Society of Test Pilots Indian Section will be conducting a symposium on 06 and 07 Oct 2022. This will be a hybrid event and is to be held at Bangalore. We are calling for papers to be presented at this event. All interested presenters are requested to submit an abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. Publishing of papers is optional. Symposium chairman is Gp Capt K K Venugopal VM (Retd), Chief Test Pilot (FW), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots - Indian Section
The Test Pilot community stands at the cusp of a revolution today. While AI and automation are the new buzzwords to enhance safety and reduce workload, hull losses continue to occur which are traced back to humble legacy pitot static systems and angle of attack vanes. Assumptions made by design teams fail in the real world with catastrophic consequences. All these areas rely on the domain expertise of the test pilot and require the community to step up and provide the necessary inputs to ensure Flight Safety. The community is responsible for the safety of the end users – the military and civilian pilots. It is an onerous task and a heavy burden.
Seldom has progress in any area been as spectacular as it has been in the realm of aerospace. A pilot from the first part of the twentieth century would be awestruck at the level of technology available in the cockpit today. The Test Pilot community has been a witness to the entire evolution, supporting it and providing the vital safety oversight. Where the Test Pilot inputs were sought well in time and considered, the program has benefited. Where this was not done or done late, the results can be inefficient at best and catastrophic at worst.
There is an old saying that there are no lessons learnt, only lessons relearnt. While this may be debatable, what is clear is that a formal means for lessons learnt dissemination plays a vital part in Flight Test Safety. This was the priority identified by the Indian members of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots when they started discussions among themselves to form a local Indian Section of the SETP in Bangalore. The case was taken up formally in the form of a petition on 18 Feb 2020. The SETP board of directors approved the formation of an Indian Section on 19 Mar 2020, initially as a Chapter, with progress to be reviewed after one year of operations. The Board of Directors reviewed the progress of the Indian Chapter during the SETP board meeting on 22 Apr 2021 and approved the issue of a Charter for the Indian Section. The Indian Section shares in the Vision of SETP and is committed to following the SETP constitution as well as all the laid down SETP processes.
The Indian Section seeks to enhance Flight Test Safety in the country by providing a platform for exchange of lessons learnt, technical expertise on flight test techniques, technological advances in aerospace and a pool of professionals who can be called upon to mentor young professionals entering the field as well as cross program pollination of knowledge.
The test pilot is probably the sole common denominator of manned aerospace progress. SETP is unique in being exclusively a tool of the manned aerospace industry. The Indian Chapter of SETP aims to provide knowledge resources to the Indian Test Pilot community as they go about their task of seeking and reporting the truth. This website is the primary communications platform for the members
News & Events
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which met under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, approved procurement of 15 indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Limited Series Production (LSP) at the cost of ₹3,887 crore along with infrastructure sanctions worth ₹377 crore.
With the launch of the Dibrugarh-Pasighat flight on Tuesday, the Do-228 will be starting its second innings in the country’s northeast.
Impressed with the performance of the armed version of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to buy more such copters for high-altitude operations in the Himalayas and the desert sector on the western front.
In This Issue: Your Words Matter – How we talk when we disagree (outside of the cockpit/control room) is part of culture we haven’t mastered.
2D Risk Matrix – Rod Huete presents an op-ed about subjective probability and the 2D risk matrix from FAA order 4040.26C
Turbo Talk – Turbo shares insight regarding the necessity to implement lessons learned and makes a plug for the FTSW.