Mr Jim Fawcett - Hurry, Worry or What-not: Minimising the Flight Testing Risks
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AEDT)
Mr Jim Fawcett, Lead Flight Test Engineer at Airbus will explain how Airbus minimises risk in flight testing. He’ll use A350 testing of minimum un-stick speed to illustrate a successful test, and then take some examples of less successful tests to admit that even with the best risk management in the world, Murphy’s Law still applies.
Jim Fawcett has nearly 20 years of experience in aerospace, beginning as an engineering apprentice with British Aerospace in Filton, UK. In 1999 he obtained a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics with European Studies from the University of Southampton, including an exchange period with the Toulouse-based ENSICA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Constructions Aéronautiques).
Jim began his work in flight test as a support engineer working on A340-600 development and he later managed Flight Test Instrumentation on all Airbus single aisle development aircraft and the A380 programme.
In 2006, Jim was offered the chance to train as a flight test engineer and spent the following 2 years in the Airbus internal Flight Test School, before graduating from the French flight test academy EPNER. After 5 years in the acceptance flight test department, firstly in Toulouse and then in Hamburg, Germany, he took up a role as a development flight test engineer specialising in communications and display systems.
He is qualified to operate as Lead Flight Test Engineer on all Airbus aircraft types, from the A318 to the A380. A member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer, Jim also holds a private pilot’s licence.
Before the meeting please join colleagues for refreshments in the Officers Mess. Afterwards you are welcome to join the Committee and speaker for dinner.
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Royal Aeronautical Society - Canberra Branch
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