Advisory Board Members:

Rudy Duran - is currently the Executive Manager for Test at Boeing, Defense, Space and Security Division. Previously, he was the Test Program Manger, Test and Engineering, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, responsible for 787 Dreamliner flight test program, including all flight, lab, and ground test activities. Rudy was formerly the Director, Test and Engineering, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, responsible for the C-17, B-1, 767 Tanker programs. Rudy joined Boeing in 1986. From 1989 to 1999 Rudy led or managed various avionics test programs that included the MD-11 certification and the MD-90 certification and follow-on variants. From 1999 to 2001, he was assigned Test Project Engineer for the 717 until aircraft certification and then became the Sr. Mgr. for commercial Test and Evaluation. In 2002, Rudy joined Boeing IDS to lead the Test Integration group on the C-130AMP program for the planning and preparation for testing of various modified C-130 models. At McDonnell Douglas has been responsible for commercial aircraft navigation, communications and flight control systems testing. Rudy started his engineering career immediately after graduation, accepting a position with the famous “Skunk Works” at Lockheed in Burbank working on several classified programs in the field of Avionics Integration and Test. Rudy has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and has 25 years of professional experience in flight test planning, analysis, operations and management.

General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton, MA, USAF, Ret - General Newton was an executive Vice President of Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines division where he oversaw all aspects of customer requirements, support and services. He was also responsible for the continued growth of the military engine business worldwide. General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton served in the United Stated Air Force for over 34 years, retired at the rank of General and the commander of Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. As commander, he was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. Air Education and Training Command consists of 13 bases, more than 43,000 active duty members and 14,000 civilians. After completing pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in June 1967, he attended F-4D qualification training at George Air Force Base, Calif. He flew 269 combat missions from Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, including 79 missions over North Vietnam. The general was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, in November 1974. He held several positions including narrator, slot pilot and right wingman. From 1978 to 1982 he was assigned as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. He has commanded three wings and an air division, and held numerous staff positions. From 1993 to 1995 he was director of operations, J-3, United States Special Operations Command. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, C-12 and F-117 stealth fighter. The general was born in Ridgeland, S.C., where he graduated from Jasper High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation education from Tennessee State University, Nashville, where he was commissioned as a distinguished graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1966. In addition, he earned a Masters of Arts degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Frederic W. Telling, PhD - Dr. Telling recently served as Vice President, Corporate Policy & Strategic Management, Pfizer Inc. Dr. Frederick W. Telling was the Vice President of Corporate Policy and Strategic Management for Pfizer and was elected a corporate officer of Pfizer in 1994.  Dr. Telling was appointed to Senior Vice President, Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group and later that year as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning and Policy. He was named head of Corporate Policy and Strategic Management in 2001. Dr. Telling's professional career has focused on the areas of innovation, education and research. He is an invited faculty lecturer at the Harvard University and Cornell University. He is involved in the work of the Council on Competitiveness, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Institute of Medicine, where he was a contributing author to the IOM's series on Technology Innovation in Medicine. He is a member of the March of Dimes National Foundation Board, The Montrose Group, ORBIS, New York Biotechnology Association (NYBA) and the Wolf Trap Foundation.  Dr. Telling holds a commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings in aircraft and helicopters. Dr. Telling serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the T-6 Racing Association, as well as a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Warbird Association. Dr. Telling received his BA from Hamilton College and his Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations and PhD in Economics and Public Policy from Cornell University.

Heidi R. Wood - Heidi is the Senior Vice President, Strategy, M&A, and Investor Relations at Spirt AeroSystems. Formerly, Heidi was the managing director and senior equity analyst in Aerospace, Defense and Defense electronics for Morgan Stanley. There she directed equity coverage of North American equity research in aerospace, defense and defense electronics companies and lead global coverage for the sector. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Wood was an analyst at SG Cowen, a financial consultant at Shearson Lehman Hutton and Wedbush Morgan securities. Heidi also served as a presidential appointee on the Commission for the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry and was a co-chair on the Finance/Investment sub-committee for that Commission. She has been president of the N.Y. Aerospace Analyst society. Ms. Wood received a B.A. with honors from Brown University.

Legal Counsel

William A. Tanenbaum, JD - Chair - Intellectual Property, Outsourcing, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP. William A. Tanenbaum is the international chair of the Technology, Intellectual Property & Outsourcing Group at Kaye Scholer LLP and a partner in the firm's New York office. He is an intellectual property and technology lawyer. His practice focuses on technology transactions, intellectual property protection and IP and technology litigation, with a particular emphasis on software licensing, outsourcing, privacy and data protection, and establishing IT and IP infrastructures in China. He is routinely involved, on behalf of a wide range of clients both inside and outside the U.S., in information technology matters, intellectual property strategic counseling, computer-related agreements, technology, business process and offshore outsourcing, commercialization of IP, development of open source policies, IT and IP aspects of Homeland Security legislation and IT agreements for medical institutions. Mr. Tanenbaum has been selected as Outside Technology Counsel, Outside Privacy Counsel and/or Outside Intellectual Property Counsel by members of the Fortune 500 and other leading companies.

J. Kenneth Higgins, MBA - It is with the greatest sadness to say the industry loss a great engineer and flight test leader recently. Kenny Higgins recently passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. He was a legend known for calling it the way he saw it. He was incredible generous with his time and his support. We were graced by his support and forever grateful for his advise. His family and the industry suffered a great loss in his passing.

Mr. Higgins served as Vice President Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Flight Operations and Validation after more than 40 years with the company. Mr. Higgins has been responsible for the test organizations with BCA since 1996, including a workforce of around 150 pilots and some 1,500 engineers and technicians. Since 1987, Ken also served as director of flight testing, and has overseen all major new certification efforts from the 747-400 onwards. Higgins was on the first flight of the -400, as well as the 777, 737-400/500 and first Next Generation 737-7. As vice president of Flight Operations and Validation for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ken Higgins was responsible for all flight operations, including flight training, experimental test, production test and executive flight operations. In addition to leading the design related to flight operations for Boeing commercial airplanes, Higgins is responsible for all test functions within the commercial airplane group, including flight test engineering, flight test manufacturing, airplane systems, aerodynamics, noise, propulsion, and structures laboratories. Mr. Higgins joined Boeing in 1966 and since that time has been involved as an engineer, pilot, and manager on the development and certification of the following models: 707 (Canadian Tanker, AWACS); 727 (-200); 737 (-100, -200, -300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -800, -900, BBJ); 747 (-100, -200, -300, -400, Freighter, SP); 757 (200, -300); 767 (-200, -300, -400); 777 (-200, -300). Mr. Higgins was a pilot crew member for the initial flights of the Boeing 777, 737-400, 737-500, 737 Next Generation, and 747-400. Higgins holds type ratings from the Federal Aviation Administration on all Boeing airplanes. He is an associate fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In 1995, Higgins earned the National Aviation Club's "Cliff Henderson Award for Achievement," which is on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. In 1998, the SETP awarded Higgins the J.H. Doolittle award for outstanding professional accomplishments in technical management. Mr. Higgins obtained his bachelor's degree in engineering science from the University of Portland in 1964 and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington's Executive Program in 1985.

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