Chief Test Pilot Justin Paines to Deliver the AIAA Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics at 2019 AIAA AVIATION Forum Written 8 April 2019

CONTACT: John Blacksten  

“Turning Flight Control on its Head for the F-35, eVTOL, and Beyond”

April 8, 2019 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Justin Paines to give its 2019 Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics.

Paines will deliver his lecture on “Turning Flight Control on its Head for the F-35, eVTOL, and Beyond” at 6:30 p.m. (CDT), 17 June, at the 2019 AIAA AVIATION Forum held 17-21 June 2019, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.  

Paines was educated at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1988. After training, he was posted to No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron, flying Harrier aircraft.  

Paines attended U.S. Air Force TPS Class 95A, before starting his career as a test pilot at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, England, with principal responsibility for the VAAC experimental fly-by-wire aircraft. 

He flew all marks of X-35 throughout the JSF Concept Demonstration program, before returning to the VAAC Harrier program in 2004. He served as an instructor at the Empire Test Pilot School, including two years as Chief Flying Instructor, and joined Joby Aviation as chief test pilot in 2018.  

The Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics commemorates the accomplishment of the Wright Brothers in creating the first practical airplane and also recognizes the success of their approach to problem solving — beginning with study of the literature, and including innovative thinking, constructive debate, systematic testing, and teamwork. In particular, the Wright Brothers Lectureship is awarded for the recent accomplishment of a significant "First in Aeronautical Engineering." The lecture will highlight the details of the accomplishment and the approaches to meeting both the technical and programmatic challenges involved. Please visit AIAA’s Honors and Awards Program for more information. 

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