The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is focused on the prevention of accidents and loss of life by improving safety, design and flight test of aerospace vehicles and their related systems.  SETP’s focus on what happened to the aircraft and our test pilots who fly them remains very clear.  SETP also recognizes the potential damage an aircraft accident can inflict on the SETP families and fellow testers left behind.  

In 2013, SETP created the Critical Incident Response Committee (CIRC) to provide and coordinate, when possible, support for families and peer groups following flight test-related accidents.  SETP liaises with aviation industry professionals with extensive experience in post-accident grief counseling to provide basic certification for peer-to-peer coaching in the event of a critical incident.  CIRC has developed a growing network of personnel trained to provide peer-to-peer support for colleagues and for the families of Members injured or killed in aircraft accidents. The members of SETP's CIRC assist in identifying the needs of members' organizations and families, resources available to meet those needs, and coordinate efforts to provide these resources to the best of their ability.


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Boeing Flight Operations is pleased to announce the annual Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) training for either a 1 day recurrent training or initial 3 day training on 23-25 July 2019.  Current peer volunteers need to attend one of the three days of training while any new peer volunteer must complete the full 3 days of training.

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Renton, WA  98057 

Boeing has invited a representative from Airline Incident Response Inc. to facilitate initial and recurrent training for CIRP.  The training is a tremendous opportunity to enhance our ability to help our colleagues in times of need.  Boeing is graciously inviting the SETP community to attend the annual training.  Registration for the course is covered. Each individual will need to cover their own travel expenses.

Those interested in the training should contact:

Thomas Griffin (tThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Dustin Biggerstaff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The purpose of Boeing’s Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) is to mitigate the psychological impact of an incident or accident and aid in the normal recovery from these events before harmful stress reactions affect job performance, careers, families, and health. The CIRP provides pre-incident education and post-incident/accident crisis intervention services. Peer Support Volunteers (PSVs) are flight crew members and engineers specifically trained and certified to provide support in critical incident stress management. ALPA formally implemented this program in 1994 to improve flight safety by assisting crewmembers, accident investigators, and their families following a critical incident or accident. Initiation of the Critical Incident Response Program was a joint project of the Accident Investigation, Aeromedical, Human Performance, Pilot Assistance, and Safety Committees.

Thank you!