DATE: Thursday, April 26th, 2012


PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation
COST:   $12- $20, See information in Reservations

Buffet Menu: Asparagus Spears in a Fresh Cream Sauce served on Toast
Points, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Zucchini
Carrot Dressing, Buttered Noodles, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner
Rolls and Butter, and Dessert.


Lt Col (USAF retired) Kent Tiffany is a subject matter expert with Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)  over the past 12 years.  His briefing will present
his past history with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Global Hawk and the X-45A
UCAV programs; where he had directinvolvement at Edwards AFB, CA, from
initial flight test to him operationally deploying Global Hawk to the war
shortly after 9/11.  With permission from the U.S. Air Force, he’ll discuss
his support to his company’s present contracts for the Next Generations
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program, and his work for developing
technologies for the Global Hawk Airborne Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA). 
Last, Mr. Tiffany though his own company has been working on developing
super long endurance UAV for Group 2 class aircraft(up to 55 lbs.), where
his company’s UAV may be capable of staying airborne for days, weeks and
even possibly months at a time without landing or refueling. 

The briefing will go into some of the technical challenges of developing
the Next Generations Remotely Piloted Aircraft (NGRPA) program with the
multiple aircraft control, automation assist for Close Air Support (CAS)
mission with an aircraft capable flying at nearly 500 mph, pulling 4-Gs and
firing possible weapons with turreted guns, lasers, or other kinetic type
weapons where latency for communications and lack of ground situational
awareness prevents the pilot manually controlling the aircraft during the
engagement sequence.  He will also discuss the challenges of the Airborne
Sense and Avoid effort (ABSAA) effort for Global Hawk, where the challenges
in technology and the certification process with the DoD and the FAA drive
high risk for this program.  Last, he’ll discuss briefly about the future
Department of Homeland Security CBP mission with protecting our Nation’s
borders of over 12,000 miles of border (19,000 with Alaska and Hawaii).

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-
Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford
Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to
Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

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Members: $12.00
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WALK-INS: Walk-ins are available for this meeting.
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