FSik Rotorcraft Asia | Asia Pacific Dedicated Civil Helicopter Show | Conference Advisory Committee


Jean-Brice Dumont

With nearly two decades of industry experience, Jean-Brice Dumont has been the Executive Vice President, Engineering, as well as Chief Technical Officer since 2012, responsibilities that he began with Eurocopter, Airbus Helicopters’ predecessor company.

Dumont joined Eurocopter in February 2004. He worked as an Engineer and Development Project Manager for the NH90 program, prior to becoming the NH90 Chief Engineer and NH Industries’ Technical Director from 2008 to 2012.

A licensed French Army Aviation pilot, Dumont started his career with the country’s DGA military procurement agency in 1996, where he worked on the Tiger and Super Puma rotorcraft programs before ultimately being appointed the organization’s Chief Test Director for the Tiger helicopter in 2002.

Dumont is a graduate of France’s École Polytechnique and ISAE Aerospace Institute.

J. Scott Drennan

Scott Drennan serves as director of Bell’s newly formulated Innovation Team. Scott earned a BS is Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. He joined Bell Helicopter in 1993 as a structural analyst on the V-22 EMD program. His career in structures as both a direct employee and contractor for Bell focused mainly on tiltrotors. In addition, he worked on many of Bell’s helicopter programs such as the M407, M427, and M429. He received his first taste of pure research during a 2-year assignment on the Advanced Structures team where he contributed to the Composites Affordability Initiative sponsored by the Wright Patterson Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio.

Scott joined the ranks of Bell’s engineering management team in 2011 while on an 8-year assignment in Italy supporting the Leonardo-Bell partnership on the 609 civilian tiltrotor program. Scott’s recent positions include director & chief engineer of the Bell 609 program and director of Air Vehicle Integration. Today, Scott is proud to carry on Bell’s rich tradition of innovation as a leader in Bell’s advanced concepts community. Bell’s new Innovation Team Mission is to depart from past practices and principles and radically innovate VTOL technologies and aircraft configurations in order to illuminate the future for the Bell business and change the way the world flies.

Bob Gagne

Bob Gagne is country director, Global Sales for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) in Singapore where he is responsible for establishing and maintaining customer relationships, ensuring customer satisfaction and creating market and competitive insights supporting multiple BDS products and services.

During his over 30 year career at Boeing, Gagne held various senior management positions within Project Engineering, International Business Development, and Program Management on the Osprey and Chinook programs based in Philadelphia. He was responsible for the sales of Chinooks to Singapore, and Australia, and was the executing Program Manager for the production and delivery of CH-47SD aircraft to the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Gagne’s extensive international experience has focused primarily in Asia where he has worked campaigns and programs in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, the Philippines and other Asian countries.

Prior to this assignment, Gagne was Boeing’s Proposal Manager for the V-22 Multi Year Procurement III proposal to NAVAIR for a multi-billion dollar five year procurement of aircraft. Recently he led the Bell-Boeing/United States Government effort to develop a winning V-22 response to the “Tiltrotor Aircraft for Japan Ministry of Defense, Ground Staff Office” which led to the first international sale of V-22s in mid-2015. Prior to his career at Boeing, Gagne served in the United States Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Officer on the A-6E Intruder aircraft.

Gagne graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and from Regis University with a Masters of Business Administration degree.

He currently resides in Singapore with his wife Bonnie. He has three adult children, Andrew, Aaron and Amy.

Pascal Dauriac

Pascal Dauriac is a graduate mechanical engineer and Master of Science from the French Petroleum Institute (IFP School). He joined Safran Helicopter Engines in 2000 after some years of experience in automotive piston engines.

He served the Engineering Division in different areas such as Performance, Pre-Projects and Products technical development. He was appointed ARRIEL Chief Engineer in 2011.

In March 2016, Pascal has been appointed Head of Research & Technology. He leads activities including fundamental studies, technology demonstration on lab, on test bed and in flight, addressing new products, manufacturing and MRO processes.

