April 8 Evening Panel Discusses Productivity in Airliner Programs

Panelists include Jim Albaugh, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes,
and Abe Karem, inventor of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle

SEATTLE – Airline and aviation engineering professionals will discuss the state of today’s airline industry during a panel presentation on April 8 at 7 p.m. Featured speaker will be Jim Albaugh, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and incoming president of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The panel also includes Martin Waide, a mechanical-engineering veteran with 60 years of experience in motor racing and unmanned aircraft; Tad McGeer, founder of the unmanned aircraft companies Insitu and Aerovel; and Abe Karem, the founder of Karem Aircraft and the inventor of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. The event is sponsored by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation. Admission is free.

Can we become as productive as our forefathers, despite modern tools?
During the 1960s, airliner production typically progressed from design to airline service in four years. Today, the development of new airliners takes about twice as long, despite advances in the state-of-the-art, and the use of vast computing power meant to dramatically advance productivity. Slower development is also suff­ered in other areas of aerospace engineering. The April 8 panel will discuss the possible causes and remedies, including the uses of CAD and other modern tools, competitive pressure or lack thereof, management techniques, and even office layouts. In other words, can we become as productive as our forefathers, despite modern tools? Audience participation is encouraged.

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