Tour of March Air Reserve Base

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South Bay Chapter Meeting in Riverside County on June 8

Have you ever seen a C-17 up close and personal? What about a KC-135 or a F-16 Fighting Falcon? Join us for a tour of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County. This is a 4 hour tour which will take us to points of interest on the base, including a C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker, and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The tour is on Wednesday, June 8, 9am-1pm, including lunch. See the meeting notice for details.

The meeting is free for everyone. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbjun16.eventbrite.com. Registration ends at 8am on Wednesday, June 1.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Tour of Alloy Processing

Tour of Alloy ProcessingAlloy Processing

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on May 10

Started in 2013 and completed in 2015, Alloy Processing’s acquisition and build-out of the 100,000 square foot W Artesia Blvd facility contains state-of-the-art equipment capable of processing parts of nearly any size and configuration.

Join us in Compton, CA on Tuesday, May 10, 7:30am – 10:00am when Alloy Processing will demonstrate their large part processing capabilities through the 50′ x 4′ x 12′ processing line, NDT department, two large paint booths, two large curing ovens, and their newly operational shot peen department.

The meeting is free for all members and $30 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbmay16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: State of the Industry”

“Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: State of the Industry”The Future of 3D Printing

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on March 9

Since its inception in 1986, additive manufacturing has been changing the way in which people think about manufacturing. Traditional manufacturing is of course alive and well; in fact, it is a very necessary element despite all of the hype surrounding the additive technologies. That being said, the additive space will define manufacturing in the future.

3D Printing, as it is now commonly called, is a very fluid sector. Between the newer technologies and the fact that many of the older patents are now expiring, we expect to see even greater diversity in the marketplace.

Please join us in Torrance on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when three experts on 3D printing from SoCal Office Technologies will present an overview of the Additive marketplace. They will cover current processes, materials and aerospace applications as well as look at future potentials. They will also highlight the unique opportunities additive manufacturing brings to the table in terms of manufacturing and design.

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 2). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbmar16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Radically Reducing the Cost of Assemblies”

“Radically Reducing the Cost of Assemblies”mind_the_gap-logo

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on February 10

For over twenty years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has endeavored to change the fundamental way of thinking about product design and production in our industry. When combined with other techniques such as Design to Cost and Advanced Manufacturing, a new integrated design capability emerges that promises to produce simplified, more rapidly developed, affordable assembled products. This new approach applies the concepts (and benefits) of lean manufacturing (typically limited to part fabrication) to the level of assembly.

Please join us in Torrance on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Art Weiss, former Executive Director, Defense Advanced Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne, will present this new way of thinking about systems and design that can have a dramatic impact on the costs, delivery time, and reliability of assemblies.

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until February 3). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbfeb16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Lessons Learned in A&D Sales & Marketing”

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South Bay (CA) Chapter January 13 meeting

The A&D market over the last thirty to forty years has been very dynamic with many changes in structure, companies and business models. Sales today is much more complex and involves a number of factors beyond price, quality, and on-time delivery. However, despite the very dynamic nature of the market, there are some simple lessons and basics that are always there.

Please join us in Torrance, CA, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when a panel of three sales and marketing VPs (David Conrad, Zodiac Water & Waste Aero Systems; Jason Childs, Esterline Technologies Corporation; Jon Chakerian, Aerospace Engineering Corp.; Ivan Rosenberg (Moderator), Frontier Associates, Inc.) will share with you some of the basic lessons and ideas they have learned along the way in decades-long year careers working for both large and not so large A&D companies. The panel will also share some observations about how the market is changing and the need for sales and marketing to adapt and change.

We anticipate a lively, valuable and interactive exchange between panelists and between the panel and attendees. If you are in sales & marketing, this is an event not to be missed!

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 6). Advanced registration is required. Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbjan16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test FacilityGA UAV

South Bay (CA) Chapter October 14 meeting in Palmdale

General Atomics Flight Test Facility (also known as the Gray Butte UAV Site) may be the largest private unmanned aerial vehicle airport in the USA. It is General Atomics’ main test center, where the company’s Predator and Reaper UAVs are regularly flown. The company has operated for years out of the nearby El Mirage Lake airport, which it developed with the CIA, and still uses as well.

Please join us in Palmdale, CA, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm PDT (networking at 9:30am) for a presentation and tour of the Facility

Attendance is limited to US Citizens who are the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 29). Advanced registration is required, and registration closes at 7:00am on October 7. For more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsboct15.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the heads of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates.

