Ryan Long & Steve Craft

Ryan Long, Manager of Simulation & Virtualization Services, The Boeing Company

Ryan Long has been employed by The Boeing Company for the past 14 years. Ryan came to Boeing after beginning his career at Vought Aircraft, starting in material management. Within the first year at Boeing he was asked to assist in simulation where he has been a crucial part in the development and growth of Boeing’s simulation organization. Ryan has served as Manager of Simulation and Virtualization Services for the past five years focusing on innovative customer solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Economics and Master of Science, Engineering Management Information Systems both from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Steve Craft, Program Development, Simulation & Virtualization Services, The Boeing Company

Steve Craft has been employed by The Boeing Company for over 20 years. Steve came to Boeing, rather Boeing came to him, after beginning his career at the McDonnell Douglas Company, starting on launch programs that never quite left the ground. Steve has been able to wear almost every hat in facilitating the advancement of Boeing simulator services, even inventing a few new ones. He has been fortunate to work on successful development programs across industry partners from NASA to Mumbai and is most grateful for the relationships developed over the years in the small simulation community and the opportunities it has afforded him to travel the globe. Steve currently serves in program development for Simulation and Virtualization Services.

Navigating a Cruise Ship in a Drag Boat Race

One hundred plus years of aviation history is wonderful; it’s 100 years of knowledge, experience, success, and challenges. However, for the oldest and largest of the industry players, decades or more of success comes with complacency and inertia – if this has been the recipe of success for 100 years why change? The aviation industry is complex and rewarding, touching so many aspects of earth and beyond. However, large players can be too heavy in historical practices and too slow for the modern environment.

The physical deliver of training is making an effort to modernize. The services and support infrastructure behind that training is steeped in methodologies shaped by the large manufacturers and airlines remaining after consolidation. We need to change the scheme to capture the flexibility and cost controls of modern startups without losing the lessons learned. We don’t have the luxury of time that we had in our “younger” days to get product to a customer or to keep a new employee from looking elsewhere. The volume has also changed dramatically making older practices inefficient. There were approximately five airlines in 1919, today there are 5,000; all of them requiring some form of training device support. This presentation will focus on internal operations of large businesses and the ability to speed up the bureaucracy and create an environment that empowers the contemporary employee to bring support and services up to the present, if not the future.