The WAPA Board wanted to acknowledge the national tragedy in Las Vegas while reminding you to PLEASE complete your reservations/registration for WAPA Conference. Hotel reservations must be made by TOMORROW, October 6 to guarantee your rate.

We urge everyone to take a few minutes today to hug your loved ones and be quietly grateful if you were not directly affected by this terrible crime. Reach out to any folks whose life will never be the same after this event. Thank with voice and heart the folks on the scene and first responders who did so much in the face of danger and unbearable tragedy. If you are one of the many hurt and suffering – please know we all stand with you and support you.

Thank you all for taking the time to register and attend! We look forward to meeting you all in November.

Hi WAPA Supporters and Sponsors! We hope you have all had a busy and profitable 2017. We are happy to announce the :

2017 Worldwide Aircraft Propeller Association Conference November 12-14, 2017 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand!

Hi All:

Thanks for the out-pouring of support on the upcoming 2017 WAPA Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nov 12-14! Our schedule is VERY abbreviated due to the short time before the meeting – please act today to guarantee your rooms at the WAPA rate!

MGM Grand

3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
MGM Grand Website
Group Code: Worldwide Aircraft Propeller Association
Booking Code: GWAP1117MG

Please make your reservations on or before October 6, 2017!

Below is the Conference Registration/Membership Form and Sponsorship Application.

If you call in – please use the name Worldwide Aircraft Propeller Association (not WAPA) to book your room. MGM Reservations is (800)929-1111 and the booking code for our rooms is GWAP1117MG.

If you want to make your reservation online then use

ALL reservations must be made by 06 October 2017 so please do not delay! Make your reservation today and cancel later if you change your mind about attending. Just know we will miss you if you can not attend and you’ll be missing out on all the great presentations.
Or you can send the attached registration form via email to Sam (moc.r1519289148ellep1519289148orpna1519289148villu1519289148s@mas1519289148) or fax to (510)264-9162.

Meeting Agenda

Sunday, 12 November 2017

6:00 – 9:00pm Conference Registration and Cocktail Party hosted by WAPA

Monday, 13 November 2017

6:30am – 8:30am MT Propeller Big Breakfast to kick-off the conference!

7:30am – 9:00am Gerd Muehlbauer, MT Propeller Product Support – review new STC’s and installations, technical publications, customer support issues, field service and overhaul processes. Discussion with questions and answers period to follow.

Gerd Muehlbauer is CEO, Owner, President, Founder and General Manager of MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH, Atting, Germany, BS Mechanical Engineering. Gerd is the founder of MT Propeller and engineered MT’s early prop designs. He, personally, designed at least 50 different props for MT Propeller, most of which are certified. Gerd launched MT Propeller in 1981. Gerd also owns AVIA Propeller, a company established in 1919, purchased 1999 from Hamilton Standard. This company makes only metal propellers and governors.

9:00am – 10:00am Leon Stewart, APSCO – parts distribution and information for all product lines including service specifics for Ontic (Woodward) Reciprocating Governors and parts.

Leon Stewart is VP Business Development and Sales, APSCO for the last 4 years, 40 years in aviation (both military and commercial markets) with roles in maintenance, production, quality, technical management, engineering, program management, business development and sales. Stewart has held executive level positions at MRO and OEM distribution companies. He is a BS Aviation Management and Mathematics from Air Force Institute of Technology, A&P, Member Society of Logistics Engineers and Master Black Belt in Six Sigma/LEAN.

10:00am – 11:00am Action Aero, Bailey Propeller Parts & Falcon Insurance sponsored break. 15 minutes, TBA.

10:00am – 10:15am Mark Mathews, WAPA Board member – welcomes everyone to Las Vegas.

10:30am – 12:00pm Glenn Gathright, Sarah Hughes, OAK FSDO, FAA Safety Team – Promoting safety processes and knowledge base in repair stations and for the field.

Glenn Gathright is FAASTeam Program Manager, Oakland FSDO, Aviation Safety Inspector, A/W, Gathright has been with FAA Flight Standards 22 years. Sarah Hughes is FAASTeam Program Manager, Oakland FSDO, Aviation Safety Inspector, Ops, FAA Flight Standards.

