Michael Borgman, Chairman of Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC), Spirit AeroSystems Inc
Mr. Borgman has been a composite structures analyst and engineer for more than three decades. A significant portion of this time was spent performing structural testing to characterize the resilience of composites to damages and manufacturing defects, and repair of same. In parallel with this, he invested significant time developing general analysis methods for composites, and specialized methods for analyzing and substantiating composite repairs. Mr. Borgman has worked for a number of OEMs during his career and has provided analytical and repair design support to composites applications on numerous products, including cruise missiles, military aircraft, business aircraft, and commercial transport aircraft. For roughly the last 10 years, Mr. Borgman has been involved in the 787 and A350 composite fuselage programs at Spirit Aerosystems. Prior to earning an advanced degree in engineering analysis, Mr. Borgman worked as a composites shop mechanic and then production manager. These early composites manufacturing ties yielded familiarity with shop operations and knowledge of current fabrication and repair methods for composites. Mr. Borgman is in his second term as chairman of the SAE/International “Commercial Aircraft Composites Repair Committee” and has had instrumental roles in Composite Aircraft Damage Tolerance and Repair workshops hosted by the FAA and EASA over the last 5+ years.
Michael Curran, Chief Engineer, Bombardier
Michael Curran obtained an Honours Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters Degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group). He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Michael has worked for Bombardier (Short Brothers plc) since 1989, in a range of Engineering and senior management positions. He has wide experience in MRO engineering related disciplines as well as in Design and Structural analysis, coupled with Six Sigma experience in Operations. He has experience over a number of years managing the Engineering/Operations interface over multiple sites and processes with a team of Engineers, and has a broad understanding of the Engineering process from concept to product delivery and support. More recently Michael has led teams in the process of product development and product introduction where he has been responsible for delivery of the optimised Engineering and business case. He currently has Engineering responsibility for Bombardier Aerospace Belfast’s expanding customer services business, including responsibility for repair and overhaul of all its products in the market, and in its Belfast and Dallas facilities.
Steve Hoy, Composite Specialist (Training), Lufthansa Resource Technical Training
Stephen Hoy is a Technical Instructor with Lufthansa Resource Technical Training (LRTT), based at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire UK. He is the company's lead advanced composite repair and metal structural repair Instructor.
He delivers composite repair training at the brand new LRTT home base facility, as well as numerous worldwide customer locations. Additionally Stephen teaches elements of EASA part 66 engineer licensing syllabus.
His role requires him to deliver both in-depth theoretical, and practical training to composite repair technicians, he has developed training courses to raise awareness of the key issues concerning composite material repair and handling for certifying staff, maintenance managers, and support staff.
Stephen is a recognised composites repair expert and has presented papers on the subject at several composite materials in aviation conferences; including, EUCOMAS, Berlin 2009 & Composites in Manufacturing, Birmingham 2010. Additionally Stephen is part of the R&D project of a major aircraft manufacturer examining in service composite repairs.
Stephen served in the Royal Australian Air Force, where several years of his 23yr career involved instructional duties at the RAAF School of technical training and the expedient damage repair school.
He was awarded the Australian Defence Force Conspicuous Service Medal in 2004 for outstanding service in the field of technical training.
He moved to the UK in 2005 to pursue further experiences and challenges in the commercial aircraft maintenance and repair industry.
James Kornberg, Customer Support, Products and Business Development General Manager, Aerostructures Business Unit, Air France Industries
James Kornberg is the Customer Support, Products, and Business Development General Manager of the Air France Industries Aerostuctures Department since end of 2010. The activity includes repair and overhaul of the Air France KLM fleet and third party customers of thrust reversers, inlet and fan cowls, radomes, and flight controls.
Before, he headed the Technical, Logistic, and Planning Department of the base and line CDG maintenance of the A330, A340, and A380 fleet during four years.
He was in Air France Industries Marketing and Sales team between 2001 and 2006.
