Upcoming Webinar: Meeting the quality challenge for flight test data in aircraft development and certification


Aerospace Testing International is pleased to announce that registration for its next virtual technology roundtable, which will take place next month on the topic of flight testing is open.

The high-level roundtable, which is scheduled to take place on November 19 at 5pm (CET) will explore one of the major challenges engineers face with aircraft test programs – ensuring that the quality and accuracy of the data a program produces meets their development needs and the certification requirements of regulators.

Featuring on our expert panel will be Tom Bisges, vice president of engineering from leading aircraft manufacturer Bombardier and Erik Goethert, senior director of business development and strategic marketing at measurement and control systems supplier United Electronic Industries.

The discussion will consider how different aspects of a test program, from managing flight schedules to the smallest piece of equipment needs to be evaluated in terms of target outcomes and the reliability of data.

Tom and Eric will also describe their company’s market-leading approaches to flight testing, including how to balance cost and risk reduction while maintaining high safety standards, using real-world examples from recent civilian and defense test programs. They will explore how engineers can work across different testing domains and disciplines, enabling better decision-making, as well as how the ongoing pandemic has affected test programs.

In addition, attendees to this exclusive event will learn how manufacturers and OEMs are partnering to develop the latest technology, including more electric aircraft, autonomous control systems and lighter, more sustainable aircraft.

Other topics to be explored include how to more closely integrate ground and flight testing to save time and costs, as well as how to best extract meaningful information from the many Terabytes of data a comprehensive testing program now produces.

So make sure you join us for this free and exclusive online event by registering now, and take part in a discussion which could shape your next testing program.


Ben Sampson

Editor, Aerospace Testing International

Erik Goethert

Senior director, business development and strategic marketing, United Electronic Industries

Mr. Goethert designs, manages and implements projects that collect real-world data for the aerospace, energy and defense industries so they can build smart systems that are reliable, flexible and rugged. He has more than 30 years of experience in hardware, software and I/O application solutions. He has an engineering degree from Cornell University.

Tom Bisges

Vice president flight test center, Bombardier Aviation

Based in Wichita, Kansas, Tom is responsible for multidisciplinary functions consisting of program management, engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and testing. His organization supports cradle-to-grave aircraft certification with multimillion-dollar budgets while ensuring safety as a top priority. Tom has 30 years’ experience serving in various engineering and leadership positions in the aerospace industry. For almost half of those years, he has held the position of Vice President providing oversight and leadership for numerous aircraft platforms.

Steve Patrick – Guest Q&A Contributor

Vice president, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft, Bombardier Aviation

Steve leads Bombardier teams in Wichita and Montreal in all aspects of business development, partner relationships, program management, engineering, manufacturing, testing and support management. Steve’s primary role is the delivery of specialized aircraft programs, transforming aircraft to effectively conduct a broad range of missions including humanitarian relief, air ambulances, Head of State transports, surveillance and communication platforms and maritime patrol. Steve has 30 years’ experience providing advanced strategic direction for numerous military and civilian aircraft programs. Throughout his career, he has led large-scale multidisciplinary and geographically dispersed teams of up to 500 team members, while effectively driving large-scale projects with multimillion-dollar budgets.


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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering almost all aspects of technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before eventually becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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