Gretchen and Norm Howell

Masters Thesis
Introducing Vz

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Norm Howell is a Senior Experimental Test Pilot, Airborne Battle Management Flight Operations - BT&E at Boeing.

He has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy, a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, was enrolled in the Master's Studies, Mechanical Engineering, CSU-Fresno and in the MS Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle.

Previous Experience: First Flight, Boeing P-8A Poseidon, 2009. Senior Experimental Test Pilot, C-17, Blocks 10 thru 17, 1998 to 2008, numerous awards and firsts including seven world aviation records. Last Flight, YC-15, July 1998. First Flight, Cirrus SR-20 Prototype, March 1995. First Flight, Cirrus ST-50 Prototype, December 1994. Experimental Test Pilot, F-16, 1993-1994, HARM Targeting System, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile, GE-129 Performance, LANTIRN Terrain Following Radar tests.

Norm owns two GA airplanes, a Mooney 201 and an Aerostar 601P. Norm and Gretchen have owned or co-owned seven GA airplanes over the years and were responsible for 12 others in a southern California flight school during 1982-1983. SETP Associate Fellow, member of EAA since 1979, EAA Flight Advisor, AOPA member. 2006: Selected as the 2006 recipient of the SETP Iven C. Kincheloe Award for Outstanding Contributions to Flight Test for over eight years of continuous duty on the C-17 follow-on flight test program. 2005: Published "Messier-Bugatti Wheels and Brakes Tests on the C-17" in Cockpit, 3rd Q 05; Presented paper on same topic to SETP Fall S & B, 2005 Ray Tenhoff Award. 1997: Presented "EAA Flight Advisor Program" at SETP Fall S & B. 1997: Presented "Spinning the Spin Doctors" at the SFTE Symposium in Reno, NV. 1995: Published "Have Pacer II" paper in conjunction with TPS class, paper developed a new GPS speed course method, which has been incorporated into USAF TPS textbooks.

Norm has used Benchmark for his Masters Thesis "Introducing Vz", and we developed the Climb Charts in Benchmark in collaboration with Norm to make this possible.

The email from Alfred reached me on the airline service out of Paris yesterday. I could download your thesis while still on the tarmac. Great work! I think it is a must read literature for GA pilots of smaller propeller planes. Many thanks for this important work and to Alfred supporting it with Benchmark! -- Raoul Schild




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