FTSA Information

The Society

The Society was founded in 1987 to support and celebrate the achievements of the Australian flight test community.

The Society holds an annual symposium that serves as a forum for Australia flight test personnel to discuss recent activities and engage in the promotion of a professional, technically advanced and safe Australian flight test community.

The Society has affiliations with SETP, SFTE and RAeS. Our membership is broad including past and present personnel from Australian military flight test organisations as well members from Australia's leading universities and aerospace companies.

Our Mission

The mission of the Society is:

  • To promote the education of Society members, of other persons directly associated with aeronautical activities, and of the general public concerning endeavours particular to the profession of flight testing. 
  • To promote the advancement of flight safety by providing a forum for expression of professional opinion on flight test activities in particular and flying operations in general.
  • To promote technical advancement by providing for professional education through lectures, displays and presentations and by the exchange of information to assist the development of improved flight test techniques. 
  • To promote sound aeronautical design and development. 
  • To broaden professional relationships among members and to maintain and increase the prestige, standing and influence of flight test personnel in aeronautical progress. 
  • To co-operate with any like associations, in particular the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Society of Flight Test Engineers, and other bodies as the Committee may decide. 

For more information regarding membership see our membership page or Join today.

 FTSA Committee Members 2016

President - James Hagan

 

Vice President - Claude Daniel

Claude is a Test Engineer and currently the National Competency and Training Manager for Nova Systems. Claude has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Science (Flight Dynamics).

 

Secretary - Ron Haack

Ron is a Qualified Test Pilot and currently a 747 pilot with Qantas. Ron is a graduate of Empire Test Pilots School and spent 25 years working for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) prior to moving to commercial aviation.
 

Treasurer - Mike Hardie

 

Membership Officer - Benjamin Liersch

 Ben is a Flight Test Engineer and is currently serving in the Royal Australian Air Force as staff officer to the Delegate of the Safety Authority for Flight Test. Ben is a graduate of Empire Test Pilots School and was previously posted to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit working on a range of KC-30A boom aerial refuelling clearance programs including F-16C, C-17A, B-1B, A-10C and B-52H.
 

General Member -Guy Adams

Guy is a Flight Test Engineer and currently the Director of Unmanned Aerial Systems for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Previously he was employed as a FTE with the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) and worked on F18 Hornet and Eurocopter Tiger flight test programs. Guy is a past President of FTSA.

Historical Officer - AVM (Retd) Robert Richardson

Immediate Past President - Richard Woodward

Richard is a Qualified Test Pilot and currently an A380 captain with Qantas. Richard is a graduate of Empire Test pilots School and spent 13 years working for the Royal Australian Air Force prior to moving to Qantas as an airline pilot.