by Barbra Wood
"Kelly" Johnson Award
The Society periodically presents awards for recognition of excellence in flight test engineering and significant contributions to the Society. The award for excellence in flight test engineering is a single annual award known as the Kelly Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Flight Test Engineering, with the initial award having been presented to Clarence J. ‘Kelly’ Johnson at the 1973 Symposium.
|1973 || Clarence L. 'Kelly' Johnson||Lockheed Skunk Works
|1974|| Ronald A. Magnuson||Bell Helicopter
|1975|| Jack Strier||US Air Force
|1976|| Harold Cheney||McDonnell Douglas
|1977|| Richard Abrams||Rockwell
|1978|| Robert D. Samuelson||McDonnell Douglas
|1979|| Spirit 'TM' Flight Test Team||Sikorsky|
|1980|| Donald D. Archer||Boeing
|1981|| XV-15 Flight Test Team||Bell Helicopter
|1982|| Frederick W. Schaefer||Grumman
|1983|| Frederick N. Stoliker||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1984|| James H. Lincoln||Boeing
|1985|| Chester B. Payne||Lockheed
|1986|| Charles E. 'Pete' Adolph||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1987|| William E. Jennings||Bell Helicopter
|1988|| Eugene J. Zehr||McDonnel Douglas
|1989|| Kenneth W. Iliff||NASA Dryden Flight Research Center|
|1990|| Roger C. Crane||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1991|| Joint STARS Test Team||Grumman Melbourne Systems, USAF, US Army
|1992|| Donald R. 'Sam' Wyrick||Lockheed
|1993|| David E. Gibbings (Eur.Chapter)|| Westland Helicopters
|1994|| F-16 Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring Test Team||General Electric, Lockheed, US Air Force
|1995|| Joseper L. Dunn||Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
|1996|| Charles V. Van Norman||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1997|| Richard R. Hildebrand||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1998|| Anatoly G. Kruglov||Aviation Register, Russia
|1999|| R. Dale Reed||NASA Dryden Flight Research Center|
|2000|| Frank W. Burcham||NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
|2001|| Col. George Ka’iliwai III||USAF Test Pilot School
|2002|| Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Webb||Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft division
|2003|| X-31 Vector Flight Test Team||US Navy, Boeing, EADS, DLR, BWB, RJK Tech.
|2004|| Burt Rutan||Scaled Composites
|2005|| Johnny Armstrong||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|2006|| Gary L. Aldrich||USAF Test Pilot School
|2007|| Robert G. ""Bob" Hoey||US Air Force Flight Test Center
David Gibbings, Westland, European Chapter member,
received Kelly Johnson Award 1993
Mr. Anatoly G. Kruglov is Chairman of the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation
Committee, located in Moscow, Russia. In this position, Mr. Kruglov is chief of the
agency that handles all civil certification issues for the Confederation of Independent
In 1960, Mr. Kruglov began working as an aeronautical engineer at the State
Scientific Research Institute of the former aircraft, and he advanced within
this organisation to Chief of the Flight Test Branch. Since the first days of the
foundation of the State Aviation Register of the USSR (analogous to the
FAA in the USA) in 1974, Mr Kruglov worked in this body as Chief of the
Aircraft Certification Branch, then as department chief, and then as
Chairman of the Aviation Register. In spite of his many duties in this
position, he continues to participate directly in flight tests of the latest
aircraft, often serving as a flight crew member and flight test engineer.
Throughout his outstanding 38-year career in flight test engineering, Mr. Kruglov has
been directly involved in testing 97 types of civil airplanes and helicopters
manufactured in Russia, the Ukraine and several other countries. He has participated
in the flight tests of 47 aircraft types as flight crew member and flight test engineer.
During his career, Mr. Kruglov has specialised in many of the more critical test
phases, such as airspeed and g-load envelop expansion, high angle-of-attack tests,
engine and critical system failure testing, and flights in severe ambient conditions.
Among the programs he has conducted are the Tu-104 and Tu-154 flight tests
including full-scale simulation of critical flight modes, conducted to discover causes of
aircraft crashes; tests of the Tu-114 under excessive take-off gross weights and with
two engines failed and tests of the supersonic Tu-144.
