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New Leadership at White Eagle Aerospace

White Eagle Aerospace (WEA) founder and president J. Terry White has stepped down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective immediately, Scott A. Robb will assume the role of CEO of the Arizona-based aerospace training and consulting provider.

We extend our sincere gratitude to J. Terry White, who established WEA in October of 2006 and has grown the company into the premier training and consulting firm that it is today. We are pleased to announce that Terry will remain an integral part of WEA as the company’s Senior Advisor. In this new capacity, Terry will  leverage his extensive instructional experience and technical knowledge to assist with the professional development of our instructors, curriculum, and consultants, ensuring that our training and consulting services remain at the forefront of the industry.

New CEO Scott A. Robb begins his leadership of WEA at a pivotal time in the company’s history. Indeed, the demand for expert technical training and consulting services within the aerospace industry is higher than ever. With Scott’s unique leadership abilities and business acumen, WEA is ideally poised to embark upon a new era of expanded and innovative technical training and consulting services. As a proven leader with an extensive professional background in the development of elite emergency service providers, Scott brings fresh perspectives and ideas that bode well for our clients. His vision for the future aligns perfectly with WEA’s traditional commitments to technical excellence, client satisfaction, and continuous product improvement.

As we enter this exciting new chapter, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to you, our esteemed clients and partners, who have so loyally supported us on what has been a most remarkable journey. Please know that we remain committed to delivering exceptional technical training and consulting solutions that empower you to excel in your demanding and vitally important missions.

Please join us in welcoming Scott A. Robb (right) as the new CEO of White Eagle Aerospace and in extending our warmest wishes to J. Terry White as he transitions to his new role of Senior Advisor. In league with you, we look forward to embracing new and expanded training and consulting opportunities and building upon the White Eagle Aerospace legacy of integrity, trust, and technical excellence.

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Aerospace Vehicle Performance Course Held at Arnold Engineering Development Complex

From 16-19 September, Aerosciences instructor J. Terry White taught his Aerospace Vehicle Performace (AVP) course to the fine aerospace professionals at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). This is the fourth course Mr. White has taught to AEDC community in the past 13 months, having previously taught his Fundamentals of Hypersonics (FOH) and Basic Missile Aerodynamics (BMA) courses to the organization, which is based at Arnold Air Force Base, TN.

September 2013 AVP Class Picture

The AVP course has been a popular course of late, which seems to be linked with ongoing industry efforts to design more advanced aerospace vehicles. The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to accurately estimate aircraft take-off and landing performance and understand the essentials of proper aircraft design. With these and other simple tools, students are able to estimate the performance of a wide variety of general aviation, commercial, military and special purpose aircraft missions.

One student in attendance noted that the course appeals to professionals from diverse fields, saying “The course would be great for engineers who come from other backgrounds but need aero knowledge.” Another student commented on the course’s relevancy to AEDC in particular, saying “Mr. White provided an outstanding presentation of basic performance methodology and analysis approach. The course helps establish a fundamental understanding of aircraft aerodynamic performance and other core competencies for the AEDC test mission.”

Mr. White is honored by the opportunity to serve the innovative men and women at AEDC. He and the entire WEA team would like to thank Mr. Don Malloy and Ms. Dee Wolfe, as well as each student in attendance this week.

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UAV Course Held at the Air Force Test Center

Sensors & Systems instructor John L. Minor just held his Fundamentals of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Missions and Systems (UAV) course at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The training was held 09-13 September at the Air Force Test Center(AFTC), which conducts developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems to provide timely, objective and accurate information to decision makers.

September 2013 UAV Class Picture

The UAV course is designed for technical specialists, engineers, managers and operational professionals with responsibility for the selection, design, integration, test and operation of UAVs, UAV links and UAV payloads for any military or civil application. One student in attendance said, “This is a much-needed course for flight test engineers. The instructor was a great communicator – one of the best teachers I have ever had!” Another student commented on the essential element Mr. Minor brings to his courses, saying “He is an excellent teacher with great war stories and tales that brought real life into the academics.”

