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AG-300 V.32 