Flight Test Safety Committee
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Inside this month's issue, the Flight Test Safety Committee cordially invites you to attend the free vFTSW (virtual Flight Test Safety Workshop) and shares the lineup of speakers and topics. It includes a link to the registration for the workshop.
Tom Huff also shares resources at the intersection of the novel coronavirus and aviation, explaining where you can find them on our website. Then he pulls tight on the "bowline of SMS," an analogy from his days as the skipper, but a poignant one reminding us to keep the ball moving downfield in our SMS efforts.
Before you know it, AI will be part of our safety critical systems, and that's what we share in the last column. There you'll find a brief introduction to a speaker from a recent Symposium: Megan Burk discussed the necessity to formally and rigorously prepare test and evaluation professionals for aerospace autonomous systems. She has agreed to allow us to share the video of her talk, and you will find a link to the audio and video herein.
As always, share this newsletter (virtually, so you can maintain the appropriate physical distance) and send questions, comments, or ideas.
Mark Jones Jr.
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I truly hope this newsletter finds you well. Everyone feels the effects of the crisis that has gripped the world, and as you probably know, the FTSC has postponed the Workshop in Denver until 2021. You can find out more details inside, in the Chairman's Corner, and it includes his request for your input: Do you want a remote Workshop? Are you listening to the podcast? What topics do you want to read or hear more about?
Since it's likely you have some extra time on your hands, I've included a more lengthy discussion on a topic that is woven into the fabric of almost everything in this modern age: Big Data. We collect more data. Our computers can process more data. There is more data. So what? That's the question we try to answer inside.
Mark Jones Jr.
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