The SFTE EC Symposium 2013 - Programme and Registration Information

The 24th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, premises in Braunschweig, Germany, from the 11th to the 13th of June 2013.

The programme for the SFTE EC Symposium 2012 is now available: Symposium Programme

The SFTE EC Symposium 2013 - Invitation and Registration

The 24th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, premises in Braunschweig, Germany, from the 11th to the 13th of June 2013.

Please read all about the symposium in the
Symposium Brochure.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2013 - Invitation and Information Brochure

The symposium theme is "Defeating Murphy’s Law in Flight Test”.

In flight test sometimes the most unlikely things happen. Who would have known that a simple series of pitot static tests would have to be stalled twice in two consecutive years because of volcano eruptions and that the pitot statics aircraft – DLR’s Falcon 20 - would be known today as Volcano Ash Hunter. But it does not require a volcano - sometimes it’s just the regular stuff like the weather, technical problems, the technician who goes skiing and breaks his leg the day before the campaign or request for visit forms which magically vanish. It can be the high risk testing which works out just fine and at the very moment when everyone thinks you’re done something completely unrelated to the test goes wrong.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2013 - Announcement and Call for Papers

The 24th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, premises in Braunschweig, Germany, from the 11th to the 13th of June 2013.

Defeating Murphy’s Law in Flight Test
In flight test sometimes the most unlikely things happen. Who would have known that a simple series of pitot static tests would have to be stalled twice in two consecutive years because of volcano eruptions and that the pitot statics aircraft – DLR’s Falcon 20 - would be known today as Volcano Ash Hunter.

Summary of the 23th SFTE EC Annual symposium

Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012-06-11/13)
Written by Paul Koks

The 23nd SFTE-EC Annual Symposium took place from June 11 through 13 at the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR in Amsterdam focused on “Flight Testing”. In those three days the NLR and NVvL (The Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers) hosted the 23rd symposium of the European Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE EC). The Theme of the symposium was ‘Finding the edge, setting the limits’ thus referring to the ongoing exploration of boundaries during test flights.

The opening of the symposium was performed by Mr. Fred Abbink, former General Director of NLR and president of the NVvL, with a very enthusiastic speech reflecting on a century of aviation in the Netherlands. The organization was very pleased to announce two keynote speakers. Mr. William 'Bill' Coutts (F-35 Flight Test Support & Verification deputy) from Lockheed delivered the first keynote speech focusing on the F-35 programme and Lt-Col. Tjebbe 'Speedy' Haringa (Chief Test Pilot Royal Netherlands Air Force) followed addressing to topic of decline of experience opportunities for young engineers.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2012 - Programme and Registration Information

The 23rd SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at National Aerospace Laboratory NLR premises in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 11th to the 13th of June 2012. The local organization of the symposium is in the hands of the Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers NVvL and National Aerospace Laboratory NLR.

The programme for the SFTE EC Symposium 2012 is now available: Symposium Programme

The SFTE EC Symposium 2012 - Invitation and Registration


The 23rd SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at National Aerospace Laboratory NLR premises in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 11th to the 13th of June 2012. The local organization of the symposium is in the hands of the Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers NVvL and National Aerospace Laboratory NLR.

The SFTE EC Symposium 2012 - Announcement and Call for Papers


The 23rd SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be held at National Aerospace Laboratory
NLR premises in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 11th to the 13th of June 2012.
The local organization of the symposium is in the hands of the Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers NVvL and National Aerospace Laboratory NLR.

You and your colleagues / organizations are hereby invited to submit papers for presentation during the symposium.

The theme of the symposium is:
Finding the edge, setting the limits

Chuck Yeager said:”Flight testing is potentially dangerous”. The flight test engineer is challenged to meet the test objectives without compromising flight and system safety.
Preparing a flight test programme requires a solid understanding of the flight tests to be performed, regulatory knowledge, limitation of the aircraft and means to deal with risk analyses and mitigation within his flight test organization. Papers reflecting these challenges will be favoured in the evaluation of papers. The abstract should especially point out the connection to the theme.

Deadline for abstracts: 9 March 2012

Summary of the 22th SFTE EC Annual symposium

Tolouse, France (2011-07-14/16)
Written by Denis Lafourcade

The 22nd SFTE-EC Annual Symposium took place at the Palais des Congrés in Toulouse. As it was the case in 1997 and 2003, the SFTE-EC Symposium was co-organized with ETTC 2011 (European Test and Telemetry Conference).

Dedication and personal involvement were necessary to get things done and I wish to express special thanks to:

  • Philippe Ferretti for his help in managing the technical programme
  • Elizabeth Tuffet, Maryse Bonnefont and Dominique Berbon for the handling of registrations as well as their involvement at the front desk during the three days
  • Alain Maury for the preparation of the Airbus booth in the exhibition and all the logistic affairs before and during the event
  • The ETTC Board (Guy Destarac, Jean-Claude Ghnassia and Alice Torgue) for their friendly and efficient contribution
  • The SFTE-EC Board (Henk Jentink, Christian Buck, Jesus Javier Fernandez Orio, Massimo Longo, Andrew Pegg, Rudolf Heinzinger, Reinhard Exner) for their active support all along these difficult months
  • The Airbus Flight & Integration Test Centre management, Fernando Alonso and Gérard Mathieu, who accepted to sponsor the Symposium. Without their help, the event should not have been a success.

Tuesday, June 14th
A plenary session gathering participants of the two events took place in the morning. Fernando Alonso, Head of the Flight and Integration Test Centre of Airbus welcome participants and presented a status of the main programmes under development (A400M, A350, Neo), as well as the future challenges to be faced by Flight Test Engineers. Then Guy Destarac, Treasurer of ETTC and Henk Jentink, President of SFTE-EC had the opportunity to welcome on their turn participants and to open the first session of presentations.

Pictures from the SFTE EC Symposium 2011

Pictures from the 22th Annual SFTE EC Symposium is now available on the SFTE EC Symposia section

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