The Herman R. Salmon Award was established in 1971 to recognize the most outstanding technical paper published in COCKPIT magazine, a quarterly journal of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. The award consists of a plaque and cash honorarium to be presented at the annual Awards Banquet. The winner's name will be added to a perpetual plaque at SETP Headquarters and as well as appropriate written recognition in COCKPIT.
The technical papers submitted for the Herman R. Salmon award include all those selected for publication in COCKPIT from August 1st to July 31st of any given year. Papers are evaluated by the selection committee for:
1. Originality and/or ingenuity of the article.
2. Interest of subject material to the membership.
3. Contribution to flight testing.
4. Contribution to the exchange of information between test pilots that would not otherwise be generally available.
5. Organization of material and clarity of presentation.
Nominations for the Herman R. Salmon award are not accepted. A selection committee is convened by the Publications Committee to evaluate the technical articles published during the preceding year. Their voting determines the Herman R. Salmon Award winner.