Mr. Minor and the entire WEA staff would like to thank Ms. Patricia Jones, Ms. Kathy Finley, Ms. Cathy Clum and each of the wonderful students in attendance.

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WEA Returns to the Air Force Test Center

Aerosciences instructor and CEO J. Terry White just taught two back-to-back classes to the brilliant men and women of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. This marks the tenth course Mr. White has had the pleasure of teaching at Edwards AFB, where he once worked as an Aerodynamics Engineer at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Regarding the opportunity to teach at Edwards AFB, he said, “I love being there because of the history, the people and the connection that it has with all things aerospace over the last 70 years. To me, Edwards is synonymous with flight test.”

August 2013 EAFB Class Pictures

From 05-08 August, Mr. White held his Aerospace Vehicle Performance (AVP) course, which provides a thorough training experience in the rudiments of propeller-driven and jet-propelled aircraft flight performance. Many of the students commented on the benefit of Mr. White’s instruction on specific excess power. One student said, “I needed a refresher on specific excess power and estimating tools – I haven’t used these concepts in years.” Another student commented, “Specific excess power seems to be glossed over in most texts, but it is used regularly in my job – nice to have it explained again.”

From 12-15 August, Aerospace Lessons-Learned (ALL) was taught to the AFTC community. The course is designed to help aerospace professionals avoid making the same mistakes as those who have gone before. One student emphasized this point, saying “I plan on sending my less-experienced and new lead engineers to this course. We have significant experience loss occurring and this course may help communicate knowledge to them that we cannot give due to lack of experience.” This, of course, is one of Mr. White’s great passions – to help preserve the legacy of lessons-learned in years gone past and pass the baton on to the new generation of aerospace professionals.

The WEA team extends sincere gratitude to the wonderfully helpful Ms. Kathy Finley and the exceptionally resourceful Ms. Cathy Clum, as well as each student in attendance. We hope to see you all again soon!

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Back-to-Back Courses Held at AEDC

J. Terry White just returned to Arnold Air Force Base, TN to teach the fine professionals at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). The flight simulation test facilities at AEDC operate 58 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units.

July-August AEDC Class Photos

From 22-25 July, Mr. White taught his Advanced Missile Aerodynamics (AMA) course. The course is designed for aerospace professionals seeking an advanced knowledge and understanding of classic missile aero force and moment prediction methodologies, with an emphasis placed on techniques pertinent to the preliminary design environment. As one student noted, “This course is very useful to those here at AEDC who work in wind tunnels, as well as others interested in aerodynamics.” Another student said “The course was excellent. I would recommend it to any engineer practicing in missile aerodynamics or testing fields.”

From 29 July – 01 August, Mr. White taught his increasingly popular Aerospace Lessons-Learned (ALL) short course . One student said the course “provided an excellent presentation of past accidents and failures. It made me more aware of influences that must be addressed correctly to prevent failure and loss of life.” Another student emphasized this point, saying “Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” This, of course, is the driving message behind the ALL short course. From design to implementation, the course has been a labor of love for Mr. White, who is a time-wizened veteran of the aerospace industry.

The WEA team would like to thank Ms. Dee Wolfe and Dr. Don Malloy for their enthusiastic assistance and support, as well as each of the wonderful students in attendance. It is a distinct pleasure working with the fine professionals at AEDC!

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WEA Returns to Arnold Engineering Development Complex

J. Terry White just taught two back-to-back short courses to a group of top-notch professionals from Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). AEDC is located at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee and is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world.

From 18-22 March, Mr. White held a repeat offering of his Fundamentals of Hypersonics (FOH) course at AEDC. The initial offering of FOH to AEDC personnel was held 13-17 August 2012. The FOH course provides a thorough treatment of hypersonic flow physics, gas dynamics, aerodynamic heating, plasma effects, aeroacoustics and flight vehicle force and moment characteristics. One student elaborated on the usefulness of the course, saying “The overview of multiple aspects of hypersonics in this course provides context for specific applications of interest or particular fields of study. Even if you are an expert in the fundamentals of hypersonic flight, the course is worthwhile for the technical and historical briefs alone.”

