Distributed Leger Technology or Blockchain (DLBc) is a decentralized data system that maintains and records data such that multiple stakeholders can confidently share authorized access to vetted information. There has been significant interest from industry and government to utilize. There has been research and investments in testing the technology to address many issues costing the A & D communities. Government legislators, policy makers and agencies are exploring the merits of the Blockchain for securing supply chains, raising transparency of material provenance, and verification of contractual terms. There are efforts of new entrants and private firms to create industry consortiums for creating standards for Aerospace Blockchain rules. In May, The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) published a whitepaper articulating the value of the technology and need for AIA to take a leading role to maximize that value the industry. https://www.aia-aerospace.org/report/blockchain-in-aerospace/]. The technology can address issues that are of high concern to A & D, such as: Material Provenance Counterfeit Parts, Tamper proofing, and supply chain security. There is a need for an organization (consortium) comprised of enough stakeholders creating a minimum viable ecosystem (MVE), broad engagement enough to define and leverage the value DLBc brings to the community. Our Industry’s MVE includes the DoD, FAA, NASA, Industry Representative(including suppliers), other associations and international boundaries. This consortium will have the means to shape the technology through collaboration and standardization within our community. This presentation will share the lessons learned and share how we are tracking Standards development that impacts our industry.
Vice President for Technical Operations and Standards
Aerospace Industries Association
Rusty Rentsch is Vice President for Technical Operations and Standards, supporting the AIA Technical Operations Council and the AIA Standards Program. Rentsch is responsible for facilitating the priorities and objectives of Council and its committees that supports a healthy U.S. Aerospace and Defense industrial base; and, advocating for programs, policies, and investments that promote innovation and technology in the U.S. aerospace and industrial community.
Rentsch has been with AIA for 15 years and over 10-years in both commercial and defense aerospace sectors. He held Technical Support Engineering and Commercial Support positions with Textron Lycoming, Messier-Services Inc., and Messier-Dowty. Additionally, Rentsch has several years of experience in product development and management in the telecommunications and logistics industries.
Rentsch chaired the American National Standards Institutes (ANSI) ISO Forum and has chaired the ISO Technical Committee 20 for Aircraft and Space Vehicles. Currently, Rentsch is leading AIA’s efforts to establish an A & D industry consortium for governing and promoting Blockchain/Distributed Ledger; expanding apprentices; and coordinating efforts with industry, academia and government stakeholders to create commonly accepted standards for Airworthiness Engineering Training. In his experience, Rentsch has represented the interests of the U.S. aerospace industry as a member of the AIA-ASD-ATA S1000D Council, the AIA-ASD Integrated Logistics Support Specification Council and the ANSI-H35 Committee for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys
Rentsch has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University.