3.4.8 26th SFTE Annual Symposium "Open Sky", Berlin (June 19-23, 1995)
The 26th Annual Symposium in Berlin was a great success. It was well supported with
attendees from throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The symposium got off to a
great start with the keynote during the reception; a successful change of format. Herr
Hartmut Mehdorn, President Aircraft Group Dailmer-Benz Aerospace spoke about what
scope visionaries have in the modern aerospace world.
The first day of presentations started with the Open Skies theme and, during the panel
discussion that followed, it became apparent that there were many people not familiar with
this program and a very interesting discussion ensued.
In the afternoon, there was a unique mix of aircraft programs presented ranging from the
historical Fairey Rotodyne to the latest Boeing 777-200. Wednesday was equally
stimulating with the high point being the luncheon speech given by David Gibbings, the
1993 "Kelly" Johnson award winner. David kept his audience interested and amused by his
witty and thought-provoking words.
The final day of presentations was packed with some highly technical papers, which meant
that concentration was the order of the day. Topics included Techniques to Ensure the
Proper Rigging of Highly Augmented Aircraft and Testing of the SAAB 2000 Elevator
The Technical Committee again did a great job of organising the judging and presenting
the Best of Session awards. This year a new award was added for the paper judged Best
The task of judging the many fine
presentations seems to get more
difficult each year. Joe Turner and
his "volunteers" are to be
congratulated on their efforts
towards this scheme, which is
designed to encourage high
standards for presentations.
During the week the spouses were
very well cared for with several
interesting trips around East and
West Berlin, Potsdam and Sans-
Souci. A fascinating event that
coincided with the symposium was
the wrapping of the Reichstag by
artists Jeanne-Claude and Christo.
It was noted by the flight test
community that even this event
was delayed because of the
The Society was fortunate to have
Udo Drager, president SATIC
G.I.E. as the banquet speaker. He
provided some amazing statistics
on the A300-600 ST Airbus Super
The grand banquet
provided an enjoyable end to a
very successful week and took
place at the historic Opernpalais on
the famous Unter den Linden.
During the evening, the
presentation of the "Kelly" Johnson and Director's Awards were made. The recipients
were Joe Dunn for the "Kelly" Johnson Awards and William Cuttler for the Director's
Award. Judging by the reception they received from their SFTE colleagues they
proved to be very popular choices and were warmly congratulated by those present.
On Friday, those who took advantage of an opportunity to visit the BMW/Rolls Royce
Engine Test Facility at Berlin Dahlewitz were not disappointed by this impressive new