Mr. Chris Van Buiten

Chris Van Buiten is the Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations at Sikorsky where he runs the Sikorsky Innovations group responsible for maturing next generation technologies, processes and products. Current areas of focus include Future Vertical Lift design, high speed S-97 RAIDER prototype and Joint Multi-Role DEFIANT demonstrator programs, autonomy and optionally piloted flight demonstrations, as well as a portfolio of advanced rotor, and fleet management technology programs. Mr. Van Buiten joined Sikorsky in 1989 where he has been engaged in the conceptual and preliminary design of Sikorsky products including the Collier Award winning S-92 commercial transport, CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and UH-60M BLACK HAWK. He has served as Chief of Preliminary Design and Manager of Advanced Design and has led Sikorsky’s Strategic Planning group. Chris led Sikorsky’s acquisition of the PZL Mielec Aircraft Company in Mielec, Poland . He has also served as a Technical Fellow for Advanced System Design.

Mr. Van Buiten was a Glenn L. Martin Aerospace Scholar at the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace degree in 1989. He received a Master of Science in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sloan School of Business in 1999.

Roland Hengartner

Roland Hengartner gained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration. Hengartner started his career as a design engineer and then project manager in the chemical industry, environmental engineering and textile industry. He has 15 years of experience in Business Aviation (Cabin Interiors and Emergency Medical Services Products).

He was appointed CEO of Aerolite on January 1st 2014.

Ian McLuskie OBE

Ian joined CHC Scotia in November 2006 and since 2012 has been the SAR Technical lead within the CHC Commercial organisation. Previously he was for 6 years the CHC UK SAR Business Unit Leader responsible for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Contracts to deliver the UK Helicopter Search and Rescue service from 4 bases in England and Scotland.

In 2000, after a 30 year career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, he became an Aviation Consultant working in a variety of roles and business areas in the UK and overseas. This included a period working with Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance as specialist adviser on UK Search and Rescue Programmes and Military Flying Training for the UK Defence Procurement Agency and with Ernst & Young on the Czech Republic SAAB Gripen fighter procurement programme.

Whilst in the RAF he flew helicopters in Support, Search and Rescue, and Training roles, and fixed wing jet aircraft as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI). He is a graduate of the RAF Central Flying School and is an A2 QFI and an A2 Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI). In his time in the RAF he commanded frontline flying units in the UK, overseas and on combat operations as well as serving on exchange tours in Kuwait, India and with the British Airborne Brigade. Immediately prior to leaving the RAF as a Group Captain he was the Base Commander at RAF St Mawgan and the RAF Helicopter Search and Rescue Force Commander. On leaving regular service he continued to serve until 2004 as an RAF Auxiliary Air Force pilot flying part time on the Puma HC Mk1.

He is an experienced presenter at International SAR Conferences and has in recent years spoken at SAR conferences in UK, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands.

He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (OBE) and holds a Master’s of Science in Defence Studies (MSc).

Gareth Dyer

Mr Gareth Dyer is a graduate of ADFA where he was awarded a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and subsequently was commissioned as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. During his time with Defence, he served with the Directorate General of Technical Airworthiness, in Aircraft Structural Integrity and Airworthiness Regulation respectively. He then served as a project engineer on the RAAF Hawk jet trainer project, assisting the introduction to service of the type and supporting several STCs and capability upgrades. He joined the Nova Systems in 2004, where he consulted on airworthiness and design of Aeromedical Evacuation capability rotary and fixed wing assets. In 2009, he moved to a Programme Management role with responsibility to deliver on Nova’s portfolio of rotary wing projects, primarily across S-70A-9 Blackhawk, Tiger, NH-90, and CH-47 Chinook aircraft. In 2012 he moved the UK to lead GVH Aerospace, Nova’s subsidiary Aerospace Design Organisation which holds EASA Part 21J, CASA Part 21M and CAAS 21H design organisation approvals in the UK, Australia and Singapore respectively. Gareth currently holds the dual roles of Chief Executive and EASA Head of Design for GVH Aerospace, overseeing both business operations and delivery of design approvals and STCs across a broad range of civil fixed and rotary wing aircraft types.

Craig Pluim

Craig Pluim is Vice President of Sales -Rotary Wing of Vector Aerospace Corporation, having been appointed to the position in January 2016.

