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Gerald Dean Carico 1944 - 2017

Dean Carico 

Gerald Dean Carico, 73, a United States Navy aerospace engineer, passed away on November 18, 2017. Carico was a driving force in Navy and Army rotary wing flight test, and especially dynamic interface simulation, for more than 40 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the Senior Aerospace Engineer at Rotary Wing Ship Suitability Branch of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River, Maryland.

Carico was born on October 26, 1944. He earned a BS in aerospace engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1967, a MS in aerospace engineering from Princeton in 1976, and a MS in engineering science from the Navy Postgraduate School in 1988. He was also an engineering graduate of the United States Navy Test Pilot School.

Carico sponsored and guided numerous R&D programs funded by the United States Navy addressing technical challenges associated with operating rotorcraft from both small-deck ships and amphibious carriers. He was responsible for the creation of the Dynamic Interface Pilot Rating Scale, a modified form of the Cooper-Harper handling qualities rating system that more directly addresses the challenges associated with the task of landing rotorcraft onto ship decks in a wide range of operational conditions. That metric of evaluation is still in use by pilots performing aircraft/ship qualification testing to this day.

Dean used a variety of options to help support and enhance rotorcraft flight testing including air vehicle program support, small business innovative research (SBIR) programs, internal science and technology programs, internal capital purchase programs, test technology demonstration programs, and high-performance computing programs. His areas of interest included programs that focused on improving rotorcraft flight test analytics and related databases. His major contributions were in the areas of rotorcraft flight simulation, air vehicle model enhancements, rotorcraft/ship modeling enhancements, improved flight test databases and related documentation.

His recognition of the difficulties of the DI modeling problem, and his dogged pursuit of its solution (sometimes in the face of significant resistance) is legendary. His dedication to the cause of improving the safety of the Naval rotary-wing aviator, and his humility and unfailing sense of humor in the process, are an inspiration to the engineers that had the opportunity and privilege to work with him.

Carico was a Lifetime Member of AHS. He was an active member and former chair of the AHS Modeling & Simulation Technical Committee and was the author or co-author of more than a dozen technical papers. He received the United States Government’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award for testing in a combat zone in 1973, and the Richard L. Wernecke Award for technical excellence in rotorcraft test and evaluation in 1997.

Carico joined the Society of Flight Test Engineers in 1987. He received the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) Directors Award in September 2003 and was selected as Fellow of SFTE in 2009. 

Flash Parlini 1956 - 2017

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After a life committed to service to his communities and distinguished technical achievement in aeronautical engineering, Flash Parlini passed at home in Issaquah, WA on July 12, 2017. Oral cancer ended his productive, impactful, and rich life at age 61. 

Flash was born and raised on Long Island, NY where he developed a love of the outdoors as a sailor, water skier, small plane pilot, and Eagle Scout. He graduated with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in aeronautical engineering and was awarded a fellowship to Stanford University where he earned an MS in Aerodynamics & Astronautics Engineering. Upon graduation, Flash began his career in aviation at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia and then moved west to begin a distinguished career with Boeing. 

During his 35 years at Boeing Flight Test, Flash became a technical leader critical to the successful flight testing of commercial aircraft flight controls and Autoland systems, and flight test data systems. He was made an Associate Technical Fellow of the Boeing Company in 1998 and was recently designated a Technical Fellow for enabling flight test technical infrastructure. His work is documented both inside and outside Boeing, including nine publications and one U.S. patent. Colleagues remember him best as a mentor who was eager to share his vast knowledge, and many credit him with the development of their own careers. 

Flash spent most of his time away from Boeing involved in local community service, and volunteer work at Mt. Rainier National Park. His community service includes City of Issaquah Emergency Communication Radio Officer, member and mentor at the Issaquah Community Response Team, and longtime member of the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club. He also mentored aspiring students at the Raisbeck Aviation High School. 

Most weekends during the last 26 years Flash could be found at Mt. Rainier serving as a volunteer backcountry Ranger. He logged 16,060 volunteer hours on search and rescue operations, training and mentoring fellow Rangers, maintaining trails & manning the Tolmie Fire Lookout. His vast knowledge of the Carbon River & Mowich area terrain and secrets helped visitors and fellow Rangers in the park. He also provided radio help during RAMROD. 

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Rich & Perri and nephew Nicholas, stepmother Judy, as well as other family scattered throughout the United States, and his partner Shawn Marie Duntz, whom he met along the course of many hikes at Mt. Rainier and shared his deep love of the mountains. 

Anthony "Tony" R. Marino 1952 - 2017

CDR Anthony (Tony) Ralph Marino, USN (retired), age 65, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017. 

CDR Marino was born February 4, 1952, in North Plainfield, New Jersey to Anthony and Rosalie Marino. He was the oldest of 4 sons. Growing up, he excelled in school and

He was the oldest of 4 sons. Growing up, he excelled in school and sports and had a passion for soccer and wrestling. As an "A" student, Tony achieved an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of '74. He proudly served in the Navy for 20 more years. He did tours of duty in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Japan, and Key West, Florida as a Naval Flight Officer. He went to the Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD where he later became a Flight Instructor. Tony retired from the Navy in 1994 and would go on to work in the defense sector. He recently retired from Northrup Grumman.

Tony was a member of the local VFW, had a love for sailing, a passion for traveling with wife Barbara and was involved in the Boy Scouts as a Den Leader in his grandson Jordan's troop. He always enjoyed socializing with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Ryan and A.J., grandsons Jordan and Andrew, and brothers Ray and Ricky. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Larry.

Donations to Families of Two Killed in Bell Helicopter Accident

On July 6th, 2016 we learned of the loss of a Bell 525 test vehicle. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the crew. 

 

To make donations to the families, please use the following links:

Boyce Family: youcaring.com/eboyce

Grogan Family: youcaring.com/jgrogan

 

Phil F. Oestricher 1931 - 2015

poestricherRetired test pilot and engineer Phil Oestricher, 84, the first person to fly the YF-16 prototype, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 18.

Phil’s first flight in the YF-16 technology demonstrator aircraft earned him a lasting place in aviation history on Jan. 20, 1974. The aircraft unintentionally became airborne during a high speed taxi test at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and he made the decision to keep flying rather than risk catastrophic damage in a crash landing. His excellent flying skills and quick reaction saved the prototype from destruction, which could have resulted in an early end to the F-16 development program.

Phil contributed to the development of several F-16 versions as a test pilot and helped establish safety protocols that have benefited the worldwide F-16 pilot community.

He also flew all models of the F-111, the fighter-bomber that preceded the F-16 on the Fort Worth production line. He was proud to have flown the F-4D Skyray with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Before his Marine Corps service, he worked at heritage company Consolidated Vultee as an aerodynamics engineer on the B-36, which was the first true intercontinental bomber.

Since his retirement, Phil was active in the Lockheed Martin-Fort Worth retirees association and was an avid builder and flyer of radio-control model aircraft.

To learn more about the YF-16 first flight, see Aeronautics’ Code One magazine.

To see a video of the famous flight, visit YouTube.

Charlie Van Norman 1943 - 2015

cnormanCharles Vernon Van Norman was born in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1943. “Charlie” graduated from California Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and also earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1974. In the summer of 1964 he was hired as a civilian employee at the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards AFB, California shortly after graduating from Cal Poly. He was a performance and flying qualities engineer on projects such as YAT-28E, RB-57F, Lear Jet Model 23, U-10B, XC-142A, C-123K, C-5A, EC-47Q, NC-123X, C-130A, C- 130B, B-52A and B-52G, A-9A, YF-16, B-1B, and various aircraft associated with the Have Idea program. He later became the section chief of the P&FQ branch and was a Program Manager for Joint Air Force/NASA testing of the F-111 TACT, HiMat, AFTI-16 and AFTI-111 research aircraft. Charlie then served in a number of senior roles at AFFTC including Deputy Chief, Flight Dynamics Division; Deputy for Data, Air Launched Cruise Missile; Deputy for Operations and Chief, Computer Sciences Division; Deputy Director, 6521 Range Squadron; Director and Deputy Director, B-2 Combined Test Force; and Senior Technical Advisor for the 412th Test Wing.

Charlie retired from civil service in February 1998. He moved from his home in Lancaster, California to a new home he designed and built in Wellington, Nevada. He started working as a government support contractor with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), TYBRIN, and INQU LLC on various projects.

Charlie was a winner of the Society of Flight Test Engineers Kelly Johnson Award Winner in 1996 and was a Fellow & Life Member of SFTE.

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