Mr. Kent Hollinger is a Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation. In this capacity, he is involved in certification activities and in developing, implementing, and teaching Safety Management Systems (SMS) for foreign and domestic aviation service providers and governments. Since 2007 he has taught basic and advanced SMS classes to over 3,700 students from more than 50 countries. He authored the book Safety Management Systems for Aviation Practitioners: Real-World Lessons that was published in 2013 by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Hollinger was an important member of two Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) panels that produced Report 1: Safety Management Systems for Airports and Report 131: A Guidebook for Safety Risk Management for Airports.
Mr. Hollinger helped develop and implement the AFS SMS Pilot Program that involved numerous 14CFR Part 121, 135 and 145 operators in voluntarily implementing SMS prior to the creation of the SMS regulation 14CFR Part 5. He also assisted AIR with developing their SMS Pilot Program for 14CFR Part 21 Design and Manufacturing Organizations.
He also teaches classes covering DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, and served as a Working Group Co-Chair of the RTCA SC-200/ EUROCAE WG60 committee that produced the document DO-297/ED-124 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) Development Guidance and Certification Considerations.
Mr. Hollinger has a very broad and diverse background in aviation. His OEM experience includes General Electric Aircraft Engines where he led repair development on commercial engines, and Fairchild Dornier as Vice President of Technical Support. As Chief Engineer of Northwest Airlines and Vice President of Quality Assurance and Engineering at America West Airlines, he gained significant experience in airline operations. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Ohio.