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Flight Test Safety Committee

The Flight Test Safety Committee (FTSC) was formed jointly in November 1994 by members of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP),the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
  1. 2019 Flight Test Safety Workshop
     6-9 May 2019

    Charleston Marriott

    Charleston, South Carolina

    Call for Presentations
     

    “Data To Assure Success – the key enabler to Safety Assurance in Flight Test. Besides a test point that is “within tolerance,” how do we really know we’re executing our tests safely? The 2019 edition of the FTSW aims to explore processes, methods and data to “close-the-loop” on safety management and enable safer and more efficient test execution.”

    Come join us in the Low Country for a deep dive on Safety Assurance in flight test. Arguably one of the more challenging aspects of a robust Safety Management System (SMS), the FTSW will provide a comprehensive look at methods to validate the effectiveness of risk mitigations – developed in planning and employed in the conduct of test.  The tutorial will lay the foundation, to include a review of SMS voluntary standards and the means by which flight test organizations should incorporate recommended practices to monitor the effectiveness of safety risk controls. Subject matter experts will also share their experiences with reporting tools and how to audit for success; these can help participants shape or enhance their Safety Management Systems.  We’ll also touch on data that helps keep us safe and efficient. To complement and reinforce the theme, we’d like to hear from test teams on their SMS Safety Assurance journey. Specifically, what discoveries (hazards) were made in test that were – or were not – sufficiently identified and risks not adequately mitigated. What metrics do your organizations use to measure safety performance and most importantly, provide critical feedback and awareness to the entirety of the test organization for continuous improvement? As a bonus, we will kick-off the FTSW with a scenario-based training module on emergency response and finish with a tour of the Boeing Dreamliner production facility!

    Presentations should be limited to 25 minutes. Please send presentation/briefing proposals to the 2019 Flight Test Safety Workshop Chairman, Pete Donath via Susan@setp.org . If you should have any questions regarding submitting an abstract please contact Pete Donath at pete.h.donath@gmail.com .

    The deadline for abstracts is 11 February 2019 to allow time for appropriate consideration and inclusion in the program.

     

     

    Hotel Information

    Charleston Marriott
    Charleston, South Carolina


    170 Lockwood Boulevard
    Charleston, SC  29403
    Phone: +1 843-723-3000

    A limited block of rooms is reserved at the government per diem rate of $207.00 per night. Please CLICK HEREto book your room.

    Please reserve your room by Monday, 15 April 2019 in order to guarantee this rate.

    The Flight Test Safety Workshop Hotel Cut Off Date is Monday 15 April. If you have any intention of attending the workshop please book a room now because we will not be able to help you get one after the cutoff date. You can cancel up to 48 hours prior if you are unable to make it.

  2. 2019 Flight Test Safety Workshop
    6-9 May 2019

    Hotel Information

    Charleston Marriott
    Charleston, South Carolina


    170 Lockwood Boulevard
    Charleston, SC  29403
    Phone: +1 843-723-3000

    A limited block of rooms is reserved at the government per diem rate of $207.00 per night. Please CLICK HEREto book your room.

    Please reserve your room by Monday, 15 April 2019 in order to guarantee this rate.

    The Flight Test Safety Workshop Hotel Cut Off Date is Monday 15 April. If you have any intention of attending the workshop please book a room now because we will not be able to help you get one after the cutoff date. You can cancel up to 48 hours prior if you are unable to make it.

  3. Click the Image Below to Download the FTSC Brief - A Call for Greater Focus on Flight Test Safety 

    FTSC Canned Brief 2018TWH112718

    11/27/2018

  4. Fellow flight test professionals, on behalf of your Flight Test Safety Committee (FTSC), I wanted to direct your attention to a new guidance document added to the FTSC web site under the Recommended Practices tab (http://flighttestsafety.org/recommended-practices).

    This guidance document details recommended practices related to the use of recorders during flight test and was prompted by a NTSB Recommendation following the fatal Bell 525 flight test mishap of July 2016. This guidance accommodates the spectrum of flight test operations and the advantages of recorders to enhance flight test safety and execution (underpinned as a test data capture requirement, not just accident/incident causation tools).  The FTSC highly encourages the adoption of the recommended practices within test organization and/or program SOPs and policies.  We welcome any feedback on this guidance at chairman@flighttestsafety.org.

    In your service,

    Tom Huff
    Chairman
    Flight Test Safety Committee