Crashworthiness Technologies Webinar

Crashworthiness Technologies Webinar

This webinar highlights the work performed by Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the analysis of rotorcraft accident data and resources available at the FAA’s Civil Aero Medical Institute (CAMI) relative to occupant protection and survivability and shares some of the lessons learned from the use of improved seat harness systems in professional auto racing. Performance-based rules are enabling innovation in general aviation, and advancements in crashworthiness design and testing is one of those critical areas we can implement safety enabling innovation. Attendees will learn about all the great work advancing in this area.



10:30am ET GAMA Introductions & Background
10:40am ET Opening Remarks
10:50am ET Overview of CAMI Research and Resources – Amanda Taylor
11:15am ET Analysis of Rotorcraft Accident Data – Lee Roskop
11:40am ET Harness System Improvements and Lessons Learned – Trevor Ashline
12:05am ET Q&A
12:25pm ET Key Takeaways & Future Sessions
12:30pm ET Webinar Closing


Amanda Taylor, Research Engineer, Biodynamic Research Team, Protection & Survival Research Laboratory, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute

Amanda Taylor is a Research Engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aerospace Medical Institute’s Biodynamics Research Team conducting crash test research on seats and restraints systems. Ms. Taylor holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Central Oklahoma and Masters in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University. She has authored or co-authored several papers concerning the safety of aircraft seats and restraint systems.

Lee Roskop, Operations Research Analyst, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, Policy & Innovation Division, Federal Aviation Administration

Lee Roskop joined the FAA’s Rotorcraft Standards Branch in the Aircraft Certification Service in 2009.  He works in accident data analysis, safety outreach/promotion, and quantitative risk analysis. Lee is also the government co-chair of the safety analysis team for the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team. Prior to the FAA, he worked as an engineering specialist in accident data analysis for the flight safety department of a helicopter manufacturer.  Lee began his aviation career with a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1995 where he served as an instructor and evaluator pilot in the UH-1N and UH-1H until 2006.  Lee received his Master of Aeronautical Science in aviation/aerospace safety systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He completed his undergraduate degree in human factors engineering at the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated with military distinction in 1995.

Trevor Ashline, Vice President, Engineering & Product Development, Simpson Performance Products, Inc.

Dec 2010 to Present, VP of Engineering and Product Development, Simpson Performance Products
             Continued Development of Head Restraint Systems and Seat belts for the Racing industry as well as

2002 – Dec 2010, CEO / Owner, Safety Solutions, Inc., Mooresville, NC
             CEO of Racing Safety Company Specializing in  “Game Changing” Head Restraint Technology    
             Expert in High Speed Racing Safety Systems and Crash Survival
             Research, Development & Manufacture of Head Restraints, Seat Belts and Seating Systems

Dec 01 ~ Sept 04, Engineer / Program Manager, BSR ProductsConcord, NC
             Program Manager and Safety Engineer for Safety Initiative Program – for Race Cars
             Designed, Developed and Tested Safety Products as well as Safety Consultant & Lecturer for Sanctioning                     bodies, Race Teams and Customers.

1997 - Apr  99, Program Manager – Automotive Restraint Systems, Autoliv, NAAuburn Hills, MI
             Program Manager for Automotive Restraint Systems. Lead all aspects of new program and current production               programs for Seat belt restraint systems to multiple car lines.
                      - Lead Engineer for NASCAR Safety Program 2000 - 2001


11 Patents in the field of Head Restraints and Automotive Restraints
Safety Innovation Award: 
NCMA Safety Innovation Award Winner
USPTO Lecturer:  US Patent & Trademark Office lecture at the annual USPTO Technology Fair
Blue Origin Project:  Developed and sled tested Seat and Restraint System development                      
SAE Paper  2008-01-2969: Occupant Compartment Updates for Side to Side Vibration in a                                        Fuel Funny Car  (08MSEC-0121 / 2008-01-2969)
Eric Medlen Project:  Redesigned Nitro Funny Car Cockpit for John Force Racing & NHRA
SAE Paper 2004-01-3563: Investigating the effects of Anchor Pretensioners, Knee Bolster                                         Airbag and Seat Belt changes in an IRL Tub.                    
Earnhardt Investigation:  Worked as a Safety Consultant to NASCAR for Dale Earnhardt Accident
ASQC Certified Quality Technician       

1988~1991    BS Mechanical Engineering           Rochester Institute of Technology      Rochester, NY


September 29th, 2020 10:30 AM   through   12:30 PM