Flight Test Safety Committee

The Flight Test Safety Committee (FTSC) was formed jointly in November 1994 by members of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). These and numerous additional organizations presently comprise the FTSC. The purpose of the FTSC is to initiate and sustain a flight test related safety organization intended to promote flight safety, reduce the risk of mishap, promote risk reduction management and continually improve the profession's communication and coordination.

Tom Huff

Aviation Safety Officer
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Tom Huff was named to the newly created position of Aviation Safety Officer in 2012, reporting directly to the Gulfstream President as an independent safety advocate. He provides oversight to the comprehensive Safety Management System and associated safety programs for all flight operations including experimental test, production test, demonstration and corporate flights. Moreover, he champion’s a corporate culture that embraces safety and quality as foundational values.  

Huff recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years, with significant operational, test and acquisition experience. He led an FA-18 squadron as well as the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. His last assignment was Wing Commander for Navy and Marine Corps test programs at Patuxent River, Maryland.

Huff holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in foreign affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Gulfstream representative to the Military Affairs Council of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.