The SFTE EC Symposium 2017 - Announcement - Dates and Place

The SFTE EC is happy to announce that:
The 28th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be Co-organized with the 43rdEuropean Rotorcraft Forum – ERF 2017
Dates: September 12-15, 2017
Venue: Politecnico di Milano – Bovisa Campus, Milan, Italy

Call For papers and further information will be announced in the coming months.

New Logo for the SFTE European Chapter selected – contest winner awarded

During this year’s SFTE EC symposium the board of directors presented all proposals it received for the new-logo-contest.

Congratulations to Sebastian Burwitz, who was officially awarded on 29 June 2016 for winning the new-logo-contest 2016 of the Society of Flight Test Engineers – European Chapter. He submitted his proposal of a clear, compact, obvious, intuitive design. Sebastian’s proposal meets perfectly the announcement’s requirement to make reference to the original international SFTE logo. Furthermore, it clearly reflects the connection to Europe by making use of the iconic symbol of yellow stars on blue ground found in the European flag. The SFTE European Chapter’s board of directors expresses its gratitude to Sebastian’s great idea and honors his effort for a recognisable, easily understandable appearance we can be proud of.

A symbolic certificate was handed over to Sebastian Burwitz (left) by Sebastian Rommel, representative of the board of directors of SFTE EC.

Papers from the SFTE EC Symposium 2016

Papers from the 27th Annual SFTE EC Symposium is now available on the Papers section.

SFTE EC Logo Contest - More suggestions wanted

The Society of Flight Test Engineers European Chapter have an ongoing public contest for choosing a new Logo for the chapter.
The proposals should be in a vector or compound (e.g. svg or eps) image format.
Deadline for receiving the designs will be 1 st of May 2016.
The Design will have to contain or make reference somehow to the SFTE logo:

The SFTE EC Symposium 2016 - Program

Tuesday 2016-05-10

09:30 - 11:00 Late Registration
09:30 - 11:00 Traditional Bavarian Breakfast
11:00 - 11:30 Official Opening Ceremony including Press Event and Key Note Speech
11:30 - 12:00 Mission Impossible? The Balance between Performance and Safety (Mr. Fawcett)
12:00 - 12:30 BARRACUDA Presentation (Mr. Frattini)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break and Vendor Exhibition
Technical Session "Test and Analysis Methodes"
Session Chair: Jesús Javier Fernández Orío
13:30 - 14:00 A400M Parachutists Trajectory Calculation
14:00 - 14:30 Free Flying Scale Model Flight Testing
14:30 - 15:00 The Accuracy of the Flight Derivative Estimation using Flight Test Manoeuvres
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break and Vendor Exhibition
15:30 - 16:00 Flutter Testing at Spanish Airforce
16:00 - 16:30 Real Time Flutter Analysis in Flight Test
16:30 - 17:00 Efficient and Safe EMC Qualification for DLR Flight Tests
17:00 - 17:30 SFTE EC Business Meeting (SFTE EC Board Members)

Wednesday 2016-05-11

Technical Session "Flight Test Programs"
Session Chair: Paul Koks
09:30 - 10:00 Flight Testing Time and Energy Managed Operations
10:00 - 10:30 Finding a New Pacer Aircraft
10:30 - 11:00 Joined T & E; Intro of the A400M into the French AF
11:00 - 11:30 AM Break and Vendor Exhibition
11:30 - 12:00 MNEMOSINE Mark V. The Fifth Generation of a FTI System for an Ultralight Aircraft
12:00 - 12:30 FLARE: a Technology Validation used at the Italian Aerospace Research Centre
12:30 - 13:00 Optical Methodes to Calculate Relative Distances and Approach Speed during Refuelling Manoeuvres
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break and Vendor Exhibition
Technical Session "Test and Analysis Methodes & Certification"
Session Chair: Andrew Pegg
14:00 - 14:30 Flight Testing of a New Ultralight Airplane for LTF - UL Certification
14:30 - 15:00 Flight Envelope Expansion in the Light of Flight Test Performance and Safety
15:00 - 15:30 PM Break and Vendor Exhibition
Technical Session "Flight Test Safety"
Session Chair: Reinhard Exner
15:30 - 16:00 Safe Flight Tests, a Contradiction or Achieveable
16:00 - 16:30 Critical Thinking to improve Flight Test Safety and Ways to Implement
16:30 - 17:00 Flight Test of the BLUECOPTER Demonstrator: Innovative and Eco-Efficient Helicopter Design
17:00 - 17:30 Wrap-up and Handover of "Best Presentation Award"
19:30 - 23:00 Symposium Dinner (Casual Bavarian Evening)

Thursday 2016-05-12

08:30 - 17:00 Technical Tour: Airbus Helicopter Donauwörth

The SFTE EC Symposium 2016 - Registration

The 27th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be hosted in cooperation with etc2016 at Nürnberg Convention 10-12 May 2016 in Nürnberg, Germany.

Registration is now open.

Read about the registration options on the combined Conference - etc2016 - SFTE EC page.

The registration for the whole SFTE EC symposium 2016 is a one-checkbox-item called “10 + 11 May 2016” with a fee of either:

  • 420,00 € (EST / SFTE Member - SFTE EC Symposium) – for SFTE-members
    or
  • 480,00 € (Regulär - SFTE EC Symposium) – for non-SFTE-members

This fee includes the tour to Airbus Helicopters at Donauwörth on May 12!
The Bavarian evening is included in the complete-symposium-fee, spouses or one-day-registered can booked in addition (65€).
Everyone can also book single days, if one wants to stay one day only. The 12-May-tour cannot be booked solely.

You will find a link to the registration form below the registration fees table.

Read also the
Symposium Info Package Nürnberg

New SFTE EC Logo Contest

The Society of Flight Test Engineers European Chapter announces a public contest for choosing a new Logo for the chapter.
All proposals should be submitted to symposium2016@sfte-ec.org
The proposals should be in a vector or compound (e.g. svg or eps) image format.
Deadline for receiving the designs will be 1 st of May 2016.
The Design will have to contain or make reference somehow to the SFTE logo:


The jury will be formed by the SFTE European Chapter Board.

The winner will be announced and the new logo revealed during the 27 th symposium in Nuremberg, Germany from 10 th to 12 th of May 2106.
There will be no possibility of appeal or reclamation against the decision of the Board.
All rights for the selected design will go to the chapter.
The winner will be awarded with a suitable prize.

We appreciate your art works

Read the full New SFTE EC Logo Contest announcement

The SFTE EC Symposium 2016 - Call for Papers


The 27th SFTE European Chapter Symposium will be hosted in cooperation with etc2016 at Nürnberg Convention 10-12 May 2016 in Nürnberg, Germany.

The symposium theme is “Flight Test, Keeping the Balance Between Performance and Safety”

Abstract Submittal, Updated: February 14th, 2016
Notification of paper selection: Februari 28th, 2016
Final paper submittal: May 1st, 2016

Submit Abstract and Paper to symposium2016@sfte-ec.org


Find more details in the
Call for Papers Flyer (updated)

Read also the
Symposium Info Package Nürnberg

AW609 Tiltrotor and Crew Lost on Test Flight

On October 30, the flight test community suffered a sad loss when the second prototype AW609 crashed in Italy, with Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran on board. The pilots were well known in the SFTE community and had delivered several presentations at our symposia.

Please keep Pietro, Herb and their families in your prayers and thoughts.

Papers from the SFTE EC Symposium 2015

Papers from the 24th Annual SFTE EC Symposium is now available on the Papers section.

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