Great Lakes Symposium - General Information


19 May 2011 - Great Lakes Symposium

Sponsored by: ATK, The Boeing Company, Dayton Aerospace, Goodrich, The Greentree Group, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Aircraft, SelectTech Services and Wyle

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots Great Lakes Symposium will be held at the Consolidated Club & Conference Center, Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Robbie Robinson (AF), ATK, is the Chairman of this event. The symposium will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday and adjourn at 4:00 PM. B/G Chris Bogdan, USAF, is the guest luncheon speaker. A joint reception and dinner with the Society of Flight Test Engineers will follow the symposium. Note: The Conference Center requires access to Area A of Wright-Patterson AFB. Attendees who do not have access must register on this site so base entry can be coordinated.

THURSDAY –19 MAY – REGISTRATION: A registration desk will be located in the Club’s Dining Room beginning at 7:30 AM. Those who have not pre-registered may do so at this time – if they have base access. The registration fee is $25 and includes sessions, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and a buffet lunch on Thursday, 19 May. NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR REFUNDS ON CANCELLATIONS IS FRIDAY, 13 MAY. PLEASE VISIT THE SETP WEB SITE OFTEN FOR UPDATES

TECHNICAL SESSIONS: The program will begin at 8:00 AM in the Main Dining Room. Dress for the symposium is Business casual/military equivalent. 

LUNCHEON: The Luncheon speaker will be B/G Chris Bogdan (M), USAF, KC-X PEO and Program Director.

JOINT SETP/SFTE DINNER: The Wright Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) is proud to host a joint SETP dinner after the symposium. The joint dinner will be in the Wright Room of the historic Engineers Club of Dayton (110 East Monument Avenue). All symposium attendees are invited, and encouraged to include spouses and guests. All will enjoy the camaraderie of this rare social gathering of flight test professionals. The dinner will include a short ceremony to officially install the officers of the SFTE Wright Chapter. The cost is $35 per person. Social no-host cocktail reception begins at 6:00pm with a cash bar, and dinner buffet begins at 7:00pm. Menu entrees are Chicken Cordon Bleu and Top Round of Beef. Guests may park free of charge in the Engineers Club designated lots around the club. The dinner speaker will be Mr. Tom Walters (M); he will be discussing the flight test planning activities for the new Wright B Flyer. 

This Symposium is intended for both members and non-members of the Society. The scheduled presentations are listed below:

"Road to First Flight-Lessons Learned During Developmental Test of the X-47B Aircraft" - Mike Rabens (F), Northrop Grumman Corporation

"Developmental Flight Test for Optionally Piloted Aircraft" - Thomas Washington (M), Aurora Flight Sciences

"Lessons Learned from C-17 All Weather Formation Testing" - James Hanley (M), LtCol, USAF, Bill Quashnock (M), Maj, USAF

"Status Update and Summary of the ACES 5 Ejection Seat" - Jim Tulloch, Goodrich Aircraft

"Using Specific Excess Power Estimation in Flight Test Planning to Improve Safety & Efficiency" - Richard Huffman, LtCol, USAF, Sidney Usry, Capt, USAF

Afternoon Session

“Updates on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Testing”

Panel Presentations and Discussion

Noel Zamot, Col, USAF, Commandant, USAF Test Pilot School

Bill “Idle” Power (AM), Lt Col, USAF, ASC Det 3 Commander

Joe Zeis, Col, USAF (ret) Dayton Development Coalition

Will Thomas, Aeronautical Systems Center / ENFT

Rick Scudder, Capt, USN (ret), Center for UAV Exploitation

Mike “MR” Roberts, Col, USAF, 178th Fighter Wing Commander

Dan Morin, Col, USAF, AFRL Vice Commander

Additional Information


Registration - $25.00

SETP/SFTE Joint Dinner - $35.00

Contact Information

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

P.O. Box 986

Lancaster, CA 93584


Refund Policy

The deadline for refunds on cancellations is Friday, 13 May 2011