Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award

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The Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award was established by the Flight Test Safety Committee (FTSC) to formally recognize a single individual, or group of individuals, who over some period of time, has made a significant flight test safety contribution to a specific program, organization, or the flight test profession as a whole. Nominations for the Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award are reviewed by the Flight Test Safety Committee and the most deserving nominee from the past year is selected. The recipient(s) is announced at the North American Flight Test Safety Workshop in the Spring of each year. The distinctive flight helmet trophy (pictured above) is officially presented by the corporate sponsor of the award (The Gentex Corporation) at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) Annual Awards Banquet in the Fall.

Selection Criteria

1.) A qualified nomination will normally contain details of a significant contribution to the nominee’s organization, program, or the overall flight test safety community over some period of time. However, a singular, exemplary, flight test safety achievement involving the saving of human life, flight test program, or test aircraft may also be nominated. Preceding and during this type of event, the nominee(s) should have demonstrated compliance with the applicable flight test safety rules and the generally agreed upon industry best practices of test preparation and conduct.

2.) The award can be presented to an individual or group of individuals. If an entire organization or branch is nominated, please include who might best accept the award and any noteworthy achievements of key individuals.

3.) The award can be presented to a person whose regular or additional duties involve flight test safety, but is based on significant achievement above and beyond their normal responsibilities, and thus worthy of recognition. An example of this would be an individual who has dramatically improved or increased the effectiveness of his/her Flight Test Safety Branch while assigned to that department or position.

4.) An individual, or outstanding team effort key in the development of a significant flight test safety related technology.

5.) An individual (or group of individuals) who has been a key developer of a new flight test technique, test methodology, or risk management process that significantly improves flight test safety and currently affects (or has the potential to positively affect) a significant portion of the flight test community.

6.) An individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to a flight test related organization, (i.e. SETP, SFTE, FTSC, AIAA etc.) and this service has advanced the overall cause of flight test safety for the profession as a whole.

Nomination Guidelines

1.) Nominations are solicited and accepted by the Flight Test Safety Committee at any time during the year.

2.) Nominations may be submitted by any individual having sufficient knowledge to make the recommendation.

3.) The Nomination form must be presented in writing not later than 30 March 2016 for consideration within that calendar year. If not selected, re-submission of award nominations in the next year is appropriate and encouraged.

4.) The nomination must contain a compelling description and/or pertinent information concerning the candidate's overall contribution to flight test safety, or why an individual event was noteworthy enough to warrant this recognition.

5.) Nominations may be submitted in any of the following ways:

a. Email your nomination form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Download the form.
b.  or FAX. 661-940-0398