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APT News 2015

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10/16/2015: A-P-T Research, Inc. Announces New Chief Executive Officer

A-P-T Research, Inc. announces the appointment of John R. Fellows as Chief Executive Officer effective November 16, 2015. 

He is currently the Vice President for Programs, DoD Agencies & Bureaus with oversight of SAIC’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Health Agency (DHA) and National Guard Bureau portfolios.  He also managed SAIC’s Missile Defense and Space Division providing programmatic and engineering support services to the Missile Defense Agency and Marshall Space Flight Center. 

Colonel Fellows retired from active military service in 2008 and immediately began employment with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Huntsville.  Colonel (Ret.) Fellows was commissioned a Field Artillery officer in 1986 and served in numerous field artillery operational and combat assignments prior to serving in multiple Acquisition Corps assignments.  He culminated his military career with 6 years as the Product and Project Manager of multiple X-band radar programs with the Missile Defense Agency.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Fellows of Mesa, Arizona and is married to the former Julia A. Watson of Katy, Texas.  They have three children, Katie Ashcroft (26), Aly Giles (24), and Kent Fellows (21). They also have 4 young grandchildren.


APT Founder, Tom Pfitzer (left) welcomes new CEO, Mr. John Fellows (right).


10/02/2015: ISSC 2015

APT is proud to have been a sponsor of this year’s International System Safety Conference in San Diego. Photos from the event are available here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/issc2015/


09/28/2015: APT Co-teaches the Development and Certification
of Complex Software Intensive Avionics Systems Course with
Adkins Global, LTD and UK Civil Aviation Agency

APT is pleased to announce that Leslie Alford, APT's senior airworthiness engineer, has agreed to co-teach the Development and Certification of Complex Software Intensive Avionics Systems with Adkins Global, LTD of the United Kingdom (UK) and the UK Civil Aviation Agency (CAA). 

This 40-hour course will be taught several times a year in the UK and other locations, as requested.  The course is designed as part of the University of the West of England's Master of Science in Aerospace and once accredited, will be the foundational training for the UK Ministry of Defence's engineering team.  On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of developing avionics systems and the associated certification and approval criteria including compliance against certification standards including ARP 4754/4754A and 4761, RTCA's DO-178B/C, DO-254, and DO-200B.
  • Apply tools, techniques, and processes that are pertinent to the development and certification of avionics systems.
  • Understand the assessment requirements for determining the criticality of avionics systems and to develop appropriate processes in accordance with the criticality of the avionics system and "system of systems."
  • To address System, Software and Complex Hardware architecture considerations appropriate to the criticality of the avionics system and "system of systems".
  • Understand the lifecycle criteria and development processes pertinent to the development of avionics, Systems, Software and Complex Hardware from requirements definition, design, implementation, and validation to subsequent certification.
  • Apply civil process in a military context / environment.

Leslie is the RTCA/DO-178C Executive Secretary in the Forum for Avionics Software (FAS) committee and has been a contributing leader of this since 1985.  Contributions have included the SAE E-36 committee CFR 33 update for data loading of engine controls.  Leslie has been acclaimed by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) with creating the Software Designated Engineering Representative (DER) authorization criteria and performing that role since 1987.  As a Software Civil and Military Technical Fellow with Boeing, she contributed to software engineering standards, policies, and training material; developed the official position on evolving software certification regulatory guidance; and was active in developing & documenting alternative certification approaches and the associated rationale and judgment.   She has been responsible for working with foreign certification agencies to resolve guidance interpretation issues affecting the certification approval of the Boeing 777.  Leslie has held certification credentials with the FAA, Canada, and the JAA (now EASA) prior to retirement and her move to APT.


09/18/2015: Community Foundation Summit on Philanthropy

APT sponsored and attended the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County’s 2015 Summit on Philanthropy – Building a Better Community.   APT congratulates this year’s Community Philanthropy Award recipients and thanks the Community Foundation for all they do for Huntsville and Madison County. To learn more about the Community Foundation visit: http://communityfoundationhsv.org/.


09/14/2015: APT Advocates Risk Summing Requirement for System Safety

At the recent 33rd International System Safety Convention in San Diego, Tom Pfitzer and Melissa Emery presented a proposal to the G-48 committee to add a new task titled “Total System Risk Analysis” into the ANSI System Safety Standard. A similar task is being offered for consideration to add in the next MIL-STD-882 update. The process and methodology for risk summing has been under development at APT since 2005, and is currently in use by a number of leading safety professionals. APT advocates that the time is now to include the practice as a part of nationally recognized best practices.


09/11/2015: S-MASS II Contract

NASA KSC exercised Option 3 of the Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services (S-MASS) II contract.  APT is looking forward to another exciting and challenging year at NASA KSC.