12:00pm – 1:00pm Hartzell Propeller – welcomes WAPA Members to the American Southwest with a regional lunch.

1:00pm – 3:00pm Dean Ward and Gary Chafin, Hartzell Propeller Product Support – review of installations, new and revised technical data, customer service update. Discussion with questions and answers to follow.

Dean Ward, Manager, Parts Distribution Group, Hartzell Propeller, Piqua, OH. Ward has 30+ years with the Hartzell family, has been responsible for production, product support, quality and service, most recently served as a Manager of Customer Service at the Hartzell Service Center. Ward’s team is responsible for Aftermarket Sales and Customer Service, Forecasting, Export Compliance, Shipping and the Hartzell Service Center. His WAPA presentation consists of application specifics and known issues thereof. Ward has presented at WAPA conferences over 20+ years on specific
airworthiness issues, materials and parts changes, exporting issues, new processes, product information, inspection changes, and new or noteworthy items to Hartzell technical publications, etc.

Gary Chafin, Vice President of OEM Sales and Product Support, Hartzell Propeller, Piqua, OH. Chafin has 30+ years with the Hartzell family, worked in factory repair, airline support, and product support groups before taking the helm of OEM sales. Chafin is also a former USAF Crew Chief, Private Pilot, Propeller Repairman and experimental aircraft builder.

2:30pm – 4:00pm Hoffman Propeller, Propeller Parts Market & Reliance Machine sponsored break. 15 minutes, TBA.

3:00pm – 4:30pm Danny Ball, Textron Aviation-McCauley Engineering – review of design fundamentals and elements of certification.

Danny Ball is the Lead for Engineering Advance Design “Blackworks” Group at McCauley Propeller Systems, 17 years industry experience, B.S., AerospaceEngineering, Wichita State University. The Blackworks group specializes in short duration product and process development including several active military and general aviation aircraft propeller applications. Ball is responsible for design and testing of all special missions and contract propeller systems in addition to preliminary design for 14 CFR Part 35 FAA certified propeller systems in use on active piston and turboprop aircraft programs. He has extensive technical knowledge of propeller design, manufacture, and FAA/EASA regulatory certification and nominated three times for the Textron Chairman’s Award for Innovation and twice selected as a Cessna finalist for the Innovation Award. Ball has led internal composite propeller development and testing efforts while at McCauley and holds two U.S. Patents for composite propeller systems. Ball represents McCauley in propeller accident investigations led by NTSB and foreign safety authorities, performs accident propeller teardowns, deposition and trial testimony as an expert on propellers and propulsion systems. Before McCauley, Ball worked as a propulsion systems engineer at Cessna with design responsibility for Citation Jet fuel systems and engine installations. Ball is an active pilot and holds both an FAA Pilot’s license and a FAA Mechanic’s License.

4:30pm – 5:30pm Molly Stibaner and Ken Heath, Goodrich – installations, technical publications, customer support issues, field service processes. Discussion with questions and answers period to follow.

7:00pm – 11:00pm Goodrich Conference Banquet!

Molly Harrington Stibaner, Product Support Engineer, UTC Aerospace, Uniontown, Ohio. BS Electrical Engineering Ohio Northern Univ. Stibaner’s technical knowledge and customer support background provide a unique position to educate and train across the student spectrum. Stibaner bridges the gap between the highly technical and real world answers for a complex product.

Ken Heath, Business Development Manager, UTC Aerospace, Uniontown, Ohio. BA, AA Business Management and Mass Communication Univ. of Akron. Heath has an extensive background in product strategy. Heath manages product processes from implementation of new product lines with OEM’s, STC’s and PMA’s to sales and marketing through training, regulatory, and inventory control. Heath has significant background in the Goodrich line of deicer products utilized in GA, business, regional and commercial aviation. Simply put, there is very little Goodrich product support and placement that Heath has not participated in over his almost ten years with UTC Aerospace.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

7:00am – 8:30am McCauley Propeller Systems Rise & Shine Breakfast.

