Modern Approaches to HIRF and Lightning Certification

EMA Expo 2024

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

Workshop Detail:

This workshop 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 workshop 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.

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 Scientist

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.

David Jenson, Small Airplane Standards, Electric Propulsion Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, FAA

David Jenson has been with the FAA for 4 1/2 years. He currently specializes in the avionics and propulsion areas with an emphasis on electric propulsion for the Small Airplane Standards Branch within the Policy and Innovation Division of the Aircraft Certification service.

He provides certification and technical expertise for part 23 airplanes (conventional, electric, and urban air mobility). His previous industry experience with Sikorsky and Raytheon Aircraft as an ODA UM and avionics/engine controls integration lead has provided a natural transition into the eVTOL airplanes and new/novel systems being introduced in part 23.

Billy Martin, Independent DER Consultant

Billy is an independent Electrical Systems FAA DER consultant with specialization in all areas of EME with multiple projects on all types of aircraft, helicopters, engines and propellers (Part 23, 25, 27, 29, 33 and 35) both commercial and military. He also does limited DER Electrical Systems consultant work on Part 23/25 aircraft. He is a leader in the development of the rules and procedures governing all areas of EME.

Billy served on the EEHWG committee which developed the HIRF rules for the FAA as well as serving as the system test task group leader on the committee that recently revised the HIRF User’s Guide. He served as Chairman of the SAE AE2 Lightning committee 1999-2019 and remains on the executive steering committee. During that period, he served as the US representative to the Eurocae WG-31 lightning committee. This committee is responsible for writing all of the lightning advisory and test guidance material used by the aviation industry. In addition, he was the Industry Chairman for the FAA chartered ARC committee on Large Transport Aircraft Fuel System Lightning Protection.

He is active in the RTCA SC-135 committee as well as other industry committees and working groups and has taught the HIRF Workshop, both in England and the US for the past 26 years.

He is active in the area of Personal Electronic Device aspects for aircraft and served on the SC 202 committee, as a principal technical expert on the FAA ARC for Portal Electronic Devices, and chairman of the SC-234 committee. All, which have led to the expanded use of PED’s on commercial aircraft.

He has been serving as a member of the Oklahoma State University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Broad of Visitors for the last 10 years, as well as an occasional guest speaker/lecturer at various universities.

He is on multiple ODAs, as well as a consultant to several companies.

Rob Steinle, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor (CSTA) for High Energy Electromagnetic Effects, FAA

Rob Steinle is the FAA’s Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor (CSTA) for High Energy Electromagnetic Effects. He has more than three decades of experience in electrical engineering and has applied his expertise as a Lightning, HIRF and P-Static SME on all aircraft from the 777-200 through the current 777-9 model, supported C-17, F-22 and other military platforms with Lightning qualifications, and Air Force 1, MH-139 Helicopter and CST-100 Starliner P-Static testing.

He has been a Session Chair (2001, 2005, and 2017), a Technical Chair (2013) and panel member (2001) for the International Conference on Lightning and Static Electricity (ICOLSE), and a contributor to a paper for the 2006 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations (ATIO) Conference. Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Steinle worked for just over 32 years at The Boeing Company where he was recognized as an expert in lightning protection of composite structure, electronics, and systems. During his time at Boeing, Mr. Steinle was responsible for direct effects lightning protection design and testing for all divisions, as well as lab safety, scheduling, test planning, test integration, equipment procurement, coupon and part testing, test analysis, test documentation, and report publication. He oversaw the design and build of the Boeing Lightning Lab, EMC/EMI/HIRF Lab, and Antenna Lab in the IASL. Mr. Steinle is a Standards Committee Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) AE-2 Lightning and a Boeing Technical Fellow for Electromagnetic Effects. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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.

Workshop Fee:

HIRF and lightning training workshop and early expo admission (May 1- Sep. 1): $1,800

HIRF and lightning training workshop and advanced expo admission (Sep. 2- Dec. 30): $2,000

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