The numbers vary slightly depending on who reports them and what accidents we categorize as “flight test,” but the data send the same message. Tom Huff, Flight Test Safety Committee Chairman, reported these facts during the 2018 Flight Test Safety Workshop and again in a recent edition of the SETP Cockpit magazine. During the 2018 SETP Annual Symposium, Douglas “Beaker” Wickert quoted the exact numbers above in his presentation on “Risk Awareness: A New Framework for Risk Management in Flight Test” to accompany his paper on the same topic. The video from his talk is available for SETP members at setp.org. In an interview, Beaker agreed to share his slides and paper for feedback, exercise, and the benefit of others.
Beaker, Huff, and many more agree, we need to explore ways to communicate better, and this newsletter is just one small step in that experiment. Beaker also said he was not aware of the Flight Test Safety Committee. We need to reach every member of SETP, every member of SFTE, and everyone who has attended a workshop in the last two years. More steps will follow as we experiment with many things–sharing the audio from Beaker’s talk in a different medium, exploring ways to report on Flight Test Safety papers presented at SETP and SFTE with a wider audience and doing it faster, and telling your stories.
It’s time for you to do something:
- Tell your story: Email the FTSC Chairman or the FTF editor.
- Tell Beaker thank you: Forward a personal note to the editor, and I will introduce you both by email.
- Forward this article to one more person.