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Coastal Empire Chapter has a second SFTE guest speaker of 2017, Eric Fallabel!


When: Wednesday, August 16 6-8pm

           6:00 Social – Beverages available via cash bar

           6:30 Dinner – Chicken Provencal with lemon shallots, broccoli and apple salad, pasta salad, roasted vegetables, pavlova with cream and fruit

           7:00 Presentation


Where: Savannah Coffee Roasters (215 W. Liberty st.)


Topic: AW609 Mishap Case Study


Details: $20/person


Please register for the event here:         


NOTE: Your seat is not reserved until payment is complete


Eric Fallabel has worked in military flight test for 11 years on the V-22 Osprey and the CH-53K King Stallion. Eric began his career as a Flying Qualities/Flight Controls engineer at Boeing and later moved to work for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as a civilian flight test engineer. Eric was a tester on the V-22 program throughout the follow-on envelope expansion and development program in support of initial deployments of the aircraft. Eric was the Flying Qualities Test Lead and is currently the Air Vehicle Team Lead on CH-53K, bringing the aircraft through ground test, first flight of all four test aircraft, and into Low-Rate Initial Production. Eric is considered one of the top Flying Qualities/Flight Controls engineers at NAVAIR and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the development of tilt rotor and rotary wing technology.

This brief examines the events that led to the AW609 Civil Tiltorotor's departure from controlled flight during high-speed envelope expansion testing. This includes an examination of aerodynamic factors, flight control system design, and flight test buildup and knock-it-off criteria definition.


We encourage you to read the mishap report prior to the brief and to come with questions/opinions/discussion points:



Hope to see you there,


Jennifer Uchida

Society of Flight Test Engineers

Coastal Empire Chapter President