SMTA International Conference and Exhibition

Keynote Presentation

The World's Most Advanced Fighter Jet Helmet - from Development and Production to the Fight

Helmet Mounted Display System for the F-35 Fighter Jet

Tuesday, October 16 | 8:00am - 10:00am

FREE to All Attendees!

Don't miss this dual keynote presentation from Rockwell Collins and Lockheed Martin to discuss the design, development, and the pilot's perspective, of the revolutionary Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) for the F-35 Fighter Jet.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information displayed to the pilot through the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, continuing its 100-year history of aircraft research and design with the Lightning II. Rockwell Collins – ESA Vision Systems is the supplier of the HMD, the industry leader in development of helmet mounted display technology for the last 33 years. According to standard industry accepted economic forecasting, the F-35 is responsible for more than 125,000 direct and indirect jobs, making it the single largest job generator in the Department of Defense program budget. The Lockheed Martin F-35 program teams with more than 1,400 domestic suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft's mid fuselage. This exciting presentation will provide an overview of the development of the F-35 HMD, and how pilots use the unparalleled capabilities that the HMD provides.


Ron Heberlein

Ron Heberlein is a Pr. Program Manager at Rockwell Collins. He has led the design and development of military Helmet Mounted Display products since 2016, and started his work on the F-35 Helmet Mounted display program in 2012 as the lead mechanical engineer. Ron has been involved with electronics design and opto-mechanical design since 2003 and has worked on Head-Up Displays, Enhanced Vision Sensors, and Helmet Mounted Displays for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream, Embraer, and Bombardier. Ron has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds patents in Heads-Up Display Alignment and Sensor Based Navigation Correction.


Tony Brick Wilson

Tony "Brick" Wilson was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and raised in New Port Richey, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1991 as a nuclear power technician and served aboard the fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764). Later, Tony was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program where he graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and earned his commission as an Ensign. Brick's operational military experience includes a combat tour in F/A-18Cs with VFA-87 where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and a department head tour flying F/A-18F with VFA-102 in the Far East. A graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology with a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and the United States Naval Test Pilot School as a member of class 132; Tony started his test career as the F-35 ship suitability project officer at VX-23’s Integrated Test Force. In June, 2016, having completed 25 years in the Navy, Tony transitioned to civilian life and joined Lockheed Martin as a test pilot where he supports both the F-16 and F-35 programs. He has flown over 20 different types of aircraft including an experimental British Sea Harrier, the U-2 and the MiG-15. Brick has the distinction of being the first aviator to execute a shipboard arrestment when he successfully landed the F-35C aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).



Congratulations to the 2017 SMTA International Conference Award Winners

Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Presentation
Solder Paste Qualification Testing for EMS Production
Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services

Best of Proceedings Paper
1st Place: Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Microstructure, Properties, and Reliability of Lead-Free Bismuth Containing Solder Alloys
Andre Delhaise, Celestica, Inc.

2nd Place: Moisture Effects in Common Solderable RF Connector Dielectrics Part II: Characterization of Damage Threshold Moisture Level for Moisture Sensitive Polymers
Jeff Jennings, Harris Corporation

3rd Place: Investigation of the Influence of Voids on the Reliability of Solder Joints by the Finite Element Method
Christian Schwarzer, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Best Student Paper
Effect of Cl2, NO2, RH and Temperature on Ag and Cu Corrosion in a Mixed Flowing Gas Chamber
Bo Yuan, Lam Research





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