Assessment of Aircraft Certification Procedures for Emerging Technologies
Identification of gaps that may exist due to emerging technologies in both new certification rules and existing standards that are used as means of compliance to these rules balances a very fine line between avoiding the suffocation of new technologies with regulations built for legacy technologies on one hand, and naïvely pushing new technologies without concern for their safety implications or inferences on the other.
Advanced concepts are, by their very nature, challenges that uniquely require insights into yet unknown areas. These will involve concept exploration, concept development, concept demonstrations in laboratory and relevant environments, prototyping and then production.
One of the most fascinating ways to look at a technical problem is to probe its full complexity. Traditional approaches typically tried to break down a problem area into smaller, more easily understandable parts. There is much merit to this approach, if the problem is what’s considered “linear” or that it can not only be broken down, but that it can be “reassembled” without missing any critical components. Of course, how many times have you taken a piece of technology apart to repair a part inside and reassembled it only to find one or two bolts that didn’t find their way back together? Still worked? Good piece of tech. Still didn’t work (even after you re-disassembled)? Not-so-good piece of tech.
Multidisciplinary Engineering Approach
Aerospace Engineering has a long tradition of being a multi-disciplinary engineering approach to problem solving. From the late 1890s and Otto Lilienthal's glider experiments, to the very early 1900s and Samuel Langley's ill-fated flight developments and tests, to the ground-breaking engineering achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the key to aviation and aerospace success was coming to grips with the critical balances of aerodynamics, propulsion, flight dynamics, stability and control, among the key.
Whether your problems and challenges are in aerospace engineering, or some other field, the approach of integrating disciplines sets the boundaries on "the box," and allows for "out-of-box" solutions to be achieved in a timely and useful way.
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Establishing a strategic plan is a most fundamental document. It should contain the goals and objectives. It should identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. These are all based on the vision, mission and values of the organization. For a technical, research organization, the strategic plan should also show the quantitative benefits and risks of the goals and objectives. Together, these form a strong foundation for the roadmap to success.
A strategic plan, therefore, is not static. Nor is it changed every day. Finding the right balance for this roadmap is as critical as the document itself.
Project management is a key discipline to embrace in any technical pursuit. It is a very organic process, involving strategic planning, project planning, project execution, process development (or application), budget planning and tracking, and, most importantly, the people to make the project a success.
Project management is not watching a Gantt or PERT chart, EVM, it is not abiding by CMMI, ISO9001 or PMI criteria and-or certifications. These can all be excellent tools to track project progress, assure quality processes for quality products and consistent practices.