March 2013 FOH Class Photo

From 25-28 March, Mr. White taught his Basic Missile Aerodynamics (BMA) course. The course provides expert instruction in the fundamentals of missile aerodynamics as applied to airframe design and test, with direct application across a broad spectrum of missile types including tactical missiles, ballistic missiles, launch vehicles, sounding rockets and projectiles. One kind student remarked on the learning experience, saying the course was “The most professional, concise and comprehensive course on aerodynamics I’ve ever taken. This course restored enthusiasm in flight that I had lost since graduating from my undergraduate program.”

March 2013 BMA Class Photo

White Eagle Aerospace strives to build and maintain a team of aerospace experts who are passionate about the subjects they teach – and equally passionate about teaching. Mr. White leads the team with an astounding love for what he does and found the two-week teaching experience at AEDC to be exceptionally rewarding. He said, “AEDC has always been connected to what’s happening in aerospace and this continues to be the case. It is a privilege teaching the professionals at the world’s preeminent ground test facility.”

The WEA team extends sincere gratitude to each of the students who attended the recent classes at AEDC, in addition to Ms. Dee Wolfe, Ms. Jeannie McFaddin and Mr. Don Malloy for their priceless assistance.

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Aerodynamics For Engineers Short Course Held at Edwards AFB, CA

From 07-11 May 2012, J. Terry White brought his Aerodynamics For Engineersshort course to Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The training was provided to aerospace professionals from the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), whose workforce includes roughly 12,800 men and women focused on conducting and supporting research, development, test and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat.

May 2012 AFE Class Photo

Class Photo
Aerodynamics For Engineers
Air Force Flight Test Center • Edwards AFB, CA
07 – 11 May 2012

The AFE course continues to be in high demand, both at Edwards AFB and elsewhere. It is also the longest-running and most-taught class to date in the WEA curriculum. White was very impressed with the AFFTC course participants, saying, “The class was extremely engaged, asking lots of questions and providing insightful commentary. From an instructor’s standpoint, it was a particularly rewarding experience.”

On the final day of class, students made a special field trip to the AFFTC Museum where White gave a guided tour and discussed the design characteristics of several legendary aircraft. Said one kind student regarding the training experience, “Mr. White has the ability that most experts of his type do not: the ability to actually teach what he knows to  others in a way that the average person can follow!” Photos of the course can be found on WEA’s Facebook page.

The WEA team thanks each student who attended this offering of the AFE course and extends special gratitude to Ms. Christine Verdugo – whose continued assistance and support is unmatched.

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Fundamentals of EO/IR Sensors Course Held in Palmdale, CA

From 16-20 April 2012, flight testers, aircrew and engineers from as far away as Finland and as close as the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB gathered at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA for EO/IR sensor system training conducted by world-renown expert, John L. Minor. The Fundamentals of Electro-Optics and Infrared (EO/IR) Sensors short course is quickly becoming one of the most popular courses in the White Eagle Aerospace line-up. This marks the third time Mr. Minor has taught his FEOIR course in the past 13 months and second time the course has been hosted at the AERO Institute.

After a full week of instruction, course participants were divided into test teams to work on a capstone EO/IR flight test exercise that allowed them to practice real world applications of academics learned during the week. All team successfully completed the exercises, provided correct answers and passed the course with flying colors. Regarding course attendees, Mr. Minor remarked, “This class was an extremely bright and engaged group. We are honored to welcome these outstanding students to the growing list of FEOIR course graduates.” More photos from the course can be found on WEA’s Facebook page.

April 2012 FEOIR Class Photo

Class Photo
Fundamentals of Electro-Optics and Infrared Sensors
AERO Institute • Palmdale, CA
16 – 20 April 2012

Due to increasingly popular demand, WEA will offer a repeat of the FEOIR course the week of June 11-15 at the AERO Institute.  In order to ensure a seat in this in-demand course, early registration is highly encouraged.

The WEA team extends special thanks to each student in attendance and to AEROi’s Michael McKie and Jose Hernandez, whose assistance and support is greatly appreciated!

