SETP 61st Annual Symposium & Banquet - Hotel Reservations Now Being Accepted!

61st Annual Symposium & Banquet

20-23 September 2017

The Grand Californian Hotel ~ Anaheim, California

Hotel reservations are now being accepted.  Click HERE for more information and to book your room! Government rate rooms are only available at Paradise Pier and the Disneyland Hotel. The cut-off date to reserve a room is 28 August 2017. More information on the events will be available soon.

The Grand Californian Hotel is currently undergoing a renovation, which will not yet be complete during our 61st Symposium and Banquet.  The hotel-wide refresh will include reimagining all guest rooms, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club as well as new furniture for the lobby.  We are hopeful that our group will be placed in the newly appointed rooms, but the hospitality suites will not yet be completed.  We will be hosting the hospitality suites across the street at the Paradise Pier Hotel, and transportation between the two hotels will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but believe that we will still be able to provide an excellent forum for attendees to socialize.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

61st Annual Symposium & Banquet - Pre-purchase Park Tickets Now!

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
61st Annual Symposium & Banquet
Anaheim, California

20-23 September 2017

You can now pre-purchase Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets to be used during our Symposium.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to the online ticket store.

PLEASE NOTE:  This year the SETP Registration Desk will NOT have any tickets to the Parks available for purchase.

Tickets are valid for admission from September 16, 2017 through September 26, 2017. The last day to purchase tickets online is September 20, 2017 by 9:00pm PDT.

These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the Resort.

Don't delay!  Prices are subject to change without notice.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to purchase these specially-priced tickets until March 11, 2017.

61st Annual Symposium & Banquet - Call For Papers



The Grand Californian Hotel
Anaheim, California

20-23 September 2017


How do you define a professional?  Certainly experience, expertise in execution, knowledge, and continuous learning are hallmarks, but so is contributing…giving back to the enterprise that helped make the professional who he or she is.  Since our first Awards Banquet on October 4th, 1957, the annual “S&B” has been THE event where professionals in the flight test community have gathered to exchange lessons learned, focus on new and emerging concepts, and engage in the pursuit of enhancing flight test safety and efficiency. The foundation for this endeavor has always been the presentation of technical papers from Society members and the international flight test community at large. 

Every effort this year is being made to make this 61st Symposium & Banquet one to remember.  To that end, I would encourage each of you to review your work in the field and give serious consideration to submitting an abstract.  Today’s aerospace environment is thriving with programs ranging from light sport aviation, to advances in military aircraft, to revolutions in commercial manned spaceflight.  Even many of the lessons learned (and relearned) from past programs are still germane to why our Society exists, and should be submitted for consideration at this year’s event. Share your knowledge, share your issues, share your solutions... this is how we get better as an industry and this is how SETP grows! 

Papers for the 2017 Symposium will be selected on the basis of their potential to educate and enlighten attendees. Technical content is paramount; tailor your submission to provide value to a diverse international audience.  Papers that describe your solutions to new problems or new solutions to old problems are especially welcome. Manuscripts will be gratefully accepted for online publication, but will not be required.


Abstracts should provide, in no more than 150 words, both the one or two critical ideas or lessons you hope your audience will remember and how your lessons will be explained and/or defended in the presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 June 2017. Titles should not exceed ten words.

Please feel free to contact A.J. “Face” McFarland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any questions regarding content, themes, or process. Whether you’re a flight test “gray beard,” a newly minted TPS grad, or someone in between, we all have something to contribute!

Email or mail all abstracts to:

Attn:  CAPT Andrew McFarland, USN (AF) - Symposium Chairman

C/O SETP Headquarters – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.O. Box 986
Lancaster, California 93584-0986