13 Thursday 13 December Named Lecture

Wilbur & Orville Wright Named Lecture 2012

From Afterthought to Afterburner: The Power of 21st Century Sustainment

Established to honour the successful and experienced mechanical engineers who completed the first successful controlled powered flight on 17 December 1903, the Wilbur & Orville Wright Lecture is the principal event in the Society’s year, given by distinguished members of the US and UK aerospace communities.

The 2012 Lecture was given by Tony Parasida, Corporate Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company.

View a transcript of the speech or listen to the audio recording on AeroSociety Podcast.



While airplane design and development get all the attention, a quiet revolution has transformed how aircraft are supported after delivery. Aircraft manufacturers are designing planes with life cycle support in mind and are reinventing how planes are maintained and upgraded. New innovations, tools and models are boosting aircraft availability, readiness and capabilities while reducing costs.

As governments around the world try to do more with less, this new approach to through life sustainment offers powerful solutions, and some of the most innovative work is taking place here in the UK.

Tony Parasida, Corporate Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company, will offer an insider's view of how Boeing partners with its customers to provide the best value-for-money capability from a 21st century sustainment approach.

This Lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society's General Medals & Awards at 18:00 hrs. Refreshments will be served from 17:30hrs and we expect the event to finish at approximately 19:30hrs.

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Tony Parasida, Corporate Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company


Tony Parasida has recently been appointed the Corporate Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company. 

Before joining Global Services & Support, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in 2009, Parasida spent three years as vice president and general manager for Surveillance and Engagement Systems within Boeing Military Aircraft.  Prior to that, Parasida was vice president of Maritime Systems.

Parasida joined Boeing in 1978 as a structures engineer on helicopter programs.  Since that time, he has held numerous jobs of increasing responsibility within aircraft design, Integrated Product Team leadership and program management, including program manager for the V-22 Osprey and vice president of F/A-18 Hornet programs.

Parasida holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in engineering management from Drexel University.



Event venue:
Royal Aeronautical Society,

No. 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ


When:Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:00 - 19:30

Type:Named Lecture

Speaker(s):Tony Parasida, Corporate Senior Vice Presdient, The Boeing Company

Location:Royal Aeronautical Society, view map

Related: 2012 Wilbur & Orville Wright Lecture - Transcript

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