Since 1957, professionals in the international flight test community have gathered amongst friends and colleagues at the annual “S&B” to discuss new and emerging concepts and share lessons learned in the pursuit of enhanced flight test safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. The foundation for this interchange is the presentation of technical papers from SETP members and the flight test community at large.
Regardless of how long you have been involved in flight test, you have the potential to enlighten this symposium and our community. Whether you have accomplished something great, or perhaps feel as though you ought to have done better, you surely have some lessons that can educate your fellow flight test professionals.
Your lessons-learned give Symposium attendees the benefit of your experiences, but your audience also needs to hear what you did to ensure that future testers in your organization—and beyond—will not have to re-learn your lessons. The importance of being agents of change for the better in our organizations cannot be understated. Don’t neglect reporting how you turned your lessons into lasting change.