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.

John Hed, FAA

John Hed

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Currently a Sr. FTE in the FAA’s Northwest Flight Test Section, located in the Seattle area.  Responsible for certification of civil aircraft and aeronautical products in the Northwest region of the US.  Also assists in accident investigations and continued operational safety issues.  Most recently, the FAA FTE lead on Boeing/USAF 767 Tanker civil certification flight test and the Epic E1000 certification. 

Previous positions:

  • FTE at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center testing air-to-air weapons
  • FTE with Martin Marietta testing reconnaissance systems.
  • FTE with USAF at Edwards AFB testing parachute systems and the B-1B offensive avionics.


  • 1982 – BS Aero, U of Minnesota
  • 1986 – MS Mechanical, Cal State Fresno
  • 1987 – USAF Test Pilot School, Class 86B, Edwards Air Force Base

Membership affiliations:

  • SFTE since ???  (a while!)  Former Seattle Chapter Treasurer

Areas of Expertise: FAA Certification, A/A weapons, Systems