In addition to Mr. Kruglov’s contributions in numerous flight test programs, he has
facilitated the development of new flight test methods and aircraft certification
processes, and significantly furthered the harmonisation of these processes between
the FAR (Federal Regulations) and JAR (Joint European Regulation). For his
contribution to aviation, he was awarded with governmental orders, as well as the
Yury Gagarin and Andrey Tupolev medals. He has helped develop a generation of
Russian and Ukrainian flight test engineers.
James S. McDonnell Award
The James S. McDonnell award was created to honor Flight Test Teams. The new Award has been named the “James S. McDonnell Award For Outstanding Team Achievement In The Field Of Flight Test Engineering” and will be awarded each year.
|2006 ||X-43A Flight Test Team||NASA Dryden|
|2007 ||EA-18G “Growler” Flight Test Team||Northrop Grumman Bethpage|
Northrop Grumman (ES) Baltimore
VX-23 NAS Patuxent River
VX-31, VX-9, Advanced Weapons Lab NAWC-WD China Lake
VX-30 NAS Pt Mugu
Recognition for significant and lasting contributions toward the welfare, stature, leadership, or membership of the Society is an award known as the Directors Award for Exceptional Dedication and Service to the Society of Flight Test Engineers. This award is given to a deserving individual(s) by the Society Officers and is presented to the recipient at the Annual Business Meeting or Symposium.
|1985 ||Robert D. 'Bob' Johnstone|
Roger H. Jones
|US Air Force Flight Test Center (Retired)|
|1986 ||Jack Strier ||US Air Force Flight Test Center (Deceased)
|1987 ||George P. Gayest|
Ronald E. Hart
US Air Force Flight Test Center
|1988 ||Clayton E. Houston ||Lockheed
|1991 ||Wim Dijkshoorn ||Fokker (Deceased)
|1992 ||John A. Taylor ||Veda
|1993 ||J. Roy Combley ||Boeing (Retired)
|1994 ||Gösta Niss ||Saab-Scania (retired)
|1995 ||William Cutler ||Northrop Grumman (Retired)
|1996 ||Roger L. Counts ||TYBRIN Corporation
|1997 ||Clifford E. Moore ||Boeing
|1998 ||Harold E. Weaver ||Boeing
|1999 ||Franz J. Enzinger ||Daimler Chrysler Aerospace, Germany
|2000 ||Alan R. Lawless ||National Test Pilot School
|2001 ||Allan T. Webb ||US Air Force Flight Test Center
|2002 ||Lee S. Gardner|
Darcy S. Painter
|Air Force Flight Test Center|
Air Force Flight Test Center
|2003 ||Dean Carico ||Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division
|2004 ||Joseph G. Turner|
Barbara A. Wood
|2005 ||Tom Briggs ||Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division
|2006 ||James Sergeant ||Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
|2007 ||John L. Minor ||US Air Force Test Pilot School
Four European Chapters members have been awarded the Director’s Award so far.
In 1991 Wim Dijkshoorn, first European Chapter President was awarded.
In 1994 the Society awarded the Directors' Award to Gösta Niss. Gösta has been a member of the
Saab-Scania Company since 1953 and holds a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. He
joined the Flight Test Department at Saab-Scania AB in Linköping, Sweden, as a flight test engineer
in flight dynamics and has devoted his entire professional life to the flight testing and evaluation
of all aircraft developed by Saab-Scania, from Saab 29, "The Flying Barrel", to the current
ongoing projects the JAS39 "Gripen" and the Saab 2000. Worthy of special mention is his
involvement with and important work on spin testing of both the Saab 35 "Draken" and the
Saab 37 "Viggen".
As test manager, Gösta Niss was responsible for the development of test methods
as well as for test instrumentation and data reduction.
Another area in which he has been deeply involved is the testing of advanced escape
systems for the Saab developed and produced military aircraft.
In 1990 he was appointed member of the "JAS Envelope Expansion Group". Proof of
his expertise is the fact that, at the time of retirement, he was requested to still
remain with Saab flight test for leading the group and carrying out the high incidence
trials of the JAS "Gripen".
