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Wings Over Camarillo Airshow and STEM Pavilion
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots was invited to participate at the Wings Over Camarillo airshow and STEM Pavilion, 18-19 August 2018.
The SETP booth consisted of the STEM Simulator, paper airplane mission challenge station, and paper airplane making station. The STEM simulator allowed the student pilot to compare flying and handling qualities between the F-22 and the F-4 by flying attitude capture tasks and landing task with the F-4. The airplane mission challenge introduced the concept of mission based test with the requirement to design a paper airplane to accomplish any of the three mission areas: Accuracy Distance mission; Endurance mission; and Range mission. For the Accuracy Distance mission, we had a hula hoop standing on a Tee Ball Tee with 5ft, 10ft, and 15ft marks on the hangar floor. The Distance challenge had a start line on the hangar floor with distance marks every 20 ft and the Endurance challenge required the use of a stop watch to determine how long an airplane remained airborne. The best part of the three challenges was the “List of Champions” where the pilots with the best Accuracy Distance, longest Range, and Endurance wrote their name and benchmark.
The SETP team that supported the STEM event over the weekend were Kevin “Smells” Gross (AF), AJ “Face” McFarland (AF), Mike “Rabies” Rabens (F), and Maj Greg “Evil” Marcus (M). This small team provided an exceptional introduction to flight test for the young and young at heart. STEM coordinators told me that the paper airplanes and the SETP simulator were the best stations in the Pavilion.
Kevin Gross (AF)
Neil Armstrong Luncheon Address
While digging in our archives we found this historic presentation from SETP Charter Member Neil Armstrong (F),
at the Luncheon held during the 2005 Symposium that celebrated the SETP 50th Anniversary.
Please take 30 minutes out of your day to watch this captivating talk!
50th European Symposium Photos
Click Here to view the photo album from the 50th European Symposium in Turin, Italy!
National Aerospace Library Sound Archive (History of the Air Transport Auxiliary / Eurofighter programme)
The latest batch of historic recordings from the National Aerospace Library's archives - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects - has just been released via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud site (just click on the arrow button to 'Play')
They include a 1965 lecture by Philip Wills recalling the development the Air Transport Auxiliary through the perspective of his personal experiences during the Second World War and a review of the early evolution and flight testing of the Eurofighter in a 1995 lecture by Chris Yeo.
A quick link to the historic lectures and speeches available so far (including Sir Frederick Handley Page, Igor Sikorsky, Jeffrey Quill, Peter Twiss, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, Andrew Brookes, Silvius Dornier, Sir Richard Glazebrook, Commander Graeme Rowan-Thomson, Keith Hayward and Sir Dermot Boyle ) is:-
A quick link to the extended interviews available so far (including interviews with Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Handel Davies, Al White, Bill Humble, Pete Knight, Dick Johnson, Philip Lucas, Peter Bugge, Col. Emil ‘Ted’ Sturmthal, Harald Penrose, John Morton, D. P. Davies, Jeffrey Quill, John Cunningham, Sir Barnes Wallis, R. A. C. Brie and Sir Harry Ricardo) is :-
All the historic podcasts released via the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive can also now be downloaded for free via iTunes:-
The intention of the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive project is to create a historically significant oral history archive which makes the voices of the past (pilots, engineers, scientists etc.) 'alive' once more to inspire and inform current and future generations and the sound archive has attracted a number of favourable comments / interest via social media.
Please note that if these recordings or extracts from these recordings are to be reproduced in any way (book, journal article, web-site etc.), acknowledgement should be made to the ‘Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)’ as being the source of the original.
Please feel welcome to forward details of these historic aviation recordings to anyone who may be interested.
An online version of an article published in the Royal Aeronautical Society's magazine Aerospace December 2017 which reviews the latest developments with the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive is available via the following web-site:-
2018 Flight Test Safety Workshop - Podcasts
The video podcasts approved for public release from the 2018 Flight Test Safety Workshop held in Arlington, TX are now available to view.
Please CLICK HERE to access the podcasts.
Virtual Tour of SETP HQ
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