Welcome to SETP
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.
SFTE Weekly Newsletter - 2019.11.14
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SETP 63rd Annual Symposium - Photo Gallery and Video Podcasts Now Available
The video podcasts for the 63rd Annual SETP Symposium are now available to view in the Member's Only section of the SETP website.
You will need your username and password to access the podcasts. Click HERE to log in.
Click HERE to view the photo gallery for the Annual Symposium.
October 2019, President's Message
To the Society,
I am honored to serve this amazing society and its diverse members.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about—and discussing with many of you—how to use my short year in this office. I’ll quickly address three things I often find myself returning to.
First, I intend to address the concept of “Lessons Learned” to encourage our members to go beyond just sharing their lessons with conference audiences. I believe that lessons are only truly learned when the learner changes the processes that left the lesson unlearned. When I’m at a conference, I want to hear about—and reward—the concrete actions presenters took to ensure that their lessons would stay learned.
Second, the loss of Julian Nott—a good friend and SETP member—has kept me thinking: What is a “Test Pilot?” You see, Julian was solely a balloon pilot, yet he was clearly a test pilot. What is it that makes a test pilot when it apparently isn’t a particular set of motor skills? It feels like the answer is, “I know it when I see it,” but this is not a basis for rational decision-making. I would like to find a durable definition of “test pilot.” One that can survive in our rapidly-changing aerospace industry.
Finally, one of the most important characteristics of a test pilot is a strong sense of ethics. I would like to explore creating an SETP Code of Ethics to capture and share the ethical lessons that our members have learned.
To all of you, thank you so much for your mentorship, your fellowship, and your trust. I am committed to making the most of this year by making our society better in substantive ways, but the Society of Experimental Test Pilots is what it is because of the membership and what we all do! Please stay active and involved and help us grow into the future.
“Evil” Bill Gray (F)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de La Ferte / Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard / Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)
For your information historic sound recordings of a 1963 lecture by Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de La Ferte recollecting the airmen of the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, of a 1964 lecture by Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard providing his personal insights into the first 50 years of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force and a recording of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland recalling how he designed the D.H 1, D.H.2 and the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.1 aircraft have just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and are now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-
The specific links to the recordings are (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
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, Sir Dermot Boyle, Philip Wills, Chris Yeo, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, Col. Al Worden, Peter Hearne, Sir George Edwards, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, John Farley, A. W. 'Bill' Bedford, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Christopher Bartlett, Andy Sephton, Dr. Ron Smith, A. R. Collar, Sir Vernon Brown, Air Commodore F. R. 'Rod' Banks, L. S. Snaith and Mike Hirst) is:-
Flight Test Safety Database Update
Please pass this info on to your colleagues and friends within the flight test community. In the months to come the database will be relocating to a different server and may have a new URL. Bart Henwood and SETP will update Members before that transition occurs.
Thank you all for your patience and support for the Flight Test Safety Database.
63rd Annual S&B Award Winners and 2019 Fellow Class
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is proud to announce the
Herman R. Salmon Technical Publications Award
(Sponsored by Symbolic Displays)
For the Best Technical Paper published in Cockpit during the Past Year
“Pilot Closed Loop Dynamic Instability Testing For Transport Aircraft Certification ”
Dr. Brian P. Lee, The Boeing Company
Dr. Kirk A. Vining (AF), The Boeing Company