He entered in Air France in 1998 in the Strategic Planning Department after some training experiences at Airbus in the flight test department, in marketing at Euresas/Air Business Academy in Toulouse, and in Singapore in the French Chamber of Commerce.
He graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in 1998.
Paul Leidorf, Composite Repair Engineer, Lufthansa Technik AG
Jorge Leite, VP Quality, TAP Maintenance and Engineering
Jorge Leite is a licensed Mechanical Engineer by Lisbon University (Instituto Superior Técnico), specialized in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. He has worked for TAP Portugal for the past 25 years, mainly in the field of Aircraft Engines Overhaul, Quality, and Safety.
Jorge began his aviation career in 1986 developing JT8D repairs in TAP Engine Shop, where he performed research and development of new repairs and materials.
In 1989, when TAP Portugal introduced the CFM56-3 engine in its fleet, Jorge was appointed Powerplant Engineer for this type leading the team that prepared the grounds, procedures and introduced this engine in the Engine Shop. For the next 6 years he worked as Chief Powerplant Engineer for the CFM56-3, and also managed the phase-in of the CFM56-5A and CFM56-5C engine programs in TAP Portugal. He was Assistant Test Cell Engineer for these types.
In 1995 Jorge took charge of the Production Department in the Engine Shop, prior to assuming successive management positions as Engineering & Quality Manager and later as Commercial Director.
In 2004 Jorge was appointed Director of Quality for TAP Maintenance & Engineering and in 2009 designated Vice President Quality, a position which he still holds today. He is currently the chairman of AEA (Association of European Airlines) Engineering & Maintenance Subcommittee in Brussels and represents AEA in the SSCC (Safety Standards and Consultative Committee) of EASA in Cologne.
Jorge Leite was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1960. His aviation activity extends well outside TAP Portugal. He has been a lecturer in the Portuguese Air Force Academy and several Aeronautical Institutes. Currently he teaches Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Flight Performance in various Portuguese Flight Schools, and Quality and Aeronautical Legislation in Lisbon University. Jorge holds a Private Pilot License.
Arne Lewis, Associate Technical Fellow, 787 Service Engineering, Boeing
Arne has been with Boeing for 23 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Arne began his career at Boeing as a factory Liaison Engineer gaining experience and knowledge about composite structures and composite repair techniques. Arne currently works in Service Engineering supporting commercial airline customers with composite repairs and composite structural issues. Arne is also involved in the industry SAE Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) and is an Executive Committee Member of the CACRC.
Lola Rodríguez Sevillano, Senior Manager, Structures, Workshops & Paintshop Hangar, Iberia Maintenance
Dolores Rodríguez Sevillano has a degree from the Politechnical University of Madrid in Aeronautical Engineering. She began her carrier as an award holder in INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), in the Metrology and Calibration department. After this role she worked in the EADS AIRBUS Project Division, in the stress office and was in charge of the complete study of HTP A319/20/21 fatigue and damage tolerance analysis. In addition to this, she was also responsible for the HTP A340 Finite Elements Model original design and related I-Deas program, and; MLG door fittings, section 18 fuselage, sonic fatigue tests, and several repair designs for customers on in-service aircraft.
In 1990 she joined Iberia, starting as a Line Maintenance Engineer, responsible for structures, landing gear and flight controls in A300, DC-9, B727, B757, A320 and A340 aircraft. She was also an instructor in several aircraft systems for the B757/767 fleet. In 2001, she was promoted to Madrid Ramp Senior Manager for the Iberia fleet, and since 2005 she has had full responsibility for structures and related workshops in Iberia Maintenance, also including the paint shop hangar and interior workshop.
Lola manages almost 500 people, including 12 structural engineers and more than 400 technicians. Her team is responsible of the design and accomplishment of structural repairs in sheet metal and composite materials for external customers and the whole Iberia fleet.
