Flight Test Safety Fact 21-09

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 by a hang glider test pilot, one who has presented at SETP symposia before.  His topic this month hearkens back to a paper he presented (one you can download from the SETP website), but it incorporates his application of an idea found in a previous edition of this newsletter.

One company test safety manager also responded with an example of how he was using the same topic from a past newsletter in his bi-weekly safety meeting discussion.  

So to summarize: that’s reader feedback and participation in this medium that links to flight test safety resources in our other media and discussion inside yet another company.  *This* is exactly the kind of synergy that we intend to cultivate in our community.  So I’m delighted, and the topic also scratches my technical itch.

I hope you find the same utility in this month’s Flight Test Safety Fact, and if you have a question or idea, I hope you too send us your response or article.

Sincerely,

Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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Status of the Flight Test Safety Database

The NASA/FAA Flight Test Safety Database is back online and is useable, however, there are a couple of glitches. 

For the unregistered users: Once you select a THA,  the buttons at the bottom of the page to “save” and “save FAA” are available as usual, but the buttons to “”print” or “Print FAA” are inoperative.  Work is in progress to fix this.

For the registered users, the DATA SUBMISSION button on the left column is operative but incomplete, there is no way to submit a new THA or revise  an existing THA.  Work is in progress to fix this.

In the meantime, THAs can be submitted as a word document to Glenn Graham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://ftsdb.grc.nasa.gov/

New Podcast Episode - EP21 - Interview with Rich Lee – With Everyone Watching, Risk and High Visibility Events (Part 1)

This month we take a look at the risk involved in high visibility events.  And what better high visibility event than a Super Bowl halftime show watched my millions of people.  Join my guest Rich Lee and I as we discuss his experience landing a helicopter during the Super Bowl 30 halftime show...

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHohGSKfgQ0

Rich Lee's Bio: (Direct Download Link)


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New Podcast Episode - Talk With CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret), Author and Commander for 5 Space Shuttle Missions (Part 2)

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Talk With CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret), Author and Commander for 5 Space Shuttle Missions

This month we finish our interview with CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret) and NASA Astronaut talking about trigger steps, questions he pondered with his space shuttle crew like "How do we prevent all errors?" and discuss using lessons learned.  Also, This Week in Aviation look-back, upcoming events, and more so find us on your favorite podcast site.

You can find CAPT Wetherbee's bio and link to his website below.

Jim Wetherbee Bio & Website


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Flight Test Safety Fact 21-07

The US is about to celebrate our Independence Day, which is an event that is part of our culture but also a sign that its peak growing season for corn and soybean and every other crop that drones are sensing all over the world (if you believe the headlines).  Both of those things appear prominently throughout this issue in conversations about culture. 

If you are keeping track of fashion trends, you’ll find one parenthetical about Turbo’s provocative clothing, but more importantly, there is also a trip down memory lane for Turbo… twenty years since Mission X.  Curious: look inside this edition for Turbo Talk.

You’ll also find some notes from our most recent podcast and a link to videos from the Flight Test Safety Workshop. 

Hopefully, the extra time off should give you time to digest everything in this issue, on the website, and maybe even to send us a email.

Sincerely,

Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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New Podcast Episode - Talk With CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret), Author and Commander for 5 Space Shuttle Missions

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Talk With CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret), Author and Commander for 5 Space Shuttle Missions

This month, in addition to our regular this week in aviation lookback and a quick update on the Monarch migration, we talk with CAPT Jim Wetherbee, USN (Ret), NASA Astronaut and Director and author of the book "Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World". You can find CAPT Wetherbee's bio and link to his website below.

Jim Wetherbee Bio & Website


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New Podcast Episode - Interview with Justin Paines - Thoughts on Commercial Electric Aircraft

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Interview with Justin Paines - Thoughts on Commercial Electric Aircraft

This month Turbo talks to an old friend and current Chief Test Pilot for Joby Aviation, Justin Paines, who shares some of his insights and thoughts on their electric VTOL aircraft.

You can find out more about Joby on their website https://www.jobyaviation.com/ and also check out their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnXilf0WzKWoIA1Y87KgqDw


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Flight Test Safety Fact 21-05

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 the first is empty.

This month, we ask you to consider "Lucky, or Good?" That question will take you to a presentation given during the April Virtual Symposium hosted by SETP, and there is at least one other talk that we recommend in this issue.

