“The Anatomy of Problem Solving to Win”

“The Anatomy of Problem Solving to Win”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on February 16

Will you be broken by your challenges or will you conquer them and your industry in one masterstroke? The answer is entirely in how you generate new ideas, and successfully implementing the right idea.

The aerospace industry is currently facing a new wave of challenges and opportunities. New manufacturing tools, new markets, new competition, new government requirements, and new energy options will shape the aerospace industry with a higher tempo than we’re used to. To stay healthy in this business we need to focus on well-thought-out projects and implementing them effectively.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, February 16, 7:30–9:00am, when Armin T. Ellis, Ph.D., Founder, Exploration Institute will talk about the anatomy of a high quality problem solving strategy and the trends, and the pitfalls that most projects experience, and how to overcome them.

A second part will be interactive and focused on the real challenges and opportunities you’re working on, with an emphasis on how to survive the collision between the need to change for the long term and the immediate need to build predictability for a strong organization.

All participants are encouraged to have a project in mind that they’d like to work through during this presentation. Take a few moments to let Armin know what you’re working on via this link (https://www.exploration.institute/adforum).

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflafeb18.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication

LA Chapter meeting on January 31

Weight is everything when it comes to heavier-than-air machines, and designers have striven continuously to improve lift to weight ratios since man first took to the air. Composite materials have played a major part in weight reduction and will pave the way to the future of flight in flying machines yet to be designed.

Join us on Wednesday, January 31, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT, for a tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication (ACF) to see a view of modern composites methods applied to both commercial and military aircraft. The degree of automation and the scale of the operation will surprise most visitors.

ACF provides structural composite components for the Boeing 787 (The Dreamliner), the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightening), the Atlas V rocket, the Trident Strategic Missile program and many others.

Tickets are limited to 20 people on a first-come first-served basis.

You must be a U.S. citizen or active green card holder to gain entry to the site (proof of a legal right to work in the U.S.).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 24). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflajan18.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club.

“Starting & Growing a Space Hardware Company”

“Starting & Growing a Space Hardware Company””

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on December 1

LA is home to many of the largest aerospace prime contractors, and a number of smaller aerospace companies are also choosing to set up shop in LA. Phase Four is building a plasma engine, a new type of in-space propulsion, for satellites and has decided to call El Segundo home.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, December 1, 7:30–9:00am, when Simon Halpern, the Founder and CEO of Phase Four, will discuss what it’s like to start a space hardware company with only an idea and an Internet connection and build it up into a rapidly growing 18-person company over the last 2 years.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflanov17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Motivo: Engineering Innovation across Diverse Industries”

“Motivo: Engineering Innovation across Diverse Industries”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on October 20

Motivo Engineering is a product engineering company focused on accelerating product development in the mobility, energy, Ag tech and medical market segments. Motivo’s clients range from Airbus to Silicon Valley garage startups, and projects ranging from autonomous person carrying drones to next gen fitness machines.

For example, Motivo worked with a partnership including a leading aircraft interior manufacturer, an in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider, and a design studio to develop a next-generation premium-class airline seating experience. Motivo’s role was to accelerate the development process by rapidly engineering and prototyping a complete seating pod including a lie-flat seat, sliding tray table, and articulated monitor. The first prototype of this seating system was needed within four months to meet the planned unveiling at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany. Motivo overcame numerous challenges during the build and integration process and delivered the system on-time for the AIX show.

How does Motivo develop technology that disrupts automotive manufacturing, air travel and the agriculture/food industry?

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, October 20, 7:30–9:00am, when Praveen Penmetsa, CEO/founder of Motivo, details how a 40-person team can fulfill the distinct requirements of very diverse industries from a user and technology standpoint, and still provide the technical depth and innovation needed to succeed in these audacious projects.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until October 13). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflaoct17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Are Drones the New First Responders?”

“Are Drones the New First Responders?”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on September 15

We all recognize that first responders have a challenging and vital role. They are called to respond to multiple incidents simultaneously, with little to no advance notice, and often to remote locations where time is a critical component of situation evaluation and mitigation.

