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SEASAM: Guest Speakers


Military MRO: Forecast, Requirements, Opportunities and Processes
This panel will focus on current operations, future requirements, supply chain processes, contractor engagement, workforce issues and small business utilization at major military maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) commands, including Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the US Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center at USCG Base Elizabeth City. The session will also include the perspective of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and major contractors supporting these commands, including their operations, challenges and use of subcontractors and/or suppliers. The panelists may also address any lessons learned, anticipated requirements and potential strategies to increase the utilization and engagement of additional businesses to continuously improve their organizations and to meet the future requirements of their operations.

  • US Navy Fleet Readiness Center East
  • US Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center
  • L-3 Communications
  • Rolls-Royce

Commercial MRO: Forecast, Requirements, Opportunities and Processes
This panel will address the experience, capabilities and leading-edge maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operations conducted by MRO businesses in support of civilian, military and general aviation customers. The panel will also address their unique workforce requirements and issues, challenges encountered in military and commercial contracting and procurement systems, as well as their processes for engaging suppliers and subcontractors in support of their current and future MRO operations.

  • Piedmont Aviation
  • Signature TechnicAir
  • North State Aviation
  • Piedmont Propulsion

Research and Development and Technology Insertion: SBIR and Technology Transition Opportunities in Military and Civilian Aerospace
This session will focus on the opportunity for businesses to leverage federally-identified, federally-funded aerospace research and development requirements through the government’s Small Business Innovative Research Program. The session will also outline the process for transition of commercially-developed aerospace technologies into the military aerospace sector. Finally, session speakers will identify State and federal resources available to support businesses in aerospace R&D, SBIR and technology transition activities.

  • North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
  • Bennett Aerospace
  • US Navy Fleet Readiness Center East
  • North Carolina Military Business Center

AS Certification for Aerospace Businesses: What Your Business Needs to Know
This session will inform businesses about the AS series of quality management standards that applies to businesses that support the aerospace industry. The AS series of standards includes: AS 9100 for organizations that design and manufacture products for the aerospace industry including parts, components and assemblies; AS 9110 for repair stations that maintain commercial, private, and military aircraft; and AS 9120 for distributors of parts to manufacturers that supply the aerospace industry.

  • North Carolina State University – Industry Expansion Solutions
  • Piedmont Industry, LLC.
  • Advantage International Registrar, Inc.

Unmanned Aerospace Systems: Policy, Production, Operations and Maintenance
This panel will focus on military and civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) design, manufacturing, deployment, equipping and sustainment in North Carolina and the Southeast. The panel will specifically highlight military requirements, operations and challenges, public policy issues surrounding UAS and the opportunity to develop a comprehensive industry cluster for research, development, production, fielding, operation and maintenance of unmanned aerial systems.

  • NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT)
  • BOSH Global Services
  • Marine Aircraft Group 14, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  • Fort Bragg
  • King & Spalding LLP

Components, Assemblies & Parts: Forecast, Requirements, Opportunities & Processes
The session will include first, second and other tier subcontractors as well as prime contractors for DLA and other government and commercial customers. This session will focus on the experiences, opportunities and challenges faced by manufacturers of components, assemblies and parts in the aerospace industry. The panel will also include government representatives who will outline their procurement processes for components, assemblies and repair parts, identify obstacles to timely, efficient and cost-effective procurement and highlight opportunities for commercial reverse engineering of repair parts for aging aircraft and related systems.

  • Curtis-Wright
  • Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation
  • Advanced Machining
  • US Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center
  • Machine Specialties, Inc. (invited)

Advanced Manufacturing for Military and Civilian Aerospace
This panel will focus on innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes utilized by businesses engaged in the aerospace market. These include rapid prototyping, advanced machining, other advanced additive and subtractive processes, non-invasive quality assurance technologies and integration of specialty metals, composites and other advanced materials into aerospace manufacturing. The panel will also address military additive manufacturing requirements, adoption, and challenges with component qualification/certification and maintenance/security of data files associated with military advanced manufacturing activities.  

  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Okuma America Corporation

Global Opportunities and Export Assistance Resources for Aerospace Businesses
This session will highlight the opportunities and challenges for businesses in the Southeast to leverage military and commercial aerospace opportunities overseas. The session will also identify applicable laws and regulations that govern the transfer of aerospace products and technologies from the US. Finally, the session will highlight State and federal agencies available to assist businesses in identifying opportunities and navigating federal regulations to successfully sell aerospace technologies, components, parts and other products to customers overseas.

  • US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina



















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