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.
History Made Again!
The first F-35 flight test flown by a woman was completed on 14 December 2018 at Edwards AFB.
Congratulations to Maj Rachael Winiecki, USAF (PAM) on this accomplishment.
Read the full article HERE!
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
The world eagerly watched on July 20, 1969, as Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin, Jr. took mankind’s first steps on the moon. This unprecedented engineering, scientific, and political achievement was the culmination of the efforts of an estimated 400,000 Americans and secured our Nation’s leadership in space for generations to come. The Apollo 11 crew—Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins—safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969, fulfilling the national goal set in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Nearly half a century later, the United States is the only country ever to have attempted and succeeded in landing humans on a celestial body other than Earth and safely returning them home.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon, Public Law 114-282 authorized a four-coin program: a curved $5 gold coin, a curved $1 silver coin, a curved half-dollar clad coin, and a curved 5 ounce $1 silver proof coin. In 2019, the U.S. Mint will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission by producing and selling commemorative coins. Half of the coins’ surcharges are authorized to be paid to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Destination Moon” exhibit; one quarter to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and one quarter to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The one-fourth of the coin surcharges will directly benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation as long as the Foundation raises matching funds.
The sale of the coin begins on January 24, 2019 at 12 pm (EST) via the U.S. Mint. The demand is high so order yours right away.
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40th Howard Hughes Memorial Award
National Aerospace Library Sound Archive (Andy Sephton 'Flying Historical Aircraft')
The sound recording of Andy Sephton's 2004 lecture to the Royal Aeronautical Society 'Flying Historical Aircraft' has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects - and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site:-
The specific link to the recording is as follows (just click on the arrow button to 'Play') :-
The recording of Andy Sephton's lecture has been released alongside a recording of a historic 1954 lecture by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh on the key role aviation has played in the development of remote areas of the world and a 1998 lecture by Christopher Bartlett on the evolution of aircraft weapon aiming / sighting technology.
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 and A. W. 'Bill' Bedford ) is:-
A quick link to the extended interviews available so far (including interviews with Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Handel Davies, Al White, Bill Humble, Pete Knight, Dick Johnson, Philip Lucas, Peter Bugge, Col. Emil ‘Ted’ Sturmthal, Harald Penrose, John Morton, D. P. Davies, Jeffrey Quill, John Cunningham, Sir Barnes Wallis, R. A. C. Brie, Sir Harry Ricardo and Clayton Knight) is :-
All the historic podcasts released via the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive can also now be downloaded for free via iTunes:-
The intention of the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive project is to create a historically significant oral history archive which makes the voices of the past (pilots, engineers, scientists etc.) 'alive' once more to inspire and inform current and future generations and the sound archive has attracted a number of favourable comments / interest via social media.
Please note that if these recordings or extracts from these recordings are to be reproduced in any way (book, journal article, web-site etc.), acknowledgement should be made to the ‘Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)’ as being the source of the original.
Please feel welcome to forward details of these historic aviation recordings to anyone who may be interested.
An online version of an article published in the Royal Aeronautical Society's magazine Aerospace December 2017 which reviews the latest developments with the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive is available via the following web-site:-
62nd Annual Symposium & Banquet Survey Results
Click HERE to view the 62nd Annual Symposium & Banquet Survey Results.
October 2018, President's Message
Good day fellow SETP Members. The Board of Directors and I are honored and privileged to serve you and the Society for the upcoming 2018/2019 year.
I must start by recognizing Art “Turbo” Tomassetti for his outstanding leadership and energetic dedication as President over the past year and look forward to his continued support as our Executive Advisor for the coming year.
Looking back, we had a busy and exciting year – lively section Symposia, excellent presentations, great flow of information vital to our profession, and of course, the opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. 2018 culminated in a fantastic 62nd Symposium and Banquet with 645 in attendance! Rich Lee and his Committee again did an outstanding job and along with our incredible SETP Staff, deserve our thanks for a hugely successful Symposium.
Looking forward, the Board of Directors will focus on a few key goals:
- Our first goal will be to reach potential Members who have not joined our Society. We will revamp and update our new Member material to make it more relevant, and I will encourage our Sections to reach out to non-Members and explain the great benefits this Society has to offer them. We will extend our reach worldwide and provide those untapped flight test organizations with the valuable tools we have readily available. It’s a challenging task but one I strongly believe is worth pursuing.
- Our second goal is to ensure a vibrant future for our Society and that means engaging our youth. Those young, passionate aviation and science enthusiasts deserve our attention and mentorship. STEM is not effective unless we are ALL engaged. As such, my challenge to you is that in the next year, commit four hours – more if you can spare it – to our youth. Participate in school and college career days. Attend or judge science fairs, paper airplane competitions, and other science/aviation related events. Set them on a course that will change their lives forever.
- Our third goal is to continue to care for our own Members, through the support and continual growth of our Critical Incident Response Committee, the Partner’s Handbook, and the Scholarship Foundation.
With the active participation of every SETP Member, the Society will thrive, grow, and become even more valuable and essential than it is today. I ask each of you be an active Member of the Society. I encourage you to attend or volunteer at your local SETP Section Symposium or monthly/quarterly Section meetings. Submit a paper for presentation. Write an article for Cockpit. Contribute to the Society’s Foundations through Amazon Smile when you make internet purchases. Your participation, big or small, will ensure the continued growth and health of the Society.
I thank you for your support and I look forward to a great year. I hope to see each of you over the coming year at the many regional events and, of course, in Anaheim for the 63rd Annual Symposium.
Fly Safe. Be an Active Member. Be a Good Mentor.
Maurice “Moe” Girard (F)