67th Annual Symposium & Banquet - Call for Papers

THE SOCIETY OF EXPERIMENTAL TEST PILOTS - 67th SYMPOSIUM & BANQUET

The Grand Californian Hotel - Anaheim, California
27-30 September 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS

Since 1957, professionals in the international flight test community have gathered with friends and colleagues at the annual “S&B” to discuss new and emerging concepts and share lessons learned in the pursuit of enhanced flight test safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. The foundation for this interchange is built on technical presentations from SETP members and the flight test community at large.

Regardless of how long you have been involved in flight test, you have the potential to enlighten this symposium and our community. Whether you have accomplished something great, or perhaps feel as though you ought to have done better, you surely have some lessons that can educate your fellow flight test professionals.

Your lessons-learned give Symposium attendees the benefit of your experiences and ensure that future testers in your organization—and beyond—will not have to re-learn your lessons. The importance of being agents of change for the better in our organizations cannot be understated. Don’t neglect reporting how you turned your lessons into lasting change.

Presentations for the 2023 Symposium will be selected based on their technical strength and potential to educate and enlighten attendees. Tailor your submission to provide value to a diverse international audience. Each technical presentation selected is given a 30-minute slot, including 25 minutes for the technical presentation and 5 minutes for questions from the audience.  

Presenters are eligible for one of three different awards.

  • The η "Eta" Award recognizes the best presentation that demonstrates how new or refined test techniques, imaginative data collection and processing, or novel approaches resulted in better test execution.
  • The Javier Arango Memorial Award recognizes presenters who share Javier’s passion for aviation history and the connection between pilot and aircraft. The award is given to the best presentation that focuses on aviation history or the human-machine interface.
  • The Ray E. Tenhoff Award, one of only three awards established in the SETP Constitution, was enacted in 1962 to recognize the best all-around presentation of a paper at the Annual Symposium. Submission of a written manuscript will be required to be eligible for the Tenhoff Award.

Although only required for Tenhoff Award eligibility, manuscripts will be gratefully accepted. A written paper is the most effective method for documenting and disseminating original and important information; written lessons are much more likely to be passed along within our organizations and community. For Tenhoff eligibility a completed manuscript, releasable to the SETP membership, must be submitted no less than 24 hours prior to the opening of the Symposium. Manuscripts received after this deadline will still be published online; however, these will not be considered for Tenhoff Award eligibility.

PLEASE NOTE:  PRESENTATIONS MUST BE TECHNICALLY ORIENTED, NOT SALES ORIENTED.  AVOID DIRECT REFERENCE TO COMPETING SYSTEMS. PRESENTATIONS THAT VIOLATE THIS GUIDANCE WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED OR DISSEMINATED.

Abstracts should be approximately 150 words with titles ten words or less. Your abstract should focus on the key points of your presentation and the most important lessons learned. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 July 2023.

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