Flying Lion was formed to address these challenges, offering Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Departments on-demand rapid aerial assessment and imaging services with remotely operated copters with built in HD and infrared cameras. “Eyes on the Scene” applications include emergency response, active shooter, SWAT, fire, crowd observation, natural disasters, search and special events.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, September 15, 7:30–9:00am, when Barry Brennan, Founder and President of Flying Lion will discuss the company’s role with public safety, a brief history of UAS, the current FAA requirements, and the future of UAS.

You will find this to be an interesting look at how technology is being integrated to significantly enhance public safety and the capability of first responders, and maybe see opportunities for technology integration by your company.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 15). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflasept17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Hardware Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles”

“Hardware Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on August 18

Los Angeles is a hotbed for hardware entrepreneurship thanks to the existing manufacturing base and a growing startup ecosystem. To further help with these efforts, new services are popping up like hacker spaces, co-working spaces, and hardware accelerators. Established companies are beginning to recognize the value of this environment and establishing partnerships to stay on the pulse.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, August 18, 7:30–9:00am, when Shaun Arora, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Make in LA will discuss how hardware entrepreneurship happens in Los Angeles and how your company can tap into this innovation process.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 11). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflaaug17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“5 Ways Leaders Solve Problems with Stories”

“5 Ways Leaders Solve Problems with Stories”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on July 21

Great leaders are great story-tellers. Successful stories not only solve problems, they leave their listeners with a greater ability to adapt to the challenges of life. In this interactive presentation, learn the 5 elements of a great story, and how stories can achieve your goals in every professional encounter – from business introductions to full-scale presentations.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, July 21, 7:30–9:00am, when Ann Convery, Principal, Speak Your Business will help us discover:
• How to capture attention in 8-10 seconds
• 3 keys to make your story “all about” your listener, not you
• How to create a “neck-down” story for deep and lasting connection
• The No. 1 way to engage your listeners in 2-5 minutes
• How to use the Empathy Telescope to guarantee emotional investment

Come discover the keys to a great story and then spend up to 30 minutes practicing your story in small groups with peer feedback. Leave with at least one story that will show you how to achieve your goal: from persuading stakeholders to attracting more business.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 14). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflajul17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Build a Better Economic Future for LA Aerospace”

“Build a Better Economic Future for LA Aerospace”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on June 16

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) advances Los Angeles by developing sound policies, creating strategic partnerships, prioritizing investments and delivering key services that will accelerate pathways to economic opportunity.

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, June 16, 7:30–9:00am, when Deputy Mayor Chan, who heads MOED, will describe how MOED is working to extend & expand the current economic cycle to create the longest & biggest economic boom. He will also highlight the free city programs and tools available to local businesses to help them grow.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until June 9). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflajun17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Supply Chain Trends in the Scheduled Airline Sector”

“Supply Chain Trends in the Scheduled Airline Sector”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on May 19

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, May 19, 7:30–9:00am, when Dave Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, Air Transport Business Development, Inc. will discuss supply chain trends that he sees in the scheduled airline sector, which is high value/high utilization industry, trickling down to the rest of the aviation and general aviation sectors. He also will focus on capturing the services business of a product lifecycle, packaging products and services into a holistic package (branding, service package as having added value to the customer, e.g. extended life, increased asset value, increased reliability).

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflamay17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club

“Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality for Aerospace”

“Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality for Aerospace”
A Presentation & Tour at Inhance Digital

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on April 21

Join us in Los Angeles on Friday, April 21, 7:30–9:00am when Penn Arthur, renowned multimedia developer and founder of Inhance Digital, will reveal trends in interactive technology, like virtual and mixed reality, used by leading aerospace and defense companies to drive audience engagement and communicate often complex messages. You’ll learn the latest uses of cutting-edge technology, what’s around the bend and get hands-on demonstration of the most immersive tools available.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until April 14). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adflaapr17.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, InVista Associates, and the 62 Mile Club