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.
Great Lakes Section Supports University of Dayton Aircraft Design Contest
On Saturday, 9 April 2016, the Great Lakes Section of Society of Experimental Test Pilots supported a University of Dayton hosted IT FLIES aircraft design competition for students using their engineering flight simulator. The Society of Experimental Test Pilots provided three test pilots, members Frank Delong, Gary Konnert and Sean Polete, to evaluate the handling qualities of the student designs in the Merlin engineering simulator. The local Society of Flight Test Engineers provided a judge for the associated presentation portion of the competition. The volunteers helped support this exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math educational initiative and inspire budding aeronautical engineers. This international contest was held at the University of Dayton (UD) campus' Kettering Labs building with contestants from not only the local university, but the University of Manchester, England as well. The program started around 9 AM at the UD Kettering Lab with graded student presentations and went most of the day. Between the student presentations the volunteers conducted a simulator flight evaluation of each team’s model . The teams briefed the pilots on their aircraft’s operations and configurations. Throughout the day approximately 6 simulator evals were accomplished. The models ranged from clean sheet designs of forward swept wing fighters to light sport aircraft to helicopters to existing designs such as the Hawker Sea Fury. Each simulator flight eval lasted about 20 minutes. Afterwards the Test Pilot provided a personal de-brief with the team on their model’s handling qualities. This gave the students their first exposure to working in a flight test team environment. The actual simulator evaluations and real time evaluator comments were observable by all the contestants through a visual/audio hook up into the presentation room. The students were highly enthusiastic and motivated by the competition and chance to talk their design over with actual test pilots and engineers. The winners this year were the forward swept wing fighter and medium helicopter designs from the University of Manchester. The chapter has supported this competition for the last five years and always has a great time talking aviation and inspiring future engineers.
Martin-Baker Reception - 12 July 2016
For those attending the Farnborough International Air Show (FIAS 2016), Martin-Baker has, again, graciously offered to host an SETP Reception.
Please note that if you do not confirm your attendance in advance, you will not be allowed entrance into the Reception.
SETP at LA County Air Show
On March 19-20 this year the LAC County Air Show was held at William J Fox Airport, Lancaster. The theme of this show was the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack with the Blue Angels as main performance. Great flight demonstrations were given by the Northrop N9MB flying wing, the Tora Tora Tora demonstration team, and a variety of historical and aerobatic planes.
SETP performed on the ground with a booth in the STEM tent. A highly committed group of SETP members volunteered to spend their weekend day off at the the booth and talk about flight test with air show visitors. Special attention was given to kids providing instructions about learning how to fold a paper plane and experiment with flying qualities. We hope we inspired the younger generations to find their future in flight test!
I’d like to thank Slinger, Karl, Cap, Laz, Yardman, Pel, Sasquatch, and Rost for helping out at the air show and representing our Society during the air show.
Maj Martin “Sjeng” Vandepol
Royal Netherlands Air Force
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