Doug Shidler is a consultant specializing in industry and military vertical lift challenges with 37 years experience. Provide consulting services to both government and industry teams in vertical lift areas that include program management, business development, product support, strategic planning, and next generation technology applications. Prior to this role, he was responsible for development of the next generation high-speed medium lift helicopter in a partnership between Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeing Aircraft. The SB>1 Defiant™ will take the X2 Technology TM that was demonstrated and will be apply it in a military application. Prior to his current position, Doug was the Program Director for the S-97 Raider™ development program. The S-97 also leveraged the X2 Technology™ for Light Tactical Helicopter applications.
Doug joined Sikorsky Aircraft as an engineer in February 1984. He supported the development of the MH-60K Special Operations aircraft program in several capacities. He became the UH-60Q chief engineer, and then moved on to become the Chief Engineer for the BLACK HAWK Product Line. Doug became Director, Air Vehicle Design in April of 2000 and then promoted to the position of BLACK HAWK Program Manager in May 2002. In May 2006, Doug was assigned Vice President Marine Corps Programs. This included the VH Fleet, support of the CH-53D/E aircraft and the CH-53K Development Programs. In February 2008, Doug was assigned Vice President Army Programs, which included U. S. Army, Air Force, and International programs.
Doug received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1983. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UCONN, serves on the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering Advisory Board and Roger Williams School of Engineering Advisory Board. He received his MBA from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. He was the Connecticut Chapter President for Army Aviation Association of America for 13 years. In addition, Doug co-founded and mentored a local high school FIRST robotics program for 13 years.