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The Airworthiness Defense Industry Advisory Group (ADIAG) Keystone Panel

The Airworthiness Defense Industry Advisory Group (ADIAG) Keystone Panel

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 10:00 AM


Moderator:
Mr. Ed Jespersen, Lockheed Martin (View Bio)
Panelists:
Ms. Naconya Shanahan, Lockheed Martin (View Bio)
Mr. Mike Haerr, Rolls-Royce Corporation (View Bio)
Mr. Geoff Butler, General Atomics (View Bio)
Mr. Caleb Freeman, Sierra Nevada Corp. (View Bio)


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The Airworthiness Defense Industry Advisory Group (ADIAG) Keystone Panel Objective:

Working Airworthiness Certification Today, Tomorrow, and Future

This panel will contemplate current AWC as governed by Mil HdBk 516-C, implications of digital acquisition on AWC, and activities that will position the Department of Defense to realize anticipated Digital Engineering Airworthiness Certification benefits.

The aerospace and defense industry has used systems engineering for decades. Operational Safety Suitability and Effectiveness (OSS&E) has similarly proven a key programmatic consideration. These two activities must align as aircraft procurement programs move through various phases and milestones. Airworthiness Certification criterion, standards, and methods of compliance serve as prominent metrics to provide confidence in weapon system design and ultimately mission suitability.

The ADIAG (ADIAG) serves in an advisory capacity to the USAF Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA), providing a means to obtain an industry perspective when the AF Airworthiness Management Steering Group (AMSG) is contemplating Airworthiness Certification (AWC) process and procedure updates.

While the current document-centric AWC process provides confidence in weapon system OSS&E, DoD and industry representatives see the cost and time efficiencies offered through collaborative model-based engineering (MBE). To achieve these digital acquisition benefits, AWC considerations must move left in the planning process, the virtual platform (i.e., digital twin and digital thread) must represent the physical platform, and means for collaboration must flow across the entire enterprise. MBE is at the core of creating a cross-functional digital enterprise for utilization throughout a weapon system’s lifecycle.

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