Vertical Takeoff and Landing Infrastructure—High-Value Aviation Locations Monitoring, Compliance, and Data Sharing

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Safety; Operations
Instructor: Michael Middleton, James Edmunds, and Chris Andres

Instructor Bio

Michael W. Middleton served in various capacities during his active-duty career in the US Marine Corps (USMC) as a fleet helicopter pilot (CH-53D) in support of Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) operations globally. He also served as a forward air controller/air officer with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. He also served as the director White House Liaison Office for Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). He is an airline transport pilot (ATP) airplane multiengine, commercial and instrument rotorcraft–helicopter, and flight and instrument (CFI/CFII) airplane instructor. Michael retired from the USMC and is currently the founder of SafeHelipad Software Systems and M3 Partners.

James Edmunds (USMC Retired) is an accomplished US naval aviator who is qualified in 12 type model series military and civilian aircraft. During his assignment as a CH-53E helicopter pilot, James flew numerous missions in support of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He also served as the executive officer and presidential pilot at Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). He spearheaded the modernization efforts to replace the VH-3D Presidential aircraft with the VH-92Aand replace the obsolete C-9B with the Boeing C-40A.

Chris Andres (USCG retired) is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering/naval architecture who served as a naval aviator for more than 20 years. He also received a master’s degree in quality systems management from the National Graduate School. Chris previously worked for Oracle Corp. for five years as a business development consultant supporting North America sales. His current role is with SafeHelipad software systems leading business development.

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