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Rusty Lowry

QinetiQ

Wilson “Rusty” Lowry is a 1979 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1983 graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School. He worked for 35 years as a flight test engineer for the US Navy, serving as the Technical Director for the VX-23 Strike Aircraft Test Squadron and the US Naval Test Pilot…

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Dave Stobie

QinetiQ

Dave spent 35 years in the RAF flying operational tours on the F4 Phantom and Harrier GR7. He was also a flying instructor teaching both basic and advanced stages of flying training. He graduated from the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) in 2003 and subsequently went on to test the Harrier aircraft and completed an…

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Jon Packwood

QinetiQ

Jon started his career as an avionics apprentice with the Ministry of Defence and has progressed to Chief Engineer for the Heavy Military Aircraft and Ageing Aircraft Team, within QinetiQ Air and Space. He has experience in the design and commissioning of Flight Test Instrumentation systems, flying as a Flight Test Conductor on both fixed…

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Darren Grinter

QinetiQ

Darren has 28 years’ experience within military aircraft Test and Evaluation. Starting his career with the UK Ministry of Defence, gaining qualifications and attending various career development opportunities, he is now registered with the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom and is a Project Engineer, working for QinetiQ UK Ltd. Darren’s background is in avionics…

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Congressman Sam Graves, (R) MO

Topic: Government Affairs

Congressman Sam Graves is a lifelong resident of northwest Missouri. Sam was born in Tarkio on November 7, 1963, and graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982. He went on to receive a degree in Agronomy from the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sam is also a lifelong general aviation enthusiast. As…

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Doug Ronzendaal

Topic: D-Day Flyover Operations Logistics

Doug Rozendaal grew up on a farm in Central Iowa. He will tell you, “I got my pilot certificate in a Cessna 150, one dollar at a time, with money I did not have. But I learned to fly in the DC- 3 and Beech 18 hauling freight.” Now an FAA designated pilot examiner, he…

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Susan Northrup, MD, MPH

Topic: Aeromedical

Dr Northrup is the Senior Regional Flight Surgeon for the Federal Aviation Administration in addition to being the Southern Regional Flight Surgeon responsible for the medical programs in the FAA’s largest region. She holds Bachelor and Medical Degrees from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas. She…

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John Cudahy, President/CEO ICAS

Topic: Air Show Marketing

John Cudahy is the president of the International Council of Air Shows, a position he has held since 1997. As CEO of this Virginia-based trade association, Cudahy has led the organization’s efforts to improve safety, professionalize the air show business, and increase its visibility with the general public, media and government officials. Working closely with…

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Jim Beasley, Jr.

Topic: Aviation Law

Jim Beasley, Jr. is a founding member of the Air Force Heritage Flight program, having performed the first dissimilar formation with the West Coast F-15 Eagle demonstration team at Shaw AFB in 1996. Since that time, Jim has flown in hundreds of Heritage Flights across the United States, Canada and the U.K. In 2006, Jim…

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George E. Hardy, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

Honored Guest/Feature Lunch Speaker

George Hardy entered active duty in July of 1943. He began Aviation Cadet Training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in December of that year, and graduated as a pilot in September 1944. He received additional combat flight training at Walterboro AAF, SC and in March 1945 was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron…

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Col. Joe Kittinger

Honored Guest/Feature Lunch Speaker

It was the “highest step in the world,” Joe Kittinger made history as he ascended to 102,800 feet in a high-altitude balloon and jumped to Earth, setting four world records. During a distinguished USAF career, Joe served as a test pilot, Squadron Commander, and Vice Wing Commander, and he spent 11 months as a POW…

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