Reliability and Safety in Electric Aviation: How Safe is "Safe Enough?"

John Gantt, Rolls-Royce

Over the last 100 years, Rolls-Royce has provided propulsion and power systems for some of the most iconic vehicles in history. Our world is now trending toward electrification which requires the development of cutting-edge electrical technology and integration with our strong mechanical history. This presentation will look at where this trend is taking Rolls-Royce and how reliability and product safety are a key part of this new chapter in our history. We will also explore how the paradigm shift in personal air transportation challenges our expectation of what is “safe enough.”

About the speaker
John is a Safety & Reliability Technical Specialist with Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the Safety Lead for the M250 Hybrid Propulsion System project and serves as a safety, reliability and life-cycle cost consultant for Rolls-Royce programs world-wide. John previously supported the Trent 1000-TEN, AE 2100 and M250 engine programs and served as the System Safety Lead for the AE 1107 engine which powers the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. John is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. John resides with his wife and four children in Greenwood, Indiana.