Dick Spivey

Dick Spivey

Mr. Dick Spivey retired as Director of TiltRotor Business Development at Bell Helicopter Textron Inc in 2002 after 47 years at Bell. In that position he was responsible for marketing of the V-22 Osprey to the U.S. Government and for development and coordination of new business development strategy regarding V-22 and future variants, both military and civilian. In his earlier career at Bell he was Project Engineer on the 214 Super Huey sold to the government of Iran and was project Aerodynamicist on several of Bell’s advanced products that resulted in future production contracts. Dick returned to Bell as a consultant in 2002 until February 2006 and continued applying his expertise to advanced commercial and military VTOL concepts.

After his second retirement in 2006, he began working with the University of Notre Dame specializing in reducing drag and decreasing fuel consumption of ground vehicles. The technology used provides control of airflow to maintain un-separated flow around corners to reduce the drag of ground vehicles. He and Notre Dame share a patent for using this technology on trucks, SUVs, pickups, buses and other vehicles that experience poor cruise fuel efficiency due to aerodynamic drag.

From 2006 to 2008 he served as Vice President of Business Development for AVX Aircraft Co., a small helicopter company in Fort Worth, TX that is developing a fast, long range, small helicopter for civil and military use and is presently one of four contractors funded by the Army to propose a unique advanced compound helicopter as a candidate for the Future Vertical Lift program to replace the Blackhawk and Apache Helicopters.

In April 2009 he became the Director of the US Army’s AeroFlightDynamics Directorate (AFDD), an advanced technology arm of the Army Missile and Aviation Research and Development Command (AMRDEC). AFDD is co-located at Moffett Field, California with the NASA Ames Research Center. AFDD specializes in rotorcraft advanced technology in rotors, flight controls, human interface and advanced computing analyses to predict rotorcraft performance, airflow management, UAV autonomous operations, pilot workload and investigates and researches advanced configurations for future VTOL aircraft. Dick was instrumental in developing solutions for safe flight in Degraded Visual Environment and Autonomous Operations in mountainous terrain. He retired after four years in that position and is presently an aerospace consultant.

Dick lives in Angel Fire, NM with his wife Terry, and has several consulting efforts associated with advanced vertical lift aircraft. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has three US patents on rotorcraft design and airflow control.