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.
S&B Registration Available mid-August
More information on the S&B events and the registration site will be available mid-August. An email will be sent to the membership with these details once available.
First Manned eVTOL Flight in America
On July 27, 2021, Damian Hischier (M) performed the first manned eVTOL flight in America during the EAA AirVenture 2021 airshow in Oshkosh.
Here you can find a video of this historical flight:
Fellows Class of 2021
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is pleased to announce the Fellows Class of 2021.
The Fellows’ presentation will be held during the 65th Annual Symposium at the Banquet on Saturday, 30 October at the Disneyland Hotel.
More information on the Annual Symposium can be found HERE. We hope you can join us!
Fellows Class of 2021
Junior Test Pilot Summer Program at Blackbird Airpark - Request for Speakers
The Society is posting this request for volunteers on behalf of the Flight Test Historical Foundation:
We are thrilled to be able to offer our Junior Test Pilot Summer Program at Blackbird Airpark IN PERSON this summer! Below is a brief synopsis of the program and the concepts the students cover each session. We take any volunteer speakers from the aerospace industry, as I try to balance all aspects of career opportunities in the industry. However, having our test pilots come out is always a thrill for our kids.
Audience: The program is intended for 3rd-6th grade, but we often have a range of kids -- but mostly 3rd-6th.
Daily themes cover: Flight, Edwards Dry Lake Bed, Stealth, Altitude, MACH Speed, Payload, Engines, Maneuverability, and Reconnaissance
More information here: https://www.afftcmuseum.org/jtps-summer-program
We like to have speakers from across all career paths in the AV's aerospace industry every day if possible. The times are flexible between 11:00 and finish by Noon.
The program is running in-person Monday-Thursday June 21st-July 29th.
There are speaking opportunities via Zoom every week running from June 28th - July 29th. (These can be scheduled very flexibly based on the person's availability!)
Speakers can conduct a presentation, do a hands-on activity, or simply talk about their careers. We like to ask what they wanted to be when they grew up, when they became interested in aerospace or aviation, and what they needed to do education-wise to become what they are today. I also like to ask what the hardest subjects were in school, and what they needed to do to overcome any challenges they may have had on their journey.
SINCERELY and GRATEFULLY,
Lisa Sheldon Brown
Director of Education and Community Outreach
Flight Test Museum Foundation
Calspan 75th Anniversary
This year Calspan celebrates its 75th anniversary. In January 1946, the Curtis Wright Research Laboratory was donated to Cornell University, and it became the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (C.A.L.). C.A.L., now Calspan, developed one of the first variable stability aircraft, a Navy F-4U, in 1948. Since that time Calspan has developed several generations of in-flight simulator aircraft culminating in the United States Air Force (USAF) VISTA NF-16D based at the USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Today, Calspan proudly provides maintenance, operations support, engineering, and curriculum development for the USAF TPS VISTA/F-16. With their fleet of variable stability aircraft, Calspan supports the training curricula at the USAF TPS, the United States Naval TPS, the Empire TPS, the (French) EPNER TPS, The National TPS, and numerous other test organizations. Calspan is committed to providing flight test services and training around the world for decades to come.