Barton E. Henwood
S&MA Aviation Safety Manager/Branch Chief
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

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  • 14 years System Safety and Aviation Safety management experience at NASA Armstrong for experimental research projects--DoD autonomous unmanned vehicles to one of a kind high altitude solar – powered aircraft, as well as, routine aircrew and maintenance operations. Leads Center’s aviation safety program—advises Center Director directly. Assesses human factors and organizational culture issues. Led/assisted team and boards of NASA up to Type A mishap/close call investigations. Flies as research pilot in the Beechcraft B-200 King Air and Gulfstream II and III aircraft. Total Flight time over 5000+ hours.
  • 9 years AF command experience managing technical, programmatic and safety risk of flight test programs involving up to 2000+ personnel/$500M resources from flight squadron to the Test Wing level activities. Responsible for executive airlift of senior AF leaders.
  • 4 years AF program management/engineering experience responsible for integrating safety and risk management concepts in 2 state-of-the-art technology demonstration programs
  • 3 years experience as Commandant directing/leading the USAF Test Pilot School’s 450 hour academic and 100 hour flight curriculum and its 50+ staff members. $20 million annual budget.
  • 15 years of test and evaluation experience responsible for technical success, safety, operational risk analysis, aircraft management and test execution of high risk programs.
  • ObtainedBS, Astronautical Engineering, USAF Academy, Distinguished Graduate, 1974

          And MS, Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981.

  • Graduate of Experimental Test Pilot Course, USAF Test Pilot School, 1984 and USC Aviation Safety Management Certification, 2003



Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, 1990

Reengineering for Senior Executives, Holland & Davis, 1998

Risk Management, AFMC System Acquisition School, 1996

Quality Metrics, AFMC System Acquisition School, 1995

Basic Academic Instructor Course, Air University, 1996

Acquisition Reform Workshop, Systems Acquisition School, 1996

Accident Board President Training, AF Safety Center, 1996

Air Command & Staff College, Air University, 1989

Air War College (seminar), Air University, 1991

NASA Probabilistic Risk Assessment Course, 2002

NASA Advanced System Safety Course

EXPO-46, Exploration Systems and Space Operations Course, 2006

NASA Mishap Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Courses

Basic OSHA Safety Standards Course

NASA STEP Level 1 Training

Areas of Expertise: Flight Test, Aviation Safety