Craig has amassed a distinguished and highly successful 35-year career in the aerospace industry, specifically in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul sectors.

As many leaders do in our industry, Craig began his career as an aircraft apprentice and earned his way to the top of our highly competitive industry through hard work, innovative thinking, demonstrated leadership, and proven results.

He began his career as a licensed aircraft engineer (AME/A&P) and received his training with the Canadian military at Base Borden, Ontario.

His extensive aerospace background includes tenures with Dome Petroleum, Travira Utama, CHC, Arctic Air and Heli-One, where prior to joining the Vector team, he served as Director of Sales; leading Heli-One sales activities throughout North, Central and South America.

Prior to this, Craig held the position of Director of Maintenance and General Manager with Arctic Air in California for nearly 20 years.

Pluim’s experience, leadership style and industry vision are aligned with the strategic vision and culture of the Vector Aerospace team, and his knowledge, leadership and experience sets the stage for continued growth of Vector Aerospace in the years to come.

Manny Atwal

Manny Atwal serves as Vice President & General Manager for StandardAero’s Helicopters business unit. He has been employed in this role since 2011 and has full responsibility for the company’s Helicopter engine MRO services including sales, marketing, customer support, engineering and operations. Atwal has more than 23 years of Aerospace industry experience and has served in a variety of executive roles at the company’s Winnipeg (Canada), Singapore, and European facilities.

Atwal holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Manitoba, is an active member of the Aviation Week Advisory Group for Helicopters, and also an active member of The Associates of the University of Manitoba. He also participated on a variety of volunteer Boards in Winnipeg, Canada.

StandardAero’s Helicopter business delivers industry leading Rolls-Royce M250 engine MRO services to operators across the globe. As the largest Rolls-Royce Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMROC) in the world, StandardAero provides complete engine MRO solutions to its customer base. In 2017, StandardAero is celebrating 50-years of M250 MRO support, making it one of the longest standing service providers in the industry.

Douglas Cavannagh

Douglas Cavannagh, based on Singapore, has over 40 years of aviation experience and is currently a provider of aviation risk & safety management advisory services through his company, Douglas Cavannagh &Associates. As a pilot, he has flown fixed and rotary winged aircraft in both the military and civil environments in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific regions and has logged more than 13,000 hours of flight time.

Douglas Cavannagh is a certified Lead Aviation Auditor, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, IS-BAO (Fixed Wing & Rotary Wing) & IS-BAH™ auditor, and an approved auditor for the HAI Accreditation Programme of Safety ('HAI-APS'). He is also a former member of HAI's Safety Committee.

Douglas Cavannagh has vast experience in a variety of roles in the aviation industry including: aircraft sales and leasing, production test pilot / demonstration pilot, company management, as well as risk and safety management. Prior to being Risk and Safety Manager for a global leader in Claims and Asset Management, he was CEO of Deccan Aviation (one of India's leading General Aviation companies) and the parent company of India's first Low Cost Carrier 'Air Deccan'.

He is a member of various International Societies including ISASI, AsiaSASI, AOPA, NBAA, HAI, Flight Safety Foundation ('FSF'), International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading ('ISTAT') and is a Life Member of the Rotary Wing Society of India.

Robert Cavers

Robert Cavers has over 25 years' experience in Aviation. Beginning his career in Canada in 1991 as a Transport Canada licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and he also holds an Airframe and Powerplant mechanics licence from the FAA. He has worked in many countries in his career living in four different continents. Since 2006 Robert has been involved in Safety and Quality Management with major helicopter operators implementing and auditing Safety Management Systems. He has also worked recently for a major international Oil and Gas Company as an Aviation Advisor for 5 years where he oversaw fixed wing and rotary wing operations covering both Asia and Australia.

Currently he is the Safety and Quality Manager for HNZ and is based in New Zealand. HNZ has a fleet of aircraft working globally in Utility and also Offshore Oil and Gas Support operations.

David Leithner

David is an Aviation Advisor for Shell Aircraft, based at the company's head office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Before joining Shell, he spent over 20 years in the Air Transport Industry, working globally as a professional pilot and in various management roles in flight operations, flight safety and aviation business management.

