In 1989 Mr. Kirkpatrick saw a niche in the defense industry for smaller, more competitive companies. He founded ICE in 1990, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing the industry’s highest quality simulation, instrumentation and test equipment. Charles has accumulated more than fifty years in the aerospace defense industry working for General Dynamics, Rockwell International, Northrop, Lockheed and North American Aviation/Rocketdyne on programs such as F16, B1, F5, OH56, F100, Gemini, Apollo, and Saturn 5, as well as miscellaneous “Black” programs.
Prior to forming ICE, Charles worked at McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company where he had the responsibility for directing the instrumentation department for flight test, ordinance test, the structures lab, and the advanced instrumentation development center. As a guest lecturer, Mr. Kirkpatrick has written and delivered several papers including “Onboard 1553 Mux Bus Recording Techniques” and “Rotating PCM for Helicopter Flight Data Acquisition." Mr. Kirkpatrick’s membership in numerous associations included the International Telemetry Conference (ITC) where he served as XVII Session Chairman.