Modern Approaches to HIRF and Lightning Certification

EMA Expo 2024

Jan. 29- Feb. 2, 2024
Denver Marriott West
Golden, Colorado

Course Detail:

This course is a comprehensive overview of best practices and approaches intended to greatly reduce the cost and complexity of HIRF and Lightning Certification. Topics range from commonly experienced pitfalls and misconceptions, key design considerations, and lessons learned from decades of experience in the industry. Effectively leveraging simulation, proper test methods, and a variety of other topics will be covered as well.

Who Should Attend?                 

The course is ideally suited to E3 engineers in the aerospace industry. This course will be particularly valuable to those with little to no certification or HIRF and Lightning experience. Experienced HIRF and Lightning engineers will have the opportunity to strengthen their expertise through lessons learned and pitfalls seen by industry experts across dozens of programs.


Jan. 29- Feb. 2, 2024

Includes lunch and breaks daily.

Course Fee:

HIRF and lightning training course and early expo admission (May 1- July 31): $1,800

HIRF and lightning training course and advanced expo admission (Aug. 1- Dec. 30): $2,000

Cancellations and Refunds:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total registration, plus any direct expenses incurred by EMA. 
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by EMA. 
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by EMA. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than seven days prior to the conference start date. 
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.
  • Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or fee.

Featured Presenters:

Justin McKennon, EMA Principal Scientist I

Justin McKennon is an industry recognized leader in electromagnetic effects and space radiation. Justin has an extensive test background, having previously served as Chief Engineer at NTS Lightning Technologies. He holds a Full Authority FAA DER license in all HIRF, lightning, and EMI/EMC disciplines and has played critical roles in certification efforts on dozens of commercial and military programs.

He also helped lead the establishment of EMA’s Space Environment and Radiation Effects (SERE) facility. Justin has significant expertise related to lightning effects on aircraft, wind turbines, and structures. He also specializes in the test and measurement of electromagnetic effects, EMP, radiated effects, and related areas.

Brock Milford, EMA Senior Engineer

Before coming to EMA, Brock Milford had previously worked at NIAR’s Environmental Test Lab as a HIRF and lightning engineer. While at NIAR, he helped develop the ignition source detection test methods NIAR uses for fuel ignition source testing, he was also responsible for NIAR’s direct effects of lightning testing.

He conducted NIAR’s full aircraft tests to determine the HIRF and lightning test levels used to perform system tests. Brock was the DO-160 Section 23 Change Coordinator for RTCA’s SC-135 Committee. He is also a member of the SAE AE-2 Lightning Committee.

John DiNicola, EMA Principal Scientist I

John DiNicola is an industry leader in understanding and simulating the effects of lightning in the aerospace and defense industries and is a member of the SAE AE-2 Lightning Committee. For more than 20 years he worked at Lightning Technologies, Inc./NTS Lightning Technologies, specializing in the simulation and effects of lightning. John has also worked for a large contractor as a member of the EMI engineering team.

About EMA:

EMA was founded in 1977, and for nearly five decades has become a leading developer of technologies for engineering simulation, specializing in applied electromagnetics. EMA provides software and services to promote the design, certification, and performance of our customers’ products. EMA is an Ansys Technology Partner that develops two simulation products: Ansys EMC Plus and Ansys Charge Plus.

Contact us:


Phone: (303) 980-0070