In addition to his academic achievements which include a Masters Degree in Air Transport Management, David is a rated Airline Transport Pilot, ICAO accredited Aviation Security Professional Manager and IATA accredited Aviation Professional Manager.

In his current role, he supports Shell businesses and continues to work with industry professionals, regulators and organizations from around the World to provide aviation assurance and to promote and enhance flight safety and business development in multi-cultural environments.

David founded the Asia Pacific Helicopter Safety Team and is a published author and occasional guest speaker at industry events.

Jeremy Ovens

Jeremy is the Head of Operations – LifeFlight Australia, and is responsible to oversee the LifeFlight CASR Part 142 flight school operations.

He is ATPL(H) qualified, with 6000hours in EMS/SAR operations. He is also a type rating instructor and examiner for AW139, Bell 412 and BK117 helicopters. Jeremy is also qualified as an Instrument rating examiner and night rating instructor and examiner.

Philip Swadling

Phil is the Technical Director of the Avionics Country Business Unit, Thales Australia, and also concurrently the Deputy Technical Director of Thales Training and Simulation.

The Avionics Country Business Unit provides products and services related to defence avionics and airborne electronic systems, particularly related to helicopters, and training and simulation solutions for Naval, Land and Air domains. As AVS CBU Technical Director, Phil is responsible for technical aspects of simulation and avionics activities in Australia, including Design Authority, definition of local technical strategy, managing self-funded R&D, interfacing with global business lines for avionics and simulation products and systems, and collaboration with local SME and research institutions.

Phil have over thirty years’ experience in development and technical management of defence systems projects, with the majority of that time spent in simulation and avionics related activities. He is also a member of Engineers Australia and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has been a member of the board, and Deputy Chair, of Simulation Australasia, and is the Co-convenor of the 2017 Australian Simulation Congress.

Phil graduated from the University of NSW with a B.E in Electrical Engineering, and a B.Sc in Computer Science.

Edward Choice

Edward Choice is CAE’s Senior Manager, Business Development working with Defence and Security customers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

After a 30 year career, Edward joined CAE from the Australian Defence Force, where he qualified as a pilot, and specialised in Special Operations, flight test, flight instruction and flight simulation. Amongst other achievements, he led the procurement and training system integration of the World’s first military LEVEL D helicopter flight simulator.

Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter announced the opening of a state-of-the-art Singapore facility in 2012. This facility offers customers a one-stop shop for comprehensive repair, completion, fulfillment, maintenance and customization solutions.

Bell Helicopter and the Singapore Economic Development Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2010. Within one year following this, Bell Helicopter and Cessna broke ground on the new service center in the Seletar Aerospace Park.

The service facility is 160,500 total square feet and equipped with climate-controlled hangars for Bell Helicopter and Cessna products, a paint booth, warehouse, overhaul and maintenance shops, offices, and a 77,000 square foot ramp. Plans for the new facility include training, performing customization and completions, major refurbishment projects, labor and parts sales, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul. Bell Helicopter and Cessna envision the center capitalize on Singapore’s beneficial location and will in time become a regional hub for our customers in Asia Pacific.

"Our Singapore office is a testament to Bell Helicopter’s commitment to growing our presence in Asia Pacific," said Christopher Schaefer, General Manager, Bell Helicopter, Singapore. "The facility allows us to continue providing our award-winning support to our current and future customers in this important growth region."

The Bell Helicopter service center in Singapore supports aircraft delivery in addition to complete aircraft refurbishment, customization and maintenance, repair and overhaul. The facility offers customers a convenient location for new aircraft acceptance, spares part distribution and maintenance training within the Asia Pacific region. Bell Helicopter currently has civil aviation certifications in Singapore (CAAS), Indonesia (DGCA), Philippines (CAAP), Thailand (DGCA) and Australia (CASA).

Bell Helicopter provides its customers with local support in every corner of the world and has the largest support network in the industry with more than 100 Authorized Customer Service Facilities in 34 countries. Ranked number one in customer support for 23 consecutive years by Professional Pilot magazine, Bell Helicopter is committed to having resources where customers operate to speed up delivery of service and support, and gives customers access to service professionals that are easy to reach, know the operating environment and understand their needs.