SFTE Board of Directors
2018-2020

President

North Texas Chapter
Lockheed Martin 

  • BSAE UT Arlington with Performance and FQ flight test course work
  • 35 years of flight test engineering at General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin Flight Test  
  • X-59, F-35, X-35, AFX, VISTA/F-16, EC-130V, F-16, YF-22A, Cessna 208
  • SFTE Fellow, AIAA Associate Fellow & Flight Test Tech Committee
  • 6 SFTE technical papers and Safety Workshop presentations
  • Chaired, organized, led 4 International SFTE Symposiums and 6 Sectional Symposiums with SETP/AIAA
  • SFTE President 1998-2000 & Board 1996-98, 2000-02; North TX Chapter President, 1992-96, 2012-18 

Vice President

Kevin Welch
Seattle Chapter
Boeing
  • Test Director Boeing Company
  • 737 MAX, 737-7, 747-8F, 767-2C, 787-9
  • SFTE Board of Directors 2016-18, Flight Test Safety Committee
  • Event Chairman for Seattle SFTE 50th Anniversary Celebration

Secretary

Richard Starke
Antelope Valley Chapter
The Spaceship Company

  • BSME University of Cape Town, South Africa; MSC FTE National Test Pilot School
  • FTE at The Spaceship Company, Mojave, CA
  • SFTE Secretary 2016-18, Antelope Valley Chapter Board of Directors 2014-16
  • Best of Session paper at 2013 SFTE Symposium

Treasurer

Jeff Canclini
North Texas Chapter
Lockheed Martin

  • BSAE And MSAE
  • 35 years in Aviation, 10 technical publications
  • Flight Operations Manager and Tech Fellow, Lockheed Martin
  • SFTE Fellow; SFTE Board of Directors 2016-18
  • F-35, F-16, and NASA flight test programs as an FTE and test WSO
  • Former Navy CO and distinguished USAF Test Pilot School Graduate, Class 86A
  • 3,300 hours in 26 fixed and rotary wing aircraft with commercial multi-engine pilot rating

Director

Dr. Vanessa Bond
Emerald Coast Chapter
Bond Enterprises

  • BSAE USAF Academy, MSAE Boston Univ, PhD AFIT, USAF TPS Class 98A
  • Over 25 Years Aviation Experience
  • Retired USAF Colonel
  • CEO and Chief Technologist at Bay Engineering and Technologies LLC

Director

Jake Kiehlmeier
Patuxent River Chapter

US Navy NAVAIR

  • BSAE Penn State University
  • 9 Years experience on Carrier and Amphibious Assault Ship , F-18, Unmanned Carrier Aviation, X-47B, MQ-4C, Navy Air Traffic Control
  • Test and Evaluation Manager, Navy Air Traffic Control, NAS Patuxent River
  • Patuxent River Chapter President 2015-18

Director

Andrew Gibson

Rocket City Chapter

US Army Aviation

  • 10 Years FTE, US Army’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate
  • AH-64D&E Apache, C-12 and MARSS variants, C-26, C-27, OH-58D, IA-407, H-60 variants, UAS testing (Shadow, Scan Eagle, Soldier Borne Sensors, various smalls)
  • Private pilot, PE certification 
  • SFTE Rocket City Chapter Co-founder (Huntsville,  AL) and President 2017-18

Director

Peggy Swassing
Antelope Valley Chapter
NASA Retired

  • BSEE Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • 30 years of flight test for Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, NASA and Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB

SFTE Past Board of Directors

2016 - 2018    Board of Directors

2014 - 2016    Board of Directors

2012 - 2014    Board of Directors

2010 - 2012    Board of Directors

2008 - 2010    Board of Directors

2006 - 2008    Board of Directors

2004 - 2006    Board of Directors

2002 - 2004    Board of Directors

2000 - 2002    Board of Directors

1998 - 2000    Board of Directors

1996 - 1998    Board of Directors

1994 - 1996    Board of Directors

1992 - 1994    Board of Directors

1990 - 1992    Board of Directors

1988 - 1990    Board of Directors

1986 - 1988    Board of Directors

1984 - 1986    Board of Directors

1982 - 1984    Board of Directors

1980 - 1982    Board of Directors

1978 - 1980    Board of Directors

1976 - 1978    Board of Directors

1974 - 1976    Board of Directors

1973 - 1974    Board of Directors

1972 - 1973    Board of Directors

1971 - 1972    Board of Directors

1970 - 1971    Board of Directors

1969 - 1970    Board of Directors