2.4 Corporate Members
Corporations and companies whose business or interests are related to flight-testing
are encouraged to be "Corporate members" in the Society; at present they are
(European in bold type):
|Merlin Engineering Works, Inc.|
|Aeronautical Development Agency|
|National Aerospace Laboratory NLR|
|Bombardier Flight Test Center|
|National Test Pilot School|
|British Aerospace PLC|
|Northrop Grumman Corporation|
|Computer Sciences Corporation|
|Photo-Sonics International Ltd.|
|Data General Corporation|
|Defence Materiel Administration|
|S.T. SPARTA, Inc.|
|EADS Airbus, GMBH|
|Saab Scania AB|
|Embraer-Emprsea Brasileira de Aeronautica|
|Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)|
|The Boeing Company|
|Hughes Electronic Commerce|
|University of Kansas|
|Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.|
|University of Tennessee Space Institute|
The Society is subdivided into ten local main groups named "Chapters", as follows:
, Lancaster, California
, Patuxent River, Maryland
, Seattle, Washington
, Shoreham, New York
, Marietta, Georgia
, Long Beach, California
, St. Ann, Missouri
, Ft. Worth, Texas
, Wichita, Kansas.
Contrarily to what applies to most chapters the European members are distributed among many different
2.6 Technical Council
The Technical Council (TC) was established in 1987 after it received the approval by
the SFTE Board.
The concept was developed by George Gayes and the Long Island Chapter in 1984;
working group meetings began in April 1986.
Gene Zehr was the first Chairman and the European Chapter joined the TC in 1989.
The charter to be fulfilled is:
- Promote society technical exchange activities
- Produce the SFTE technology notebook
- Provide leadership for SFTE member professional development
- Promote open discussion of technical issues
- Represent the society in co-ordination with other professional
To perform the task the TC consists of a Chairman, a Steering Group, a Secretary
and four sections, namely Publications and Technology Notebook - Workshop and
Symposium (Techn. Exchange) - Telecommunications - Finance.
The TC originally met quarterly but for quite some time has been using video and
telecon facilities for meetings. This has led to more frequent meetings and reduced
The TC reports to the SFTE Board of Directors and presents a report at the business
meeting preceding the Annual Symposium.
The Society publishes a Newsletter, "Flight Test News", and once each month, which
provides the members with an opportunity to keep abreast of the latest flight test
developments and activities of their fellow members. In connection with general or
local Symposia, Proceedings are normally published and made available to the
members and the aerospace community.
Most are now available on the web site.