Central Section Symposium - General Information

2011 Central Section Symposium

Sponsored by: Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft, Garmin International and Hawker Beechcraft
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots Central Section Symposium will be held on Monday, 6 June 2011 at the Old Town Conference Center across the street from The Hotel at Old Town, 830 E 1st Street North, Wichita, Kansas. The Symposium will include all day sessions and a luncheon with a keynote speaker. Dale Bleakney (M) of Cessna is the Chairman for this event.

TECHNICAL SESSION: Continental breakfast will be served at 7:00am in the Keen Kutter A Room of the Old Town Conference Center across the street from The Hotel at Old Town. The Symposium will be held in Keen Kutter B beginning at 8:00am. The registration fee is $45.00. The following presentations have been scheduled:
“Advanced Vision Update” – Mark Schlegel (F), Bombardier
“AT-6 Program Update” – Dan Hinson (M), Hawker Beechcraft
“Use of Social Media Websites to Improve Flight Test Communication and Safety” – Mark Jones (M), Maj, USAF
“CRJ-1000 Vmu Testing” – Andy Litavniks (AF), Bombardier
“Using Multiple Company Resources to Accomplish Flight Test Goals” – Steve Stowe (AF), Boeing
“Open Discussion to Improve the Communication and Handling of Flight Test Activities in the Wichita/KC Center Area” – Errett Rush, KC ARTCC and Doug Fast, ICT Tower/Approach

LUNCHEON: A luncheon will be held in the Keen Kutter A Room at 12:00pm. Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, will be the keynote speaker discussing “An Afternoon with Jimmy Doolittle”.

SOCIAL HOUR: A cash bar social hour with light hors d’oeuvres will be held in the Atrium at the Hotel at Old Town immediately following the conclusion of the technical session.

The Hotel at Old Town
830 E 1st Street North
Wichita, KS

Contact Information
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
P.O. Box 986
Lancaster, CA 93584
Refund Policy
The deadline for refunds or cancellations is Monday, 30 May 2011

Lodging Information
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: A small block of rooms has been reserved at The Hotel at Old Town at $109.00 per night without breakfast or $119.00 with a full hot breakfast. Parking and in-room internet are included in the room rate. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-265-3869. When calling, please mention that you are attending the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium to receive the negotiated rate. The cutoff date for reservations at the special rate is Sunday, 15 May.

Great Lakes Symposium - General Information


19 May 2011 - Great Lakes Symposium

Sponsored by: ATK, The Boeing Company, Dayton Aerospace, Goodrich, The Greentree Group, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Aircraft, SelectTech Services and Wyle

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots Great Lakes Symposium will be held at the Consolidated Club & Conference Center, Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Robbie Robinson (AF), ATK, is the Chairman of this event. The symposium will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday and adjourn at 4:00 PM. B/G Chris Bogdan, USAF, is the guest luncheon speaker. A joint reception and dinner with the Society of Flight Test Engineers will follow the symposium. Note: The Conference Center requires access to Area A of Wright-Patterson AFB. Attendees who do not have access must register on this site so base entry can be coordinated.

THURSDAY –19 MAY – REGISTRATION: A registration desk will be located in the Club’s Dining Room beginning at 7:30 AM. Those who have not pre-registered may do so at this time – if they have base access. The registration fee is $25 and includes sessions, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and a buffet lunch on Thursday, 19 May. NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR REFUNDS ON CANCELLATIONS IS FRIDAY, 13 MAY. PLEASE VISIT THE SETP WEB SITE OFTEN FOR UPDATES

TECHNICAL SESSIONS: The program will begin at 8:00 AM in the Main Dining Room. Dress for the symposium is Business casual/military equivalent. 

LUNCHEON: The Luncheon speaker will be B/G Chris Bogdan (M), USAF, KC-X PEO and Program Director.

JOINT SETP/SFTE DINNER: The Wright Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) is proud to host a joint SETP dinner after the symposium. The joint dinner will be in the Wright Room of the historic Engineers Club of Dayton (110 East Monument Avenue). All symposium attendees are invited, and encouraged to include spouses and guests. All will enjoy the camaraderie of this rare social gathering of flight test professionals. The dinner will include a short ceremony to officially install the officers of the SFTE Wright Chapter. The cost is $35 per person. Social no-host cocktail reception begins at 6:00pm with a cash bar, and dinner buffet begins at 7:00pm. Menu entrees are Chicken Cordon Bleu and Top Round of Beef. Guests may park free of charge in the Engineers Club designated lots around the club. The dinner speaker will be Mr. Tom Walters (M); he will be discussing the flight test planning activities for the new Wright B Flyer. 