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Fundamentals of Hypersonics Short Course Debuts at Wright-Patterson AFB

Aerosciences instructor J. Terry White held his Fundamentals of Hypersonics short course from 26 – 30 March at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. This simultaneously marks the debut appearance of FOH at Wright-Patterson AFB and the roll-out of the newly revised course, which now features a module on Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition.

The added module is of critical importance to hypersonic flight performance and serves to expand the applicability of course material to the modern workplace. Said Mr. White, “This long-anticipated addition gives the student enhanced understanding and insight into the complex world of hypersonics.”

White Eagle Aerospace was honored to welcome students from the National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) as well as a significant contingent of students from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

March 2012 FOH Class Photo

Class Photo
Fundamentals of Hypersonics
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
26 – 30 March 2012

The WEA team thanks each student in attendance and extends tremendous gratitude to Ms. Jennifer Toth and Mr. Nathan Setters, whose tireless effort and enthusiasm is sincerely appreciated.

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EO/IR Expert John L. Minor Teaches Next Month

White Eagle Aerospace is pleased to announce the return of the in-demandFundamentals of Electro-Optics and Infrared (EO/IR) Sensors (FEOIR) 5-day short course taught by instructor John L. Minor. The course will be held at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA from 16th – 20th April 2012. Minor is a world-renowned instructor and expert in Electro-Optics and Infrared Sensors who brings unsurpassed knowledge and experience to the course, both academically and professionally. In addition, he has over 1500 flight test hours as a flight test engineer, flight test instructor, and aircrew member.

FEOIR News March 2012

Academic qualifications include: Associates of Science in Electronics Technology; Yuba College, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Minor in Mathematics); University of New Mexico/Air Force Institute of Technology; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (with Electro-Optics Emphasis); University of New Mexico/Air Force Institute of Technology; PhD Qualifying Exam Passed; University of New Mexico; and United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Class 87B.

Flight qualifications include: Master Instructor Flight Test Engineer for USAF Test Pilot School 1988-1989, 1999-2003; Senior Flight Test Engineer; Senior Non-Rated Aircrew Member; Technical Director & Senior Instructor Flight Test Engineer for USAF Test Pilot School 2004-2008

Flight test experience includes: F-16 A/B & C/D Avionics, Electro-Optics and Infrared (EO/IR) Sensors, RADAR, and Electronic Warfare (EW);  AN/ALQ-179 CORONET PRINCE EO Countermeasures System; HH-60D Night Hawk Search and Rescue (SAR); AN/AAQ-13 & -14 Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) System; F-16D Tactical Reconnaissance (F-16 TAC RECCE); BQM-145A Medium Range Unmanned Air Vehicle; AGM-136A Tacit Rainbow Extended Loiter Anti-Radiation Missile; CL-227 Sentinel (Flying Peanut) Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS); F/A-18D(RC) Tactical Reconnaissance (F-18 TAC RECCE); AN/AVD-5 Electro-Optical Long Range Oblique Photography System (EOLOROPS); RQ-3A DARKSTAR; NF-16D Variable Inflight Stability Test/Training Aircraft (VISTA); Plus Numerous Classified Special Projects.

Major aircraft & simulators flown: Aircraft: F-16B/D, NF-16D, F-15E, F-15B, RF-4C, F-4D/E/F, T-38, NC-131, C-130, C-12, T-39, B-52, C-5, C-141, U-6A, UV-18, UH-1H&N & HH-1H, HH-60D, P-3, F-14, F-18, OH-58, EMB-312, EMB-120, and numerous gliders; Simulators: F-16, F-15E, F-18, SR-71, B727, B737, B757, L1011, A-380

Test range experience includes: Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA; Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, FL;  Arnold Air Development Center (AEDC), TN; Pacific Missile Range Facility, CA; Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division (NAWC-WD), CA; Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD), CA; Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), NV; Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR); White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM; Joint Interoperability Test Range, Fort Huachuca, AZ; Yuma Electronic Proving Ground, AZ.

Professional affiliations include: Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE); Past President of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE); Senior Member of AIAA; Member of ITEA; Member of IEEE; Member of INCOSE; Member of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Association; Member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

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