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Wasatch Chapter Meeting -- “Emerging Failure Mode Detection: Implementing FRACAS at Your Repair Depot” by Charlie Vono

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Join us in February as Charlie Vono shares an example of how the ICBM Program handled effectively the timely detection of new failure modes.

ATTENTION: We are concerned about the spread of coronavirus and want to ensure that chapter members and friends are safe and healthy. Beginning 3/23/2020 and until further notice, all chapter meetings will be held virtually ONLY due to coronavirus precautions. We will have no meetings at the Kihomac location.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner & Networking -- CANCELED
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. -- Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. -- Featured Speaker: “Emerging Failure Mode Detection: Implementing FRACAS at Your Repair Depot” by Charlie Vono

Virtual attendance information will be provided only to those who RSVP.


The central theme of sustaining complex systems is finding and mitigating risks in time to mitigate them. These risks are usually in the form of hard-to-see emerging failure modes. Charlie will discuss how his team collaborated with government-run ICBM Guidance Set depot repair to help in the timely detection of new failure modes. Left to their perfectly reasonable goals, repair depots will maximize efficiency, throughput, and productivity. Processes in support of these goals can make it hard to notice emerging system problems.

Professional Biography:

Charlie Vono

Charlie is a retired USAF colonel and retired aerospace manager with experience as an operator, systems engineer, and sustainer. He is a member of INCOSE, SAME, and AIAA. In AIAA, he is an associate fellow and distinguished lecturer. He has a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy and MS in Systems Management and Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of Air War College. In retirement, he speaks on his experiences as a USAF pilot and the concepts behind effective complex system sustainment. See more at his website:

Please contact Paul White, Chapter President, at 385-393-2137 or