Dear friends, colleagues, and future members,
Welcome to the Society of Flight Test Engineers web site. The Society is a fraternity of engineers, whose principal professional interest is the flight testing of aircraft.
If you're not a member of the SFTE yet, allow me a moment to explain a few of the benefits of becoming a member. The SFTE offers its members the opportunity to meet flight test professionals from around the world, and share the lessons they have learned through many years of flight testing. Our local and international symposia are occasions to meet newcomers to the profession, reconnect with old friends, and benefit from the experiences of others.
Our members have been busy during 2014, supporting first flights of the Airbus 320 NEO and EC645T2, the BAE Taranis, the Bell Helicopter 505, the Learjet 85 and the NASA Orion to name just a few, plus countless ongoing aerospace programs. Each of these projects required a highly skilled team of analysts, instrumentation, data specialists, and pilots.
If you have ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to pursue a career in flight test, or who looking for experienced testers, SFTE is for you. If you wonder how others have approached technical challenges and mitigated risks, SFTE is for you. If you are an aviation enthusiast interested in meeting the people who brought some of our most fascinating air and spacecraft endeavors to fruition, SFTE is for you. Whether you are a newcomer to flight test looking for the tools contained in the SFTE handbook, or a veteran looking to expand your knowledge by attending training classes in advanced analyses, SFTE is for you. If you lead an organization involved in flight test and want to bolster the safety and capabilities of your team by becoming a corporate member of the organization, SFTE is for you.
The new Board of Directors and SFTE Technical Council have been hard at work to improve your membership experience. We are streamlining the renewal process, adding new features to our newsletter, and reaching out to flight test organizations around the world. If you have any suggestions or concerns, or if you would like to volunteer at the international level, please contact any Board member or your local chapter.
The 2015 SFTE International Symposium will be hosted by the Antelope Valley Chapter. Ever hear of the Bell X-1, Lockheed SR-71, North American X-15, or Scaled Composites SpaceShip One? Yeah, that Antelope Valley. Stay tuned for details!