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2017 European Chapter Symposium Dates Announced

Mark your calendars for the 2017 European Chapter Symposium! 



28th SFTE-EC Symposium 2017

Co-organized with the 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum – ERF 2017


Dates: September 12-15, 2017

Venue: Politecnico di Milano – Bovisa Campus, Milan, Italy

Historical Annual Symposia

No. Year Chapter Location Theme
1 1970 Long Island  Plainview, New York Computer Aided Flight Testing
2 1971 Patuxent River St. Mary's City, Maryland Test and Evaluation of Automatic Control Systems
3 1972 North Texas  Arlington, Texas Management and Control of Flight Test
4 1973 Antelope Valley Las Vegas, Nevada Flight Testing Today
5 1974 Los Angeles  Anaheim, California Advancements in Flight Test Engineering
6 1975 St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Toward More Effective Testing
7 1976 Seattle Eastsound Orcas Island,  WA The Many Disciplines of Flight Test
8 1977 Patuxent River Washington, D.C. Flight Test Technology
9 1978 North Texas Arlington, Texas Why Flight Test?
10 1979 Antelope Valley Las Vegas, Nevada Getting More For Your Flight Test Dollar
11 1980 Southeast Atlanta, Georgia Flight Testing in the Eighties
12 1981 Wright Dayton, Ohio Flight Test Trends: Past, Present, Future
13 1982 Long Island New York, New York Flight Test Technology -- A State-of-the-Art Review
14 1983 Los Angeles Newport Beach, California Flight Testing Today: Innovative Management and Technology
15 1984 St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Key Issues and Technology for Future Programs
16 1985 Seattle Seattle, washington Flight Testing -- Evolution and Revolution
17 1986 Patuxent River Washington, D.C. Flight Testing -- The Continuing Challenge
18 1987 European Amsterdam, Netherlands Flight Testing World Wide
19 1988 North Texas Arlington, Texas Concepts Today ... Reality Tomorrow
20 1989 Antelope Valley Reno, Nevada Flight Test ... Racing Towards the 90's
21 1990 Los Angeles Garden Grove, California Flight Test XXI - The Sky's No Longer the Limit
22 1991 St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Advancement of Flight Test Engineering
23 1992 Long Island Hauppage, Long Island, New York The International Spirit ... Testing in the Global Environment
24 1993 Seattle Seattle, Washington Flight Testing - Conquering the Future
25 1994 Patuxent River Washington, D.C. Working Together to Enhance Flight Testing
26 1995 European Berlin, Germany Open Sky
27 1996 North Texas Fort Worth, Texas Uniting the Allied Engineering Fields of Flight Test
28 1997 International  HQ Orlando, Florida Approaching the Challenges of the 21st Century
29 1998 Antelope Valley Reno, Nevada Flight Test, the Biggest Little Thing in Flying
30 1999 St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri INNOVATION - The Gateway to Flight Testing in the New Millennium
31 2000 European Turin, Italy Flight Test in the New Millennium
32 2001 Seattle Seattle, Washington 2001: A Seattle Odyssey - Flight Test Legacy and the Next Generation
33 2002 Patuxent River Baltimore, Maryland Staying on the Leading Edge of Flight Test
34 2003 International HQ Portsmouth, Virginia A Century of Flight Test - From the Wright Brothers to the Right Stuff
35 2004 Whicita Witchita, Kansas Flight Test - The Next Hundred Years
36 2005 North Texas  Ft. Worth, Texas  N.A.
37 2006 Antelope Valley Reno, Nevada We don’t make the things you fly, We make the things you fly better!
38 2007 St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Safety & Productivity - The Spirit of Flight Test
39 2008 North Texas Fort Worth, Texas The Flexibility of Flight Test in a Changing Environment
40 2009 European Linkoping and Stockholm, Sweden Flight Test as the Crown Jewel of Model Driven Design
41 2010 Patuxent River Washington, D.C. Enhancing Air Vehicle and Mission Systems Flight Testing in an Austere Fiscal Environment
42 2011 Seattle Seattle, Washington Making Dreams Take Flight
43 2012 Emerald Coast Fort Walton Beach, Florida Interoperability Testing in the 21st Century
44 2013 North Texas Fort Worth, Texas Evolution of Flight Testing from Manned Vehicles to UAVs
45 2014 Wright Dayton, Ohio One Century, One Decade, One Year of Flight Testing
46 2015 Antelope Valley Lancaster, California Breaking Barriers
47 2016 Wichita Wichita, Kansas  
48 2017 Emerald Coast Destin, Florida Agility Across the Spectrum - Air, Space, and Cyberspace
49 2018 Coastal Empire Savannah, GA Tomorrow's Flight Test

SFTE Call For Nominations- 48th Annual Symposium

Every year, at this time, the SFTE Board of Directors (BoD) requests your nominations for our annual awards program. We have three significant SFTE annual awards: the “’Kelly’ Johnson” Award for individual achievement, the “James S. McDonnell” award for team achievement, and the Director’s Award for service to the Society. We also solicit nominations for SFTE Fellow, the highest level of membership in the Society. Candidates for all awards/Fellows may be nominated by individual society members or SFTE chapters.