08/21/2015: APT Conducts IMESAFR Training in Norway

APT has recently worked with regulators and industry in Scandinavia to conduct a three-day training course on IMESAFR v2.0. Twenty students from Norway, Sweden, and Finland registered for the August class, which was held at Nammo’s facility in Raufoss. As regulators in all three countries are looking to update the way quantitative risk assessment (QRA) is used for explosives safety, IMESAFR is being evaluated, as it is now recognized as the industry standard in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.


06/29/2015: Hendrix Joins APT Staff

APT is pleased to announce that Barry Hendrix has joined the APT staff as a Principal System Safety Engineer. Mr. Hendrix is a senior member of the International System Safety Society, former President of the North Texas chapter, former Director of Member Services, and was awarded Manager of the Year in 2001. Prior to joining the APT team, he served as the Integrated Battlefield Command System (IBCS) System Safety Manager and Software Safety Leader at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control. Among other leadership positions, his career also includes serving as Technical Fellow, Principal Engineer for Aviation Safety & Airworthiness, System Safety/Software Safety Manager on company aircraft product lines for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and as System Safety Engineering Team Lead for Airborne Interdiction Weapons at Texas Instruments and Raytheon. He has contributed to many Safety Standards including ANSI/GEIA-STD-0010-2009, Standard Best Practices for System Safety Program Development and Execution; MIL-STD-882E, Department of Defense Standard Practice System Safety; IEEE STD-1228, Standard for Software Safety Plans; and SA-18 Committee for Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARP).  He is on the G-48, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, and RTCA Committees. Mr. Hendrix will support special studies out of the SEAC and a variety of APT customers.


06/20/2015: A-P-T Research, Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary

APT 25th AnniversaryA-P-T Research, Inc. has achieved its 25th year in business and is celebrating with two events for employees, their families, and guests. To kick off this momentous anniversary, a picnic was held at APT’s headquarters in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, June 20, 2015. A second celebration will be held for APT’s Florida employees at Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral on June 27.

Starting with just a handful of employees in 1990 in Huntsville, APT has grown over 25 years to over 130 employees located all over the United States, supporting more than 50 government and commercial customers.  APT provides professional engineering services in a variety of disciplines including systems engineering, risk assessment and analysis, test planning, range safety, system safety, software system safety, explosives safety, industrial and quality engineering, quality assurance, and mission assurance.


05/07/2015: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Grants Variance Based on IMESAFR

IMESAFRAPT recently prepared a Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) study using IMESAFR 2.0, which was used by a commercial explosives manufacturer to seek a variance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for an explosives facility in the United States.  ATF approved this variance request, which marks the first time the American Table of Distances (ATD) requirement has ever been waived based on a QRA study. IMESAFR is commercially available [APT Research, Inc. | Products | IMESAFR] and APT offers consulting services if needed.

IMESAFR


Tom Pfitzer

02/20/2015: Company President Re-elected as Chair of the Launch and Re-entry Safety Committee of IAASS

In October, Company President, Tom Pfitzer, was re-elected for a three year term as the Chair of the Launch and Re-entry Safety Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). This Committee of international range safety experts prepares and publishes analyses and policy recommendations on the safety issues of protecting the public from the hazards of launch and reentry. The Association also holds an advisory seat at the United Nations (UN).


01/27/15: APT, the DOT’s First Designated FCA

fireworksBefore attempting to transport any explosives within or into the U.S., with certain exceptions, they must be submitted to a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved explosives testing laboratory to be tested and assigned a recommended shipping description and hazard class/division. The laboratory then submits a report to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) where the explosive is approved and issued a DOT classification approval number (EX number). One exception is that Division 1.3 or 1.4 fireworks may be classed, approved, and offered for transportation without prior laboratory examination if the item conforms to the requirements of American Pyrotechnic Association APA Standard 87-1. The approval process can take up to 120 days or more to obtain a classification for the firework.

Effective August 15, 2013, PHMSA established an alternative to the approval process for Division 1.4G consumer fireworks. Now, firework manufacturers may submit applications directly to a DOT-approved Fireworks Certification Agency (FCA) instead of applying to PHMSA. APT was the first explosives testing laboratory to be designated as an FCA by the DOT. As an FCA, APT is authorized to review and certify that division 1.4G consumer fireworks conform to the requirements of the APA Standard 87-1 (UN0336) based on test and criteria prescribed in 49 CFR § 173.65. APT’s commitment to our customers is to issue every certification as quickly as possible – measured in hours, not months. In an effort to continually improve our customers’ level of satisfaction and the speed with which we can respond to customer requests, we will soon offer the ability to quickly and securely enter information and process all transactions right on our website at www.fireworkscertification.com.

FCA Letter

For more information on the FCA process, please visit our website www.fireworkscertification.com

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