Words have the power of life and death. With a single word, we can command the abort of a dangerous flight test maneuver, but the power of our words extends beyond the cockpit and the control room to the cubicle
December is finally here, and we are bringing you an early present, the final issue of Flight Test Safety Fact for 2021. This issue has headlines from the past year, recommendations for podcasts, and even an award winning symposium paper.
Ever wonder what life is like as a hang glider test pilot? (I’m not sure I had that particular thought, but I’ve often imagined what it would be like to fly a hang glider.) This month’s feature article is written
The US is about to celebrate our Independence Day, which is an event that is part of our culture but also a sign that it’s peak growing season for corn and soybean and every other crop that drones are sensing
I once heard someone say that when you get your pilot certificate (or wings), you get issued two metaphorical buckets: A bucket full of luck and an empty bucket labeled “experience.” The object is to fill the latter one up before
If you could travel back in time (something Turbo discusses inside this month’s edition) to continue your work as a flight test professional, but you can’t tell anyone that you are from the future, and further suppose that all you
Editor’s note: WigB wrote this response when asked to review the article Better than Lessons Learned. I don’t think I completely agree with your conclusion. When I was a project pilot I deliberately found all the information I could on
Two serendipitous things happened this week. I.In the first case, I was in a virtual meeting with a group of four other test professionals—friends, really—our conversation wandered about pleasantly, like a river in the flatlands. In the course of our
How often have you heard the term “Lessons Learned”? If you attended this year’s SETP virtual symposium, you heard it a lot. If you have been in this business for more than a few years, you have heard it a lot.
It seems like just yesterday I opened my email and found that Dave Houle had emailed a personal story about the C-17 first flight. He watched it from a hill overlooking the field where he worked. Dave was a distinguished