This Symposium is intended for both members and non-members of the Society. The scheduled presentations are listed below:

"Road to First Flight-Lessons Learned During Developmental Test of the X-47B Aircraft" - Mike Rabens (F), Northrop Grumman Corporation

"Developmental Flight Test for Optionally Piloted Aircraft" - Thomas Washington (M), Aurora Flight Sciences

"Lessons Learned from C-17 All Weather Formation Testing" - James Hanley (M), LtCol, USAF, Bill Quashnock (M), Maj, USAF

"Status Update and Summary of the ACES 5 Ejection Seat" - Jim Tulloch, Goodrich Aircraft

"Using Specific Excess Power Estimation in Flight Test Planning to Improve Safety & Efficiency" - Richard Huffman, LtCol, USAF, Sidney Usry, Capt, USAF

Afternoon Session

“Updates on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Testing”

Panel Presentations and Discussion

Noel Zamot, Col, USAF, Commandant, USAF Test Pilot School

Bill “Idle” Power (AM), Lt Col, USAF, ASC Det 3 Commander

Joe Zeis, Col, USAF (ret) Dayton Development Coalition

Will Thomas, Aeronautical Systems Center / ENFT

Rick Scudder, Capt, USN (ret), Center for UAV Exploitation

Mike “MR” Roberts, Col, USAF, 178th Fighter Wing Commander

Dan Morin, Col, USAF, AFRL Vice Commander

Additional Information


Registration - $25.00

SETP/SFTE Joint Dinner - $35.00

Contact Information

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

P.O. Box 986

Lancaster, CA 93584


Refund Policy

The deadline for refunds on cancellations is Friday, 13 May 2011


East Coast Symposium 2011 - General Information

27th East Coast Symposium
Sponsored by: Avian Engineering, The Boeing Company and Calspan Corporation
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is pleased to announce the 27th East Coast Symposium, to be held on 15 April 2011 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the USNTPS Reunion. This year’s event chairman is CDR John O’Connor, USN (M). The symposium is being sponsored by Avian Engineering, Boeing and Calspan.
FRIDAY, 15 APRIL – MORNING TECHNICAL SESSION: The morning session will be held in the auditorium of the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School, 22783 Cedar Point Rd., Patuxent River, MD 20670. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30am. The symposium will begin at 8:00am. The registration fee is $35 for SETP Members and $45 for Non-Members and includes the luncheon and reception. The dress for this event is business casual or flight suit. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL (NON US CITIZEN) ATTENDEE PLEASE CONTACT CDR O’CONNOR AT 1-301-757-5044 TO ARRANGE ACCESS ONTO BASE.
FRIDAY, 15 APRIL - LUNCHEON: The luncheon will be held from 11:45am to 1:15pm at the Naval Air Station’s River’s Edge Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Douglas A Benjamin, Chief Pilot, Military Transport, Tanker, Airlift, Airborne Battle Management for Boeing Test & Evaluation. The cost for the luncheon is included in the registration fee. Please be sure to select your menu choice on the registration form. For those not registered for the symposium, the cost of the luncheon is $20.00.
FRIDAY, 15 APRIL – AFTERNOON TECHNICAL SESSION: The afternoon session will begin at 1:15pm at the River’s Edge Conference Center.
The following papers are scheduled to be presented at the symposium:
  • Road to First Flight: Lessons Learned during Developmental Test of the X-47B (Mike Rabens, Northrop Grumman Corporation, LCDR Kevin Watkins, USN, VX-23 Matt Funk, NAVAIR)
  • F/A-18C/D Station 4 LITENING Pod Loads Envelope Expansion - Lessons Learned (Michael J. Harris, Major Nicole A. Mann, USMC, Meredith Almoney, US Navy)
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Carrier Suitability and Structural Demonstration (LT. Paul Meyer, USN (M), Mr. Les Ryan, Northrop Grumman (AF)
  • DARPA: A Flight Test Update (CDR Matt Rising, Maj. Matt Domsalla)
  • MH-47G Engine Exhaust Suppressor Flight Test (Brian Thompson, Dr. Preston Martin)
  • Risk Management During AT-6 Semi-Prepared Runway Operations (Dan "Shaka" Hinson)
  • Undergraduate Evaluation of the Be-76 Duchess Airplane (Midshipmen representing the USNA Class of 2011)
FRIDAY, 15 APRIL - COCKTAIL RECEPTION: Following the symposium, a cocktail reception sponsored by the USNTPS Alumni Association, will be held at the River’s Edge Conference Center. The SETP Leroy Grumman Award for the most outstanding paper presented at the symposium will be presented at the reception. This event is included in the registration fee. For those not registered for the symposium, tickets can be purchased for $10.00 per person. Dress for this occasion will be informal.