Cierva Named Lecture 2018

9 October 2018

No.4 Hamilton Place


18:00 - 19:00

The Rotorcraft Group's annual Cierva Named Lecture will this year be presented by Igor Cherepinsky, Director of Autonomy Programs, Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company.

The presentation will discuss the use of autonomy in current and future aircraft in concert with an onboard or offboard pilot/operator to greatly improve the safety and effectiveness of missions. Several use cases will be presented, where the use of autonomy greatly improves positive outcomes for a given mission. The presentation will also discuss challenges in certification as well as general approaches to certification.

Registration is open and is free to both members and non-members.

Speaker Details

Igor Cherepinsky, Director of Autonomy Programs, Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company


Igor Cherepinsky is the Director of Autonomy Programs at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company and line of business within the Rotary Mission Systems (RMS) business area. He is responsible for the development and integration of unmanned and optionally piloted vehicles.

Mr. Cherepinsky began his Sikorsky career in 1998 as a flight controls engineer on the BLACK HAWK (UH-60M) platform and has contributed to the development of several vital components seen on Sikorsky helicopters today – such as the advanced autopilot / flight director in production on the UH-60M as well as a Fly-By-Wire program used in many current Sikorsky helicopters.

Mr. Cherepinsky then went on to lead a multidisciplinary team that developed the MATRIX™ technology suite of autonomy hardware and software. MATRIX™ allows flexible crewing of rotorcraft and fixed wings, allowing the operators to select a concept of operations that flits the mission. The team also developed and built the S-76 Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft − a development and demonstration platform for the autonomy efforts.

Currently Mr. Cherepinsky and his team are working to transition the MATRIX™ technology to all Sikorsky platforms. This includes certifying MATRIX™ with both civil and military agencies.

Mr. Cherepinsky graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.


No.4 Hamilton Place

Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters

No.4 Hamilton Place