by Lauren McKay

This article first appeared in the April 2016 Flight Test News.

SFTE’s Patuxent River Chapter has completed a number of accomplishments over the past year in an effort to revive the chapter and strengthen the flight test community in the Pax River area. The Chapter Bylaws were reviewed in January and updated to reflect current initiatives and chapter status. In February, the Chapter held Executive Officer elections. SFTE Patuxent River would like to introduce their new Executive Committee: President Jake Kiehlmeier (pictured below, left), Vice President Seth Shaw, Secretary Charity Ayre, and Treasurer Lauren McKay. 

The Chapter would also like to congratulate the recipients of the 2015 Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) Awards. NTWL is composed of Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons Two Zero (VX-20), Two One (HX-21), and Two Three (VX-23), as well as Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate (UASTD), and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS).  NTWL is the Navy’s principal flight and ground test activity for the development and acquisition of aviation systems. SFTE Patuxent River sponsors the Flight Test Engineer of the Year Award. The award recipients were as follows: Test Pilot: LCDR Matthew S. Dominick (SFTE Patuxent River Chapter Member); Test Naval Flight Officer:  LT Kyle M. Beilke; USN TPS Instructor: CDR Daniel R. Fucito; Flight Test Engineer: Mr. Benjamin J. Brierty (pictured below, right); Maintenance Officer: LCDR Anthony D. Pink, and Maintenance Chief Petty Officer: ATC(AW) Carey D. Zielke.

In March, the Patuxent River Chapter hosted a Brown Bag Discussion on the topic “Drift into Failure” (based on the book “Ten Questions About Human Error: A New View of Human Factors and System Safety”, by Sidney Dekker). The chapter also hosted  a technical meeting on Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) located at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The unit patch is pictured here.

This article first appeared in the April 2016 Flight Test News.

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