While you are online, go ahead and register for the Flight Test Safety Workshop. You will find the theme and a link to the registration inside.

As always, we would love to hear from you. Send us a note. Thank you for continuing to tell people about the newsletter, and keep sharing.

Sincerely,

Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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New Podcast - Batteries Included: Test Pilots Talk About the X-57 (Part 1)

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Batteries Included: Test Pilots Talk About the X-57 (Part 1)

This month we have part one of a two part interview with NASA Test Pilots Tim Williams and Wayne Ringelberg talking about the work they are doing on the X-57. They share lesson learned and some of the preparations they are doing as they approach first flight.  We will also take a peek at this month’s Flight Test Safety Fact and highlight some upcoming events.

Wayne Ringelberg Bio

Tim Williams Bio

General NASA X-57 Site

NASA X-57 Fact Sheet

Feature on the X-57 Simulator


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New Podcast - Batteries Included: Test Pilots Talk About the X-57 (Part 2)

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Batteries Included: Test Pilots Talk About the X-57 (Part 2)

This month we have part 2 of the interview with NASA Test Pilots Tim Williams and Wayne Ringelberg talking about the work they are doing on the X-57. They share lesson learned and some of the preparations they are doing as they approach first flight. 

Wayne Ringelberg Bio

Tim Williams Bio

General NASA X-57 Site

NASA X-57 Fact Sheet

Feature on the X-57 Simulator


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Flight Test Safety Fact 21-03

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 brought with you is your memory, what would you work on? And would it be easier or harder than you think?

I encountered this interesting thought experiment in a blog post that made several profound observations, but one really stood out:  “The idea of taking the output of a function and sticking it back in, over and over, is really simple. But nobody looked into it deeply until around 50 years ago.”

Sometimes we overlook simple ideas.

People have written whole books about why we should not overlook simple ideas.  In this month, however, you will only encounter a short op-ed introducing a simple idea that is statistically rigorous, and it applies to complex and complicated fields alike, including the intersection of artificial intelligence and flight test which continues to emerge.

This month’s editions highlights a formal accident report of an autonomous flying car crash and two more sundry observations from my ongoing survey of flight test news.  Finally, Turbo assigns homework, and the pdf includes three attachments in the paperclip menu of adobe acrobat.

So if you slow down long enough to enjoy this edition, let us know by email.

 

Sincerely,
Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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New Podcast Episode - Do You Know About The No Vote?

Flight Test Safety Committee Podcast Channel – New Episode - Do You Know About The No Vote?

It’s a small word, it's a simple word but it can be a big and impactful word when used.  This month’s focus is on the No-Vote.  We start with Space Shuttle astronauts talking about the Challenger and Columbia accidents and then I will share my experience with the No Vote as a pilot and as a leader.

BTW Did you know you can find our organizations on social media?  Here are a few links you can use to get connected:

FTSC LinkedIn

SFTE LinkedIn
SFTE Facebook
SFTE Instagram: @Societyofflighttestengineers & @sftevp

SETP LinkedIn
SETP Facebook


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Flight Test Safety Fact 21-01

Happy New Year.  A new page on the calendar gives us a great opportunity to talk about the newest topics in flight test and add to the discussion introduced by Turbo's panel of guests in the last podcast: AI and Autonomy.

How do we conduct a "literature review" for a system with no predecessor? And how do we ensure the lessons we learn in this cutting edge technology get shared in a timely manner? These are the kinds of questions we cover.

But this issue also includes a new look at an old topic: the Build up Approach.  Both articles have already generated a lot of discussion, and we hope they do the same for you.

As always, send us your feedback and ideas.

Sincerely,
Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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Flight Test Safety Fact 20-11

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.

But how often do we really learn those lessons, and how do we pass on those lessons to the next generation? And how do we prevent the lessons from being lost?

That's a lot of questions, but one thing is for sure--we cover the topic in great depth in this month's edition of the Flight Test Safety Fact.  It includes a paper from SETP and one speaker's related article from a previous edition of Cockpit.  It also includes Turbo Talk, the Chairman's reflections on lessons he has learned about incorporating lessons learned. 

The conversations the Board of Directors has already had around this topic give me hope that you will have many similar, productive conversations.  As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Sincerely,
Mark Jones Jr.
Editor

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