Welcome to SFTE
The Society of Flight Test Engineers is a fraternity of engineers, whose principal professional interest is the flight testing of aerospace vehicles. The objective of the Society is the advancement of flight test engineering throughout the aerospace industry by providing technical and fraternal communication among individuals, both domestic and international, in the allied engineering fields of test operations, analysis, instrumentation and data systems.
SFTE 2013 Award Winners
Kelly Johnson – Reagan K. Woolf – Edwards AFB, CA
JSM Award – X-51A Scramjet Engine Demonstration ITT – AFFTC, NASA, NAS Pt. Mugu, The Boeing Company, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Directors Award – Douglas A. Bell – The Boeing Company
Fellow Award – David L. Vanhoy – Edwards AFB, CA
Presidents Message - October 2013
Society Members and Fellow Flight Testers:
September was an historic month!
How many of you have been privileged to be standing by the runway when a first of a kind aircraft took off or landed? It’s not a frequent occurrence. I had the privilege of being at Boeing Field in Seattle the day the first 787-8 landed after its first flight. After all of the “it flew just like the sim” and “great jet” comments were done, the hard work began getting the aircraft certified. In September we had, over the course of just three days, THREE separate “firsts”. On Monday the 16th, Bombardier flew their brand-new, clean sheet of paper CS100 jet. Tuesday saw the first flight of Boeing’s stretched 787-9, and Wednesday saw the first ever launch of a commercial space payload from Wallops Island to the International Space Station onboard Orbital’s Antares/Cygnus rocket (it subsequently docked with the International Space Station on the 30th). Talk about a busy week! Not to be outdone, SpaceX launched its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday the 30th, carrying a Canadian satellite to low earth orbit. Congratulations to Bombardier, The Boeing Company, Orbital, and SpaceX. As the calendar turns to October, it’s time to finish the after-parties and get to work (after taking some well-deserved time off for the SFTE Symposium, of course!)