Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens

C. Bruce Stephens
Biography: C. Bruce Stephens is an FAA DER/EUM in the areas of EME, HIRF, Lightning, Fuel Systems, Structures and EWIS. His aircraft certification experience includes Beechcraft Starship, King Air, Bonanza, Baron, Hawker 4000, Hawker 800XP, Premier 1, JPATS, Learjet Model 45/75, Cessna Citation Latitude, and military projects related to Boeing 707, 737, 747, 767 KC-46A Tanker, and 777. Stephens continues to work on Part 27 and 29 rotorcrafts (MH139 Grey Wolf), and space vehicle certification projects. He has assisted several smaller companies with FAA EME certification projects and is interested in the certification requirements related to new EVTOL Aircraft. Stephens enjoys mentoring new FAA delegates and instructing several courses he has developed for The University of Kansas Aerospace Short Course program. These courses include HIRF, Lightning, EWIS, EZAP, DO-160, Fuel Systems, Introduction to EME, and EME Aircraft Testing/Certification. Stephens has been a Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt consultant with experience in both aircraft and copper mining process improvement. He has instructed over 25 college courses, most being MBA level, including MBA Statistics, MBA Business Management, MBA Operations Management, MBA Six Sigma/Lean Production Management, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma/Lean Black Belt and Green Belt. Universities Stephens has instructed at include Webster University, Friends University, Embry Riddle University, Southwestern College, Newman University and The University of Phoenix. He has an executive M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Friends University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Wichita State University.

Courses taught by this instructor:
Aircraft Lightning: Requirements, Component Testing, Aircraft Testing and Certification
Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) and FAA Requirements
Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness Using Enhanced Zonal Analysis Procedure (EZAP)
Introduction to Electromagnetic Effects (EME)
Introduction to High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF)
Introduction to 25.981 - Fuel Tank Safety and Ignition Prevention
RTCA DO-160 Qualification: Purpose, Testing and Design Considerations
RTCA DO-160 Qualification: Purpose, Testing and Design Considerations (online)

Classes by this instructor


This course provides details for direct and indirect effects of aircraft lightning testing and certification. Requirements for both composite and metallic aircraft, including proper RTCA/DO-160 classifications, are examined. The course will also include a high-level overview of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), Precipitation Static (P-Static) and Electrical Bonding requirements. The new requirements of Electrical Wiring and Installation System (EWIS) and Fuel Tank Safety (14 CFR 25.981 Amd. 102) will also be addressed.
April 8-12, 2024, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport Southcenter
This course discusses the concepts of aircraft ground and flight testing that may be required to ensure that aircraft level systems are safe for operation when exposed to the effects of electromagnetic effects (EME), high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), lightning, precipitation static (P-static), and transmitting personal electronic devices (TPEDs).
October 14-18, 2024, B Resort Hotel Orlando
This course will provide participants with an understanding of electromagnetic effects related to aircraft engineering requirements, FAA certification requirements, testing requirements for both DO-160 bench testing and aircraft level testing related to EMC/P-Static/ESD/TPED's/HIRF/EWIS and lightning.
September 16-20, 2024, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley