Terry Kohler Cybersecurity Aviation Symposium educates pilots, lawyers on dangers

The Terry J. Kohler Aviation Cybersecurity Symposium on Wednesday pulled together pilots, lawyers and other aviation professionals to create awareness and training around issues of aviation safety and cyber-security.

“Terry would have absolutely loved and endorsed what is happening here at the Aviation Heritage Center this morning,” Jon Helminiak, former executive director of the Aviation Heritage Center who is writing a biography on Terry Kohler, said. “Terry was an entrepreneur, he was a forward-thinking business man, and one of his many hats – and believe me Terry had many passions – was technology, computers, security, and the types of subject matter we are discussing this morning.”

Jeff Kohler, a nephew of the late Terry Kohler, began the symposium, in part, to honor his uncle’s lifelong commitment to aviation and technology innovation.

Terry Kohler, who died in September last year, was an entrepreneur with a passion for using technology as a tool to create new industries and markets, but was a man who was aware of the security implications surrounding technology, Jeff Kohler said.

The goal is to turn the symposium into an annual event that draws aviation professionals to Sheboygan.

The symposium Wednesday covered topics ranging from legal implications of cyber security related to terrorism, a pilots perspective to in-flight hacking and contingency planning and safety measures a pilot needs to be prepared for in the event of a computer malfunction.

Jeff Kohler said he hopes the ongoing lecture series will eventually attract an aerospace manufacturer to Sheboygan County.

“We want an event that creates a community of corporate partners that will eventually sponsor new aviation safety and security technologies,” Jeff Kohler said. “My major goal is to bring a major aerospace manufacturer to Sheboygan County by doing that.”


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