AW609 Tiltrotor and Crew Lost on Test Flight

On October 30, the flight test community suffered a sad loss when the second prototype AW609 crashed in Italy, with Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran on board. The pilots were well known in the SFTE community and had delivered several presentations at our symposia.

Please keep Pietro, Herb and their families in your prayers and thoughts.

Papers from the SFTE EC Symposium 2015

Papers from the 24th Annual SFTE EC Symposium is now available on the Papers section.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Program

The flyer is now updated with the current program for the symposium.
Read all details in the
SFTE EC Symposium 2015 Flyer
Below are some of the information in separate files:
The program (updated with more details)
Map of Seville
Transport guide from Madrid Airport to Atocha Trainstation

Read the following dossier for inspiration and information about Seville
Seville PRESS dossier 2015

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Registration


Read all details for the symposium in the
SFTE EC Symposium 2015 Flyer

Read the following dossier for inspiration and information about Seville
Seville PRESS dossier 2015

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Invitation

The 26th symposium of the SFTE European chapter will take Place 6-8 October 2015 in Seville Spain. The School for engineers of the university of Seville will be our host.
The theme for this year is “Flight Test, where no one has gone before”.
Certainly most of the work on flight test has to do with opening the envelope and go beyond to the unexplored to check that what theory and simulations were right. Where no one has gone before. Seville is also the home of the Airbus Defence & Space Flight Test Center. Here is where most of the test in military aircraft in Europe are managed.

All details can now be found in the
SFTE EC Symposium 2015 Flyer

Read the following dossier for inspiration and information about Seville
Seville PRESS dossier 2015

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Call for Papers - New deadline for abstracts

The 26th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be hosted by INTA and the "Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Sevilla" 6-8 October 2015 in Seville, Spain.

The symposium theme is “Flight Test, where no one has gone before”

Update 2: Deadline for abstracts: 30th of June 2015
Notification to authors: 15th of July 2015
Final paper submission: 15th of September 2015

Read where to submit your paper in the Call for Papers Flyer

Accident of A400M in Seville

Saturday 9th of May 2015, a fatal accident involving an A400M happened in Seville, Spain. It was the first flight of the production aircraft MSN 023. A crew of 6 members was on board, two Test Pilots and four Flight Test Engineers. As consequence of the crash four people died: the two test pilots and two Flight Test Engineers. The other two were severely injured. The two test pilots deceased were: Jaime de Gandarillas and Manuel Regueiro. The Flight Test Engineers were Gabriel Garcia Prieto and Jesualdo Martínez. From the SFTE we would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, and the full Spanish flight test community.


Jesualdo Martínez Ródenas.
He was Major in the spanish airforce. Military pilot, he completed the Master in Flight Test from the University Polytechnic of Madrid. He started to work for Airbus Defence & Space as Test Engineer in the P-3 modernisation program. Later he became involved in all the turboprop test programs from the company (CN-235 and C-295). Recently he was assigned to the A400M program as Flight Test Engineer.

He was married, with two sons.
Jesualdo joined the Society in 2013. He participated in the European symposium in Braunschweig and in the international symposium in Forth Worth. He was currently the European representative in the Technical Council.

We all will miss his enthusiasm and strength. He was always ready to participate and, really became a strong support for the society in a very short time. From the flight test community we would like to express our condolences and sorrow to family and friends.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Call for Papers - New deadline for abstracts

The 26th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be hosted by INTA and the "Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Sevilla" 6-8 October 2015 in Seville, Spain.

The symposium theme is “Flight Test, where no one has gone before”

Update: Deadline for abstracts: 1st of June 2015
Notification to authors: 15th of June 2015
Final paper submission: 15th of September 2015

Read where to submit your paper in the Call for Papers Flyer

The SFTE EC Symposium 2015 - Call for Papers

The 26th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be hosted by INTA and the "Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Sevilla" 6-8 October 2015 in Seville, Spain.

The symposium theme is “Flight Test, where no one has gone before”

Update: Deadline for abstracts: 1st of June 2015
Notification to authors: 15th of June 2015
Final paper submission: 15th of September 2015

Read where to submit your paper in the Call for Papers Flyer

SFTE member fatality

The membership of the European Chapter would like to express our sincere regrets over the loss of ‘Galactic’ and the tragic loss of Michael Alsbury. We of the flight test community follow our chosen profession with great enthusiasm, aware of the risks and try our hardest to minimise these wherever possible.

Most of us are aware of and depend upon the support of our loved ones as we pursue our dreams in an exacting profession, absorbed by the thrill of adventure, and technical advance working with colleagues we rely upon for our whole wellbeing.It is easy to forget that we are not alone, our families are always with us and face the consequences of any misadventure.

It is difficult to think of anything appropriate to say when the worst happens, such occurrences are less frequent, since the flight test community has grouped together with safety as our prime concern. Those of us who have experienced similar situations, are aware of a sense of loss, and try even harder to prevent a recurrence

Our group is affected in just such a way now, and although distance robbed us of the privilege of knowing Michael well, we are deeply aware of a sense of loss.

Please be aware of our love and support.

Written by David Gibbing

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