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NFAC test director and team recognized by the Vertical Flight Society

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  • By Deidre Ortiz
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Vertical Flight Society recognized Chris Hartley, AEDC test director at the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex in Moffett Field, California, for his role leading Tiltrotor Test Rig, or TTR, activation and testing.

As part of the organizations 2019 Chapter Awards, Hartley received the Award for Outstanding Technical Support.

Hartley said he’s honored to be recognized but commented that it’s really the entire team that made the test project a success.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to receive the award this year,” Hartley said. “The project was successful because we have an amazing and talented team, and everyone worked across the lines of responsibility to truly act as a combined test force. The team epitomized the spirit of the term, and I was lucky enough be the focal point for the project for the NFAC. I am grateful for the award, but I am more grateful for the tireless efforts of talented, hard-working team members.”

For nearly 10 years, Hartley has supported the TTR development project and led AEDC participation in the development of the rig. He oversaw the integration, acceptance and checkout activities from model prep to tunnel installation and checkout. He then led the TTR test team in executing the longest wind tunnel entry in the history of the 40-by 80-foot wind tunnel with the successful completion of the 699/TTR wind tunnel test.

The TTR team as a whole was also recognized, receiving the Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered Lift Field. The team safely and successfully conducted the full envelope evaluation of the first civil tiltrotor system that will be entering commercial usage by 2020. This test was also the first use of the TTR and served as checkout and operational verification test of the new $30 million national test capability for future generation tiltrotor aircraft.