Experience

AZC primary consultant, Storm Dunker, has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, his FAA Master Rigger license, is a D Licensed skydiver, and has since 1996 been working in the industries related to

  • Ram-air parachutes
  • Round parachutes
  • Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites

Storm Dunker has previously served in the capacity of both lead engineer and program manager for a number of US and foreign government programs for Airborne Systems. Much of his experience has been centered around parachute research and development, manufacturing design, instrumentation, and earlier, packing, rigging, and sewing. From these experiences, Storm had demonstrated competence in all facets of parachute and recovery systems testing and has helped to achieve numerous FAA and DoD system certifications.

Storm is an active member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Aerodynamic Decelerators Systems (ADS) Technical Committee, the Parachute Industry Association (PIA), the PIA Parachute Standards Committee (PSC), and the United States Parachute Association (USPA). He is also an avid skydiver, kitesurfer, and tunnel flyer. His combined skill-sets represent a healthy balance between engineering diligence and hands-on know-how. Some of his publishing’s include the following:

  • Airborne Wind Energy, Advances in Technology Development and Research, Chapter: ‘Tether and Bridle Line Drag in Airborne Wind Energy Applications’, Springer, 2018 (Pdf available here)
  • U.S. Patent Pending #US20170121026A1, ‘Parachute Slider with Stiffening Elements’ (Link)
  • U.S. Patent #7,648,105, ‘Deployment Brake Release for Precision Aerial Delivery System’ (Link)
  • AIAA-2016-0744, ‘Flight Analysis of an Autonomously Navigated Experimental Lander for High Altitude Recovery’, AIAA SciTech, San Diego, CA, 2016 (Link)
  • AIAA-2015-2121, ‘Guided Parafoil High Altitude Research (GPHAR), Flight from 57,122 ft’, 23rd AIAA ADS Conference, 2015 (Link)
  • AIAA-2015-2154, ‘Low Drag Lines: Experiments in Line Vibration and Associated Drag for Kites’, 23rd AIAA ADS Conference, 2015 (Link)
  • Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) Handbook, Chapter: ‘Ram-Air Considerations for AWE’, Springer, 2013 (Pdf available here)
  • AIAA-2011-2534, ‘Scaling of the Enhanced Cross Planform’, 21st AIAA, ADS Conference 2011 (Link)
  • ‘Concept of Using Drogue Chutes as a Ship Decelerator System’, Waterside Security Conference 2010
  • AIAA-2009-2911, ‘Basic Design of a Repositioning Event’, 20th ADS Conference 2009 (Link)
  • AIAA-2007-2515, ‘30K Modularity Concepts’, 19th ADS Conference, 2007 (Link)
  • ‘Testing of the 30Klb Ram-air’, Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Symposium 2007
  • AIAA-2005-1626, ‘Development of a Low Cost 10,000 lb Capacity Ram-Air’, 18th ADS Conference, 2005 (Link)
  • AIAA-2005-7095, ‘The Dragonfly 4,500 kg Class Guided Airdrop System’, Infotech Conference, Arlington, VA, 2005 (Link)
  • ‘Joint Efficiency for Parachute Harnesses: Experimentations in Breaking Strengths and Wear Characteristics’, PIA Symposium 2001