Leigh Sargent, President, ACE-Applied Composites Engineering
Leigh Sargent was born in Australia, studied in Europe, and followed Formula One to the United States, and later became a U.S. citizen. He started Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) 28 years ago with his wife Donna. Over the years Leigh has guided ACE through racing, automotive gauging, aviation repair and aerospace with the common denominator of advanced composite structures. His pioneering work in advanced composites manufacturing and over 30 years of experience in the industry positions ACE as a major solution provider. Leigh’s focus on customer service shows in the company credo of “Right & On Time”.
Klaus Schmidt-Klyk, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Business Development, Lufthansa Technical Training
Klaus Schmidt-Klyk graduated with a degree in engineering in 1978 and started his career in aviation in 1979 as a development engineer at Deutsche Airbus in Hamburg. After several years in the A300, A310 and A320 project and a one year experience in the CASA Nurtanio CN235 project in Indonesia, he joined Lufthansa German Airlines as a maintenance engineer for jet engines in 1986. Subsequently he was promoted when he joined the technical training department where he became responsible for the entire third-party training. In 1995 this department was transferred into the Lufthansa Technical Training, Inc. where he took over the position as Director Marketing, Sale and Customer Services. In an reorganization effective Jan 2009 he was promoted to Vice President Marketing, Sales & Business Development.
Elizabeth Swearingin, Principal – Technical Services, SH&E
Liz Swearingin, Principal, leads SH&E’s Supply Chain Management assignments. Mrs. Swearingin specializes in MRO inventory management, logistics, MRO Finance and IT implementation program management. Prior to joining SH&E, Liz worked for the maintenance & engineering division of US Airways holding several senior management positions in Finance, Planning, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. After leaving US Airways in 2004, Liz held executive sales & marketing roles at Workbrain, an e-Workforce management software provider, and EmpowerMX, an aircraft maintenance software provider.
Dr. Roland Thévenin, Senior Expert Composite, Airbus
Dr. Roland started his career as draftman in the early 70s and later finished his studies at the INSAT (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse) and Sup’ Aéro school (Toulouse, France) where he obtained an Engineering Degree in Mechanics and a Doctorate in Aeronautics.
Dr. Roland joined Airbus in 1987 and has been involved in composites since the beginning of his career there.
Roland was chair of the “Airbus Industrie” working groups about Materials/Processes, Design, Stress, Repairs to develop Harmonization, Standardization and Rationalization with many of Airbus’ partners. He also supported other departments, such as Sales & Marketing, Delivery Center, Customer Service, and the Press and Communication organizations. Furthermore, Roland contributed to international organizations such as the IATA Composite Repair Task Force and then the CACRC (Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee).
Today, as Senior Expert, Roland still supports all functions in the Airbus’ new organization for anything relating to composites, but he is also, as Designated Certification Specialist (DCS), responsible for the establishment of means of compliance for the certification of the composite structures for all Airbus programs. Therefore, Roland is in charge of making all presentations to the FAA, EASA and the other local airworthiness authorities for agreement. He also represents Airbus at various forums such as the CACRC and FAA workshops and communicates Airbus’ approach/philosophy for composite applications via conferences, symposiums, and interviews for industry publications.
Dr. George Zografos, Structures Expert, EASA
Dr. George Zografos graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, but his fascination with aircraft led him to study Aircraft Design at Cranfield University where he was awarded his MSc. His first chance to work with aircraft came with British Aerospace (Airbus) where he spent nearly ten years analyzing aircraft structures in the stress and loads departments, but still something was missing. He was looking for more, so when the opportunity arose he joined the UK-Civil Aviation Authority as a Structures Surveyor with responsibility for a whole variety of aircraft from the very small to the very large. His role was to ensure that the initial Certification Requirements were complied with and that the continuous airworthiness on structural was maintained.
Nine years later the European Aviation Safety Agency was set up and George joined this organization as a Structures Expert, overseeing aircraft safety on a European level.