European Flight Test Safety Award

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European Flight Test Safety Award of the first recipient Dr. Dieter Reisinger

The European Flight Test Safety Award was created after the fatal accident of test pilot Gérard Guillaumaud by his fiancée Heidi Biermeier. The regulations of the award state that recipients must be individuals who made significant contributions in the area of safety within flight testing.

Award Ceremony[edit]

The award was first granted in October 2007 in London at the award dinner concluding the 1st European Flight Test Safety Workshops. The workshop is hosted by the Flight Test Safety Committee of Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and of Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE). The recipient is nominated by a jury, consisting of two flight test experts and the founder of the award, Ms. Heidi Biermeier.


  • 2007 Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Dieter W. Reisinger, MSc (Austrian Airlines)
  • 2008 Gérard Temme of CertiFlyer B.V.
  • 2009 Patrick L. Svatek, (Flight test engineer at NAVAIR, now USNTPS Patuxent River)
  • 2010 Billie Flynn, (Experimental Test Pilot) Lockheed Martin,
  • 2011 General (retired.) Des Barker (CSIR), author of the book "Zero Error Margin - Airshow Display Flying Analyzed"
  • 2012 Capt. David C. Carbaugh, chief pilot, Boeing Flight Operations Safety
  • 2013 Maurice "Moe" Girard, senior engineering test pilot, Bombardier
  • 2014 Gulfstream
  • 2015 Daniel Schwenzel (Airbus Helicopters)

Workshop Locations and Theme[edit]

  • 2007 London
  • 2008 Amsterdam
  • 2009 Vienna, "First Flight"
  • 2010 London
  • 2011 Salzburg, "Displaying Prototype Aircraft - Risks and Preparation"
  • 2012 Salzburg, "Loss of Control - Tackling Aviation's #1 Killer"
  • 2013 Amsterdam, "Human Machine Interface and Flight Deck Design"
  • 2014 Manching, "Safety Management Systems in Flight Test Organizations"
  • 2015 Aix-en-Provence, "Finding the Black Swan"

There is also an annual North American Flight Test Safety Workshop.

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