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COVID-19 Health Guidelines
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is excited to welcome attendees back to our in-person Annual Symposium on 27-30 October 2021 in Anaheim, CA at The Disneyland Hotel. Just like you, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 and as an attendee, you should plan on adhering to the health guidelines as they evolve with what seems to be daily.
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
JB Brown (F) Named NTPS President
National Test Pilot School (NTPS) Mojave, CA
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, NTPS President & CEO, Dr. Allen L. (AL) Peterson is pleased to announce that Mr. James E. (JB) Brown III has been selected as the next NTPS President effective 3 September 2021. As President, Mr. Brown will be responsible for ensuring NTPS meets all facets of its Mission and Strategic Goals.
JB joined NTPS in 2016 after retiring from Lockheed Martin where he served in a numerous flight test positions in the F-117 and F-22 programs including Chief Test Pilot. While at NTPS, he served in a variety of management positons including Vice President, COO, CFO, Head of Training, and Chief FW Test Pilot Instructor. JB also spent a few thousand hours passing on flight test knowledge test to students both in the classroom and in the air.
JB is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a member of Daedalians. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from VMI, a MS in Management from Troy State University, and is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School class 86A.
Mr. Luca Campello will replace Brown as NTPS COO. Dr. Peterson will continue as the NTPS Chief Executive Officer focusing on Strategic Initiatives across the NTPS enterprise.
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
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.