, Government, Industry, and Universities cost sharing and partnering

The meeting is free for A&D Forum and Arizona Technology Council members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 7). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwjan16.eventbrite.com.

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“How The Evolution of Aviation a Century Ago Provides a Roadmap for Where Space is Headed”

“How The Evolution of Aviation a Century Ago Provides a Roadmap for Where Space is Headed”early aviation

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter December 10 meeting

Just as the early pioneers of aviation commercialization experienced, the many players in today’s space market are finding a fluid and dynamic market for products, services, investment and strategic direction.

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Thursday, December 10, 2015, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when John H. (Jay) Gibson, II, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman, Board of Directors of XCOR Aerospace, Inc. will xcor lynxdiscuss how the ultimate success of any organization positioned somewhere in the vertical chain will be navigating and positioning itself among the funding, strategic and market demand for products and services both short and long term. Flexibility, awareness and adaptability and speed to market will be valuable traits in this rapidly emerging market.

For the rest of 2015 the meetings of the DFW Chapter are free. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwdec15.eventbrite.com.

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“Launching the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program”

“Launching the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program”f-35a-lightning-ii_001

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter November 12 meeting

With a career spanning over 45 years in the aerospace industry there is not much Ed Linhart hasn’t achieved. Along with multiple stints as President/CEO at aerospace and defense companies, Ed has been a Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Engineering as well as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and earned the Engineer of the Year award from the California Engineers Council as well as the Alumnus of the year from the California State University, Long Beach, School of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1991.

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Thursday, November 12, 2015, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Ed will speak on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, whose production launch was guided by Ed and his team in his role as Vice President of Global Production at Lockheed Martin from 2003 to 2007. Ed will share with the chapter his unique and experienced perspective on this aircraft’s development, including production and supply chain challenges and concerns.

For the rest of 2015 the meetings of the DFW Chapter are free. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwnov15.eventbrite.com.

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Tour of Lockheed Martin F-35 Line in Ft. Worth

Tour of Lockheed Martin F-35 Line in Ft. WorthF-35-Lightning-II

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter October 8 meeting

Officially designated as Air Force Plant 4, Fort Worth is the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and home of the F-35 Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon and program support for the F-22 Raptor. Manufacturing activities include F-35 Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon final assembly. Portions of the Japan F-2 fighter are also produced here.

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Wednesday, October 8, 2015, for a tour of this exciting facility (registration and networking at 9:00am, meeting and tour 9:30–11:30am).

This event is limited to US Citizens. Tickets are limited to 40 people on a first-come first-served basis. All information must be submitted to Lockheed by October 5, and thus registration closes at 9:00am CST on Monday October 5. While the event is free, until Sept 21 A&D Forum members have exclusive access to register. For more information and to register to attend the tour, go to http://adfdfwoct15.eventbrite.com.

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“2016 Defense Budget Update”

“2016 Defense Budget Update”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter September 10 meeting

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Thursday, September 10, 2015, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Jeremiah (J.J.) Gertler, Specialist in Military Aviation, Congressional Research Service, Washington, D.C., will discuss the 2016 defense budget, reviewing Congressional action on the Administration’s proposed budget and how major programs have fared to date. He will provide acquisition forecasts for aviation assets from al the military services — rotary wing, fixed wing, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — with observations about programs to watch in the future (including some that might surprise you!).

For the rest of 2015 the meetings of the DFW Chapter are free. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwsep15.eventbrite.com.

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“NewSpace and the Frontier Movement: Will Texas Play a Leading Role?”

“NewSpace and the Frontier Movement: Will Texas Play a Leading Role?”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter August 13 meetingMars Colony

The Founders of Paypal, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Virgin and other top level companies are all investing in major space projects, ranging from rocketships to asteroid mining. Why? What draws these savvy and successful leaders to the idea of literally building a stairway to heaven? Where did the idea come from, who started the revolution and where is it going next?

Please join us in Ft. Worth on Thursday, August 13, 2015, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Rick Tumlinson, Chair, Deep Space Industries will address not only these questions, but also will discuss what Texas should do to make sure that the first civilian flights back to the Moon and Mars begin in the Lone Star State.

For the rest of 2015 the meetings of the DFW Chapter are free. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwaug15.eventbrite.com.

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