The Society of Flight Test Engineers - SFTE for short - is a fraternity of engineers, whose principal professional interest is the flight testing of aircraft (fixed and rotary wing) and missiles. The objective of the Society is the advancement of flight test engineering throughout the aircraft industry by providing technical and fraternal communication among individuals, both domestic and international, in the engineering fields of test operations, analysis, instrumentation and data systems.

The European Chapter - SFTE EC - extends this association for the benefit of both Americans and Europeans. For membership, a rather elastic definition of the term "European" is applied.

The 27th Symposium of the SFTE European Chapter will take place in May 10th-12th 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany, in collaboration with the 36th European Telemetry and Test Conference etc2016.

Flight testing is the most critical and time- and budget-consuming phase of aircraft development. Within a short time reliable performance data of the new airframe have to be gathered; this includes structural, aerodynamic and flight mechanic parameters. Advanced optical measurement techniques such as those developed within the collaborative project AIM² (Advanced In-flight Measurement techniques 2, funded by the European Commission contract no. 266107) are able to deliver such data after a very short time, and in addition can minimize the installation effort on the airframe compared with classical measurement techniques. Furthermore they work mostly non-intrusively and are able to capture a large amount of important data in an area or over a volume at one instant of time.

The 3rd Symposium on Advanced In-flight Measurement Techniques focuses on the presentation of the latest developments of such optical methods. Participants will get a good overview on what is possible with these measurement methods and will be able to discuss with specialists about any important issues concerning these techniques and their applications.