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 an FTE in the FAA’s Seattle Aircraft Certification Office.  Responsible for certification of civil aircraft and aeronautical products in the Northwest region of the US.  Most recently FAA lead on Boeing 787-8 certification flight test.  Currently lead for 767 Tanker civil certification flight test.

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 EDW testing parachute systems and B-1B offensive avionics


  • 1982 – BS Aero, U of Minnesota
  • 1986 – MS Mechanical, Cal State Fresno
  • 1987 – USAF Test Pilot School, EDW

Membership affiliations:

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