Franz Enzinger FRAeS 1943 - 2012 franz-enzinger

Franz was a graduate of the German Air Force/USAF Pilot Training and Fighter Weapons School. As an operational pilot in the Federal German Air Force he flew more than 1000 hours in the Lockheed F-104 G Starfighter. In 1976 he joined Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (later Daimler Chrysler Aerospace) as a flight test engineer on the Tornado programme. During his 17 years in flight test he held the positions of head of Avionics/Armament, Flight Test Engineering, Flight Test Operations, Flight Test Manager Eurofighter and Deputy Director Flight Test. In addition to his experience and involvement in all major flight test programmes, between 1982 and 1986 he led the Avionics/Armament design team for the future German/European fighter. Franz was appointed Director Marketing/Programmes at the company's Manching plant. In addition to his standing as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Franz was a member of AIAA, where he worked for 10 years on the Flight Test Technical Committee, he published papers for AIAA Flight Test Conferences, ITEA and AGARD.

Franz will be remembered for his part in the creation of the European Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers. A 'Hands-on' FTE himself, he was a firm believer in the importance of the dedicated flight tester, with experience gained in the test environment. Having played a key part in the growth of the European Chapter he was its President from 1995 -1999. Franz was president of the international SFTE 2002-2004, the first European to hold that post. He was recipient of the SFTE 'Directors' Award and one of the very small band of Fellows of the SFTE.

Franz was also a staunch and highly valued supporter of the Munich Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

David Gibbings (Fellow)