Team - Mission II, Team - Argentina Team 2019, Team - Argentina Team 2017

Al Lawless

Flight Test Engineer


Testing since 1984, Al is a multi-engine commercial instrument pilot, glider and motorglider pilot, Piper Cherokee owner, and Flight Analyst DER. He’s been steadily active in the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) since 1987, serving as Antelope Valley Chapter Vice President & President, as Director, and as Technical Council Chairman since 2004. His background emphasized performance and flying qualities, first as a flying USAF FTE working HH-60, B-52 F-16, and Agility Research. He was subsequently an instructor and Chief of Academics at the National Test Pilot School, Lead FTE on the Cessna Sovereign, Head of Flight Test for Grob Aerospace in Germany, and Chief FTE for Honda Aircraft. Broad contributions include developing an aircraft based winds (ABW) measurement method, defining aircraft agility metrics, developing GPS-based “Wind box” and “Orbis” pitot-static calibration methods, initiating & guiding the SFTE Reference Handbook and writing/editing several NTPS textbooks. SFTE presented Al the Directors Award in 2000, elected him Fellow in 2009, and honored him with the Kelly Johnson Award in 2015.