BVLOS Flight Test Council
To join or find out more, please contact the Co-Chairs of the council:
Chris "Filter" Baughman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Colin Fischer (email@example.com)
Note: Membership in SFTE is not a requirement for joining
BVLOS Flight Test Council
Under the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) auspices, the BVLOS Flight Test Council is a forum for testers of remotely piloted and autonomous aircraft operating beyond visual line of sight. The council’s
- Mission is to promote flight test safety, efficiency, and knowledge for BVLOS aircraft development, qualification, and certification.
- Scope encompasses all aircraft types, sizes, performance capabilities, and autonomy configurations - from direct remote piloting though fleet-managed deterministic autonomous operations.
- Spirit is to advance knowledge through reciprocal contribution of non-proprietary information.
- Means is openly collaborating and sharing all council discussions, papers, and best practices across three mutually beneficial areas:
- General FT planning and execution to reduce risk to the lowest practical levels.
- Detailed hazards and mitigations specific to flight testing under BVLOS conditions.
- FT considerations for new-paradigm safety assessments and failure probability calculations.
- Serve as a resource where flight testers have pertinent knowledge that might influence separate rulemaking bodies.
- Share lessons toward increasing flight approvals in different types of airspace.
- Propose harmonized and safer means of compliance.
- Translate Flight test best practices into operational best practices.
- Review common resources such as test facilities, ranges, and training
- Flight test equipment design/interface standards (e.g. instrumentation, flight termination systems)
- Data analysis and presentation methods
- Common failure mode demonstrations
- Promulgate military and civil test techniques specific to BVLOS testing.
Operationally, this all-volunteer council will:
- Encourage but not require membership in SFTE or any specific organization.
- Encourage members to present and publish formal technical papers through SFTE or their chosen organization and disseminate links to those papers.
- Promote various digital, virtual, or in-person collaboration forums for discussions.
- Promote collegiate and technical talent networking.
- Manage a repository and links for best practice guidelines, published and unpublished papers, internal discussions, and other content germane to BVLOS flight testing.