8:00am – 10:00am Chris Bell, Sandra Mills and Randy Tener, McCauley Propeller Systems – installations and STC’s, technical review, customer support issues, field service and overhaul information, order processing, warranty claims, etc.

Chris Bell is the senior propeller Field Service Engineer for Textron Aviation. His responsibilities include technical support for all McCauley aluminum and composite fixed pitch, constant speed piston and turboprop propellers. In addition, propeller governing, deicing, synchronizing, and synchrophasing systems. Bell supports everything propeller related in the entire Textron Aviation realm. Bell also provides input for new propeller designs and aircraft applications. Bell has worked for BF Goodrich, Aircraft Wheel and Brake division as a Service Engineer supporting Beech, Bombardier (Canadair, DeHavilland and Learjet), Embraer, Fairchild, and the Space Shuttle. At Goodrich Bell’s responsibilities included the technical support of wheel and brake assemblies for existing aircraft applications, the certification testing of new apps. and certified materials to replace asbestos. Bell has 25+ years industry experience, AS Aviation Maintenance Technology, BS in Aircraft Engineering Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. Bell also holds an FAA A&P Mechanics license.

Sandra (Sandy) Mills, Sales and Business Development Manager for McCauley Propeller Systems a Division of Textron Aviation, Inc. A graduate from Wichita State University and Southwestern Collage with over 30 plus years in Aviation, 12 years with McCauley. Under McCauley, Mills is accountable for the direct interface with customers with her primary functions including: Domestic and International Sales, Business Development for OEM’s, TC’s, STC’s and ASF’s, in Commercial, Military and General Aviation. Other functions include Contracts, Program Management and account management. Before McCauley, Mills was employed by Boeing for 18+ years, as Environmental Engineer representing the Wichita Aviation sector on the Clean Air Act in Washington D.C. and moved to Production Management over nacelles. Mills also held positions with Bombardier/ Montreal as Supply Chain.

Randy Tener, Inside Sales Representative McCauley Propeller Systems a Division of Textron Aviation, Inc. Handles direct interface with all domestic and international customers for Commercial, Military and General Aviation Sales. Primary functions include building customer relationships, identifying customer needs, and responding to questions/opportunity. Tener also develops productive interface relationships with internal organizations including warehouse operations, strategic planning, and aftermarket customer service. Tener was born and raised in aviation, and has a passion for aviation and flying. Tener started working line services at a local FBO before moving into part services with a focus on customer service. Tener was employed with Cessna for the last 12 years specializing in support of piston and turbine aircraft.

9:30am – 10:30am Diagnostic Solution & J-PacNW sponsored break. 15 minutes, TBA.

10:00am – 11:00am Neil Seamon, Diagnostic Solutions International LLC. Presenting technical aspects of dynamic balance on reciprocating and turbine propeller applications. Developments in tools, calibration and programmable solutions for your dynamic balance equipment.

Neil Seamon, Diagnostic Solutions International, LLC. Seamon is the manager for Customer Product Support and Field Service Engineering. Seamon has over 20+ years experience combining mechanical, rotor track and balance, avionics, and vibration data analysis on a variety of different aircraft applications in both civilian and government/defense markets.

11:00am – 12:00pm Mike O’Neil, Aeroscan, System updates, new programming and improvements for Aeroscan precision equipment.

1:00pm – 3:00pm David Arms, QC/NDT Equipment and Level III NDT – review of MAG, DyePen and Eddy Current disciplines. Improving detection probability, tools, calibration and new issues from field service. Discussion with questions and answers to follow.

David Arms, Certified NDT Level 3 through The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) in Visual, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Ultrasonics, Eddy Current and Radiography methods with over 30 years experience. Arms is a FAA Certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot. Arms is known for his strong inspection, training and procedure development skills. In addition, Arms has authored and presented technical papers for FAA, ASNT, ATA and AWS organizations.

2:30pm – 4:00pm Aeroscan sponsored break with snacks. 15 minute break TBA.

3:00pm – 5:00pm WAPA Business Meeting open to all members followed by the WAPA Board Meeting open to directors only.

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