Welcome to SETP
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.
December 2014, President's Message
As a reminder, SETP’s mission is to further advance aerospace science and engineering by promoting safety, communication and education in the design and flight test of aerospace vehicles and their related systems, to mentor rising generations and to be the world’s leading authority and source of history about the test pilot profession and the practice of test and evaluation of aerospace systems.
For 2015 the Society’s Board of Directors will strive to continue increasing the benefits and value that membership brings to all members by facilitating outstanding symposia and improving the ability to use the SETP website to research the latest lessons learned, flight test techniques and identify discipline experts. We are also taking new measures to ensure the Society remains fiscally viable and poised for the future. Membership is at an all-time high and this is being accomplished not by relaxing the rules but by a two-pronged approach that first ensures the qualifying criteria reflect our modern pilot-in-the-cockpit flight test industry and secondly by using local Section representatives to facilitate the application process. Similarly, the process for Fellow selection has been revamped to make it more equitable and less prone to cronyism.
To facilitate accomplishment of the SETP mission, the SETP Foundation was chartered as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to provide a means to make tax deductible contributions exclusively for the benefit of and to perform the functions of SETP. The Foundation retains and preserves the Society’s important historical data to include memorabilia, written and oral records, reports, photographs and other artifacts of historical significance relating to test pilots and our profession. It also furthers future flight test safety by reaching out to youth through multiple educational outreach programs.
But simply storing historical artifacts does little for the immediate needs of our membership; SETP needs a facility that allows the membership to access the historical documents and artifacts for research or mentoring. In that vein we have begun the fund raising process to move the SETP headquarters to a building that can properly support this mission.
And so I ask all of you to ask not what SETP can do for you but to ask what you can do for SETP. Please take the time to learn about the building campaign and pledge your part as we build for the Society’s future.
Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky
Mike Alsbury Memorial Fund
Michael (Mike) Alsbury, Test Pilot and Project Engineer for Scaled Composites, passed away on October 31, 2014 due to an anomaly during flight test. Mike was a husband, a father of two small children (ages 10 and 7), amazing friend and co-worker. Mike had worked with Scaled for over 15 years. This is a tragic loss that will leave a void in Mike’s family, the Scaled family, and the surrounding community for years to come. We would like to do anything we can to support Michelle and his two children.
This fundraiser is being managed by Mike's friends and co-workers at Scaled Composites.
SETP and AmazonSmile
SETP has just learned that Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). SETP has set up 2 links for our charitable organizations that you can choose the donation be made to when you purchase items through AmazonSmile. The links are listed below and we hope you will use them for future Amazon shopping. Thanks for your support!
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0188969 - Link for SETP Foundation
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2479396 - Link for Scholarship Foundation