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.
Department of Homeland Security Test and Evaluation Professional of the Year
DHS Awards Professional of the Year for Test and Evaluation to Troy Fontaine (AF)
09/04/2014 - The Office of Air and Marine is pleased to announce that Troy Fontaine, Director, Test and Evaluation is being recognized as the Department of Homeland Security Test and Evaluation Professional of the Year for his work on the Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA). Mr. Fontaine’s execution of maintaining flight test safety and operational mission effectiveness during the test and evaluation process of the MEA went above and beyond the call of duty.
Mr. Fontaine skillfully coordinated, oversaw, and spearheaded the formulation and execution of the Test Plan and Operational Test Readiness Review process for the MEA program - a DHS Level I Acquisition Program for U.S Customs and Border Protection. The program’s goal is to procure an aircraft capable of land, maritime and air-to-air interdiction missions, as well as use as a logistical transport of cargo and tactical teams.
When the CBP Commissioner ordered an early deployment of the first MEA aircraft to the Southwest Region, the OAM Executive Director, Operations tasked Mr. Fontaine to lead the effort to make the aircraft operationally ready. Within a 7-day span, his test team deployed to the contractor’s facility and flew numerous acceptance sorties and operational missions along the southwest border. The initial deployment of this aircraft produced valuable test data and resulted in 77 arrests and the seizure of 3,167 pounds of contraband. Focused testing continued on the next
3 aircraft in development, and the results compiled in a report which was more than 200 pages and briefed at the highest levels. Today, seven aircraft are in service, operating off of both U.S. coasts, with three more in the production line.
Mr. Fontaine’s accomplishments with the MEA program illustrates his professionalism, dedication and expertise. This prestigious award is a testament to his many years as a professional military test pilot and program manager. OAM is proud of his achievements and congratulates him on this honor.
Assistant Commissioner Randolph D. Alles and Mr. and Mrs. Fontaine at the awards ceremony.
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
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE FLIGHT TEST MUSEUM
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE FLIGHT TEST MUSEUM
Use these links to the Foundation/Museum website to access information about the 18 Oct 2014 70th Anniversary of the TPS “Gathering of Eagles”, STEM* programs, and how to Become a Friend of the Flight Test Museum:
70th Anniversary/Reunion of the USAF Test Pilot School and the 2014 Gathering of Eagles–the “Gathering of Eagles” event in the Antelope Valley, which will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB. It is being billed as a class reunion for all graduates and instructors. The Flight Test Museum will have a section dedicated to USAF Test Pilot School--exhibits will feature references to the people and the sciences that made up this test community.
Inspiring Future Generations and STEM* Educational Outreach - Beyond simply preserving the history of flight test, a key goal of the AF Flight Test Museum is to inspire interest in *Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in young people. Only through education will the next generation of flight test professionals be created. Existing STEM programs designed to engage youth in aerospace-related learning will be greatly expanded. We KNOW that young students have a high level of interest in flight test and space exploration. The goal of the museum’s STEM outreach is to reach this critical audience.
Air Force Test Center to Move AF Flight Test Museum to “Outside the Gate”- The AF Flight Test Museum is in the midst of its most exciting transformation since the 1990s, when the museum was erected at the current site inside Edwards AFB at the corner of Rosamond and Lancaster Boulevards. The AF Test Center wants to move and expand the AF Flight Test Museum just outside the West Gate. The Flight Test Museum presently has over 80 historic aircraft spread all over EAFB. When completed, the project will provide hanger space for many of the museum’s historical aircraft to protect from them from the weather and enhance the experience for museum guests. The objective is to provide a world-class venue for an aerospace-related STEM education program. The construction of the new facility will be funded completely by private donations. The location of the new museum “Outside The Gate” will provide access for aviation aficionados and greater opportunities for STEM use by educational organizations.
Important Notice for Visitors – Since 9-11, access to the museum on Edwards AFB is restricted to base personnel and those with appropriate credentials or those who have official business on the base. For those who do not have base access there is a General Public Tour offered twice a month. The tours are free, but reservations are required. For more information on the General Public Tours you can visit http://www.edwards.af.mil/units/publicaffairs/index.asp
Flight Test Museum Hours and Base Tours - The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm for visitors who have base access. The museum’s phone number is 661-277-8050.
EDWARDS A.F.B. FLIGHT TEST MUSEUM NEEDS FRIENDS – Becoming a Friend of the Flight Test Museum will help secure a LARGE matching grant from the Hilton Foundation: “We have a short fuse to raise just a little bit more or we lose the $300K grant from the Hilton foundation!” We want to move the museum out by Century Circle so we can have a LOT more folks come and learn about Edwards AFB heritage!