“Creating Competitive Advantage through Your Supply Chain”

“Creating Competitive Advantage through Your Supply Chain”The_Value_Chain-Creating_Competitive_Advantage

South Bay (CA) Chapter September 10 meeting

In recent years, the aerospace markets for both commercial and military products have become more and more competitive. With industry consolidation and few new aircraft being launched this trend is becoming ever more prevalent.

Most companies have reacted to these challenges by initiating continuous improvement activities focused largely on leaning out production operations and reducing direct labor product content. Businesses who have embraced lean initiative for many years are finding diminishing returns from this approach. In many cases this activity has been accomplished by the outsourcing of non-core operations and work content, reducing the internal production base.

Given this situation, many companies have realized they must redirect their attention to creating value through enhanced supply chain efficiencies. Ducommun is in the midst of such a supply chain transformation.

Please join us in Torrance, CA, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Joel Benkie (President & COO) and Jerry Redondo (VP of Operational Excellence) of Ducommun share some key aspect of their strategy and approach.

Attendance is limited to the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants, i.e., organizations that have a direct role in production, e.g., engineering, fabrication, coating, and testing. Likewise, to promote exchange, each meeting is limited to 20 attendees.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 3). Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbsep15.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the heads of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates.

Tour & Strategic Discussion at Triumph Aerostructures

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South Bay (CA) Chapter August 13 meeting

Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division – Hawthorne has been a major innovator of both military and commercial airframe structures since the 1930s. This experience has enabled them to become a world-class supplier of skin panels.

The Hawthorne plant has produced Boeing 747 fuselage panels since the aircraft program began in 1966. Since that time, they have delivered more than 1,400 fuselage ship sets, including those for Air Force One. This fuselage section is 172 feet long. Each shipset has 21 major side and door panels delivered to Boeing in six custom, oversized railcars. In addition, Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division builds five upper and three lower “bonnet” panels for each 747 fuselage, along with 90 to 130 floor beams per ship set.

At the main assembly plant, subassemblies are assembled, such as access doors, stringer assemblies, and skin panel assemblies. To help ensure first-time quality, the site uses Determinate Assembly (D/A), an advanced digital manufacturing process that minimizes product variability and allows “snap-together” final assembly of large structures.

Please join us in Hawthorne, CA, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:30am – 10:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Marty Jones, President – Hawthorne, will host a presentation, tour, and strategic discussion at Triumph Aerostructures.

Attendance is limited to the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants, i.e., organizations that have a direct role in production, e.g., engineering, fabrication, coating, and testing. Likewise, to promote exchange, each meeting is limited to 20 attendees.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 5). Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbaug15.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the presidents of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates. Breakfast at this meeting is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

Tour & Strategic Discussion at Brek Manufacturing

Tour & Strategic Discussion at Brek ManufacturingBrek machine

South Bay (CA) Chapter July 8 meeting

Brek Manufacturing Company specializes in the machining of complex structural aerospace components. They produce precision-machined and monolithic-designed parts for a variety of programs including the A380, 737, 777 and 787 commercial aircraft and the F-15 Eagle, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet fighters and the C-17 Globemaster defense aircraft in 140,000 square feet of buildings. The Brek facility houses many large multi-axis, multi-spindle machines.

Please join us in Gardena, CA, on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:30am – 10:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Marwan Hammouri, President & CEO, will host a presentation, tour, and strategic discussion at Brek Manufacturing.

Attendance is limited to the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants, i.e., organizations that have a direct role in production, e.g., engineering, fabrication, coating, and testing. Likewise, to promote exchange, each meeting is limited to 20 attendees.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 1). Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbjul15.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the presidents of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates. Breakfast at this meeting is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

Special Tour of Edwards Air Force Base

Special Tour of Edwards Air Force Basef-35b-edwards

South Bay (CA) Chapter June 10 tour

The 412th Test Wing, the host wing for Edwards Air Force Base, plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components, as well as modeling and simulation, for the U.S. Air Force.

Please join us in Edwards, CA, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm PDT for an up close and personal visit to aircraft and operations that is not available to the general public. We will visit the Air Force Flight Test Museum (including a number of legacy aircraft, including a SR-71 Blackbird and a B-52). A flightline tour will be next, including planeside visits to an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and an F-22 Raptor. Lunch will be at the NASA Armstrong cafeteria followed by an extensive visit to the Maintenance Facility, where the aircraft are maintained, modified, and reviewed after tests.

Attendance is limited to 15 natural born US citizens who are the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants, i.e., organizations that have a direct role in production, e.g., engineering, fabrication, coating, and testing. Likewise, to promote exchange, each meeting is limited to 20 attendees.

The tour is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members. Advanced registration is required by June 3. For more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbjun15.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the presidents of AMG Torrance. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates.