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.
65th Annual S&B Award Winners and 2020/2021 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
“Bionics In Aviation – The Geranos Winggrid Project”
Robert Hierl (F)
Volocopter Conducts South Korea’s First Crewed Public Air Taxi Test Flight
Damian Hischier (M) had the honor to do another historical first flight with Volocopter.
Check Presentation to The Flight Test Historical Museum
On 23 October at the Gathering of Eagles event in Lancaster, CA, Art "Turbo" Tomassetti (F) and other past Presidents of SETP presented a check to The Flight Test Historical Museum for $100,000. Turbo noted "The flight test profession usually looks forward to the future with new technologies and new aircraft. The Society recognizes that we build that future on the foundations of the past, the things we have done and the things we have learned. This museum will provide a place that will care for that past." This contribution is part of the Society’s pledge to the construction of the facility outside the gates of Edwards AFB, which will house The Bob Hoover Library, SETP Archives and a STEM Classroom.
L-R Past Presidents Roy Martin (F), Tom Morgenfeld (F), JB Brown (F), Steve Rainey (F)
Art Tomassetti (F) presents the check to The Flight Test Historical Museum's Art Thompson and Lisa Brown
ITPS 10th Annual Flight Test Seminar
Wings Over Camarillo, SETP STEM Pavilion
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, West Coast Section, participated in the Wings Over Camarillo annual airshow and STEM Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 respectively. We had a strong showing with eight members of The Society who dedicated their time to further the SETP educational outreach program at the STEM event. The airshow gates opened at 0900 each morning and soon the STEM pavilion was full of young people and their families curious and eager to make paper airplanes and learn how airplanes fly. There were some tried and true airplane designs that flew well in each of the mission areas, speed and accuracy (through the hula-hoop), long distance, and long duration, as well as some new ad-hoc designs that could not overcome gravity. The interest at our table ebbed and flowed with the dynamics of the air show events. For obvious reason, the STEM pavilion emptied when the thunderous Super Hornet demonstration shook the ground, and then again when the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter took to the sky. Some of the best moments were helping the adults make a paper airplane for the first time and seeing the expression of accomplishment when their design flew well. On Saturday, one young teenager spent about two hours making airplane after airplane, each time refining the design, just to fly his airplane through the hula-hoop from greater and greater distance away. There was serious effort and therefore learning placed into each new aircraft he made. One of the most enjoyable moments came when a little boy about 5 years of age, tried and tried to fly his airplane through the hoop. When he was finally successful, the dance he danced and smile on his face said it all…he completed the mission. In total, this was a very good event with a little return toward normal in this COVID Delta Variant environment. I believe we made a difference in some, maybe more than a few, to continue learning about flight and flight test.
SETP Saturday Team, Kevin Gross (AF), Mike Meier (AF), Andrew Fama (M), Paul Meyer (AF) (not pictured is Brian Sandberg (AF)
SETP Sunday Team, Mike Rabens (F), Kevin Gross (AF), Paul Meyer (AF), Brian Sandberg (AF), Rory Kipper (M), Jason Saglimbene (M)
Andrew Fama (M) with a future test pilot
Teaching future test pilots
ITPS 10th Annual Flight Testing Seminar