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.
For our members, we offer job postings, an extensive database of technical papers delivered over decades of symposia, an easy way to connect with other flight test specialists, and all of our high quality newsletters.
Earlier this month we witnessed a tragedy in Spain when one of our members was among the crew of an Airbus A400M that crashed on its maiden flight. Jesualdo Martínez Ródenas was Major in the Spanish Air Force. A military pilot, he completed the Master in Flight Test from the University Polytechnic of Madrid. He started to work for Airbus Defence & Space as Test Engineer in the P-3 modernisation program. Later he became involved in all the turboprop test programs from the company (CN-235 and C-295). Recently he was assigned to the A400M program as Flight Test Engineer. He was married, with two sons. Jesualdo joined the Society in 2008. He participated in the European symposium in Braunschweig and in the international symposium in Forth Worth. He was currently the European representative in the Technical Council. We all will miss his enthusiasm and strength. He was always ready to participate and, really became a strong support for the society in a very short time. On behalf of the SFTE Board of Directors, I would like to express our condolences and sorrow to Jesualdo’s family and friends.
The 2015 SFTE International Symposium will be hosted by the Antelope Valley Chapter from September 14-17. This will be the perfect place to network with other flight testers, see the latest technical innovations our vendors have to offer, and share the lessons learned by listening to some of the best technical papers our industry has to offer. Plus, we will also be treated to some amazing technical tours. I hope we will see you in Lancaster, California!