August SIM Houston Member Monthly Meeting

Cleared for Takeoff!!  Technology and Security in the Aviation Industry

Tuesday, August 20 2019 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Please join SIM Houston on August 20th to hear a special panel discussion featuring Chris “Flash” Richardson, COO Lone Star Flight Museum and former US Air Force fighter pilot, and Keith Turpin, CISO Universal Weather & Aviation.  You will learn about the technology and security in the modern aircraft from both an aircraft operators and cybersecurity professional’s perspective.  During this panel discussion, moderated by Ken Piddington, you will learn about technology and security challenges in aviation and how relatable they are in all industries:

  • How technology advances are impacting aviation and how the technology in the aircraft is overloading the operator

  • Challenges and misalignment between technology developers and the aircraft operators

  • Security management challenges with the expansion of technology in the aircraft

  • The Flying Starbucks – providing all the entertainment and technology services expected by the passengers while still addressing passenger privacy and aircraft security


Additionally, you’ll learn about the STEM education programs being offered by Lone Star Flight museum.


Lone Star Flight Museum will be giving away a free flight on a 1940's era bi-plane, the Boeing PT-17 Stearman!


  • Keith Turpin, CISO & Head of Global Infrastructure, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

  • Chris “Flash” Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, Lone Star Flight Museum

  • Ken Piddington, CIO, SGR Energy – Moderator

Keith Turbin

CISO and Head of Global Infrastructure at Universal Weather and Aviation

Speaker Bio – Keith Turpin:

Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Global Infrastructure at Universal Weather and Aviation, a billion-dollar, international aviation services company operating 50 locations in 20 countries.

  • Former Cyber Security Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company leading International IT Security Operations, Supply Chain Security, Software Security and Enterprise IT Risk.

  • Former U.S. delegate to the International Standards Organization's Cyber Security Sub-Committee.

  • Speaker at Blackhat, BSides, AppSec USA, and the National Software Assurance Forum.

Graduate of the FBI CISO Academy at Quantico.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering and M.S. Computer Systems

Certifications: CISSP, CSSLP, CRISC and NSA Certified Infosec Assessor

Speaker Bio – Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson is a retired U. S. Air Force Colonel and the Chief Operating Officer of the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport.  The museum relocated from its original home in Galveston in September of 2017.  Chris took over as the COO in May of 2018.

His duties include oversight of all aspects of the daily operations of the museum including facility management, guest services, education and outreach, volunteer coordination, facility rentals and event management, curatorial, and flight operations.

As an Air Force pilot, Colonel Richardson led combat missions in both the Combat and Mobility Air Forces in support of operations in Southwest Asia. He commanded the 85th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas and served as the Director of Operations of the 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S. C. His staff tours include service as an F-22A Program Element Monitor at Headquarters Air Force (The Pentagon), and as the Inspector General of Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Randolph AFB, San Antonio. He retired in 2014 with 27 years of military service.  He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours in the F-15, F-16, C-17, T-6 and T-38C aircraft, receiving honors including two Legion of Merit medals, six Meritorious Service medals, two Air Medals and five Air Force Commendation medals.


Following retirement Chris and his family relocated to Las Vegas NV where he worked for Lockheed Martin as an F-35 Subject Matter Expert and Simulator Instructor.  He also founded CC Rich Consulting, Inc. in Las Vegas, where he applied his Air Force operational leadership experience to advise businesses on strategies for operational success. Colonel Richardson is a graduate of Pasadena High School and the University of Notre Dame. His wife, Sheila, and family now call Friendswood home.

Chris Richardson

COO of Lone Star Flight Museum


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