Gösta Niss holds a pilot's license for single engine aircraft as well as for sailplanes,
and he has won several national and local awards in sport flying competitions.
Through his enthusiastic and professional approach to problems in many areas of
flight testing, especially flight dynamics and methods to describe and evaluate aircraft
behaviour, he has been a very important cog in the successful development of
aircraft in Sweden which have been in the forefront of technology. This has made him
a very good "teacher" for the new generations of flight test engineers.
He joined SFTE in 1971 as the first Swedish member (membership No. 500). The
results of his work through the years have been also given in three papers at SFTE
symposia in 1974, 1975, and 1978. Gösta was an eager promoter for the creation of
a European chapter in 1990 and was subsequently re-elected for another biennium.
In 1999 Franz Enzinger's commitment to helping lead the growth of the European
Chapter earned him the Directors' Award for exceptional dedication and service to the
Society of Flight Test Engineers. Franz is a Senior Member of the European Chapter. He
joined SFTE in 1987 and soon after became the Chapter representative on the Technical
Council, a position he held until June 1999. In 1993 he was elected Vice President of the
Chapter. From 1995 to 1999 he served two terms as President. He was Chairman and
led the organising committee for the 1992 European Chapter Symposium in Munich,
Germany and the 1995 26th Annual International Symposium in Berlin, Germany.
Since its foundation in 1987 Franz had played an active part in the growth of the
European Chapter and contributed significantly to what it represents today, some 200
members in 13 different countries.
Franz is also a graduate of the German Airforce/USAF Pilot Training and Fighter
Weapons School. As an operational pilot he flew more than 1000 hours in the Lockheed
F-104 G Starfighter. In 1976 he joined Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler
Chrysler Aerospace) as a flight test engineer on the Tornado programme. During his 17
years in flight test he held the positions of head of Avionics/Armament, Flight Test
Engineering, Flight Test Operations, Flight Test Manager Eurofighter and Deputy Director
Flight Test. In addition to his experience and involvement in all major flight test
programmes, between 1982 and 1986 he led the Avionics/Armament design team for the
future German/European fighter. Franz currently is the Director Marketing/Programmes
at the company's Manching plant.
In addition to his membership of SFTE, Franz is a member of AIAA, where he worked for
10 years on the Flight Test Technical Committee, a member of the Royal Aeronautical
Society and has published papers for SFTE Symposia, AIAA Flight Test Conferences,
ITEA and AGARD.
Society of Flight Test Engineers Fellow
The highest grade achievable in the Society is a Society of Flight Test Engineers Fellow. A Fellow has been a Senior Member in good standing for at least two years and has attained a position of notable distinction in the field of flight testing. Fellows are elected by their peers (those Fellows in good standing) and are awarded automatic lifetime membership in the Society along with the distinction and responsibility associated with this honor.
|1994 ||Richard Abrams ||Los Angeles, California (Deceased)
|1994 ||Charles E. Adolph ||Albuquerque, New Mexico
|1994 ||Roger C. Crane ||Lancaster, California (Deceased)
|1994 ||Jack Strier ||Lancaster, California (Deceased)
|1994 ||Eugene J. Zehr ||Manchester, Missouri (Deceased)
|1995 ||Donald D. Archer ||Clinton, Washington
|1996 ||Clayton E. Houston ||Marietta, Georgia
|1997 ||Charles V. Van Norman ||Wellington, Nevada
|1998 ||John W. Beckett ||Irving, Texas
|1999 ||Allan T. Webb ||Lancaster, California
|2000 ||Dave J. Houle ||Laguna Beach, California
|2001 ||James V. Upton ||Canyon Country, California
|2002 ||Randall C. Smith ||Arligton, Texas
|2003 ||William J. Norton ||California City, California
|2004 ||Franz-Josef Enzinger ||Lenting, Bavaria, Germany
|2005 ||Roger L. Counts ||Lancaster, California
|2006 ||Harold E. Weaver ||Ballwin, Missouri.
|2006 ||Ronald E. Hart ||Keizer Oregon
|2007 ||John L. Minor ||California City, California
|2007 ||James L. Seargeant ||Keller, Texas