January 20th was the 45th anniversary of the accidental first flight of the YF-16.  This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like “some of us” have not learned our lesson yet, with accidental first flights recurring in the closing months of 2018.  Read more in this month’s edition of the Flight Test Safety Fact, and then if you know either pilot, send them a copy of this newsletter as we continue to try to *reach everyone.*

This edition also documents more innovations and experiments in flight test safety with a report on STPA–if you don’t know what this acronym means, you’ll have to read “It Didn’t Work”, the second feature column in this month’s edition.  

Finally, we share some of the feedback we received from the first edition and the questions they raised.

As always, send feedback, suggestions, and requests for future newsletter topics to mark@flighttestfact.com or chairman@flighttestsafety.org.

Download Flight Test Safety Fact, 19-02.

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