Deadline for submissions of nominations for all awards and Fellows to the International Headquarters in Lancaster CA is Monday, August 21, 2017. Any award for which no acceptable nominations have been received by this date will not be granted. The awards will be presented at the 48th Annual International Symposium Awards Banquet in Destin, Florida. Attached to this message is a complete list of previous winners for reference. A brief description of each award, the requirements for Fellows, and the Scholarships are as follows:


The annual SFTE award recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in flight test engineering is known as the “Kelly” Johnson Award. The initial award was presented to the legendary engineer of the Lockheed Skunk Works, Clarence L. ‘Kelly” Johnson, at the 1973 SFTE Symposium. The most recent recipient of this prestigious award was Alan Lawless, Chief of Flight Test Engineering at Honda Aircraft Company, during 2015.

Please note that since 2006 nominations for the Kelly Johnson Award have been restricted to individuals only. Eligibility is not contingent on SFTE membership.


This prestigious award was named for Mr. McDonnell because of his strong and enduring emphasis on the Team as exemplified in his many messages to employees over the intercom which always started with “This is Old Mac calling all the Team”. The 2016 Award went to the F/A-18 Block H12 Point Mugu Detachment Flight Test Engineering Team comprised of the F/A-18 and EA-18G Advanced Weapons Lab, the VX-31, the VX-9, the NAWCWD China Lake VX-23, the VX-20 NAS Patuxent River, the VX-30 NAX Point Mugu, the VFA-15 NAS Oceana, and Boeing St. Louis.

A nominated Team shall be or have been active in flight test engineering. Eligibility for the award shall not be contingent on SFTE membership or affiliation. Only Flight Test Teams may be nominated. The JSM Award is another major award with international recognition which has been awarded since 2006.


Recognition for exceptional dedication and service to the Society of Flight Test Engineers is provided by the SFTE Directors Award. Members who have provided significant and lasting contributions toward the welfare, stature, leadership, or membership of the Society are eligible for nomination. Nominations for this award must be made by a chapter or a member of the SFTE BoD. If you know of a deserving person who has gone “above and beyond” to serve SFTE, please contact your local chapter officers and encourage them to nominate that person. If you are currently a “member-at-large” (i.e. with no chapter affiliation) and you wish to nominate any individual, please contact one of the chapters, through contacts provided on the SFTE web page or through the chapter addresses in the Flight Test Newsletter, and request the chapter to endorse your nominee.


The highest grade achievable in the Society of Flight Test Engineers is that of a Fellow. To be considered for the grade of Fellow, an SFTE member must have been a Senior Member in good standing for at least two years and have attained a position of notable distinction in the field of flight testing. A Fellow is awarded automatic lifetime membership in the Society along with the distinction and responsibility associated with this honor. The general society membership and/or individual chapters may nominate fellows. Following receipt of your nominations and verification of their SFTE standing, the existing Fellows will vote to select a new Fellow. The BoD strongly encourages each chapter to submit a nomination for each award, including a candidate eligible for Fellow. Nominations should be in the form of a one to two page narrative justifying why the nominee should be the next recipient. Nominations which include a resume, letter of recommendation, and how the individual has positively impacted the flight test community are encouraged.


Dependents of Society Members in good standing or Student Members in good standing for at least 6 months may apply for a scholarship from SFTE. The student must have completed their college freshman year and be pursuing their first undergraduate degree majoring in engineering, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, or other technical discipline related to the aerospace field. Further scholarship Information and the application are available on our website. Applications are due by August 21, 2017 with the transcripts received either electronically or by mail by September 4, 2017.

Nominations may be submitted via snail-mail at the address in the header of this message, through e-mail to sfte@sfte.org, or by using the online Nomination Form at http://www.sfte.org/about-sfte/awards-a-recipients/award-nomination-form.

I sincerely hope you will take the time to consider these awards. If you know of a qualified individual, team, or project, please help them be recognized by submitting individual or chapter nominations. Again, Award nominations need to be received at SFTE Headquarters by 21 August 2017 (post or electronic). We look forward to seeing each of you at the 48th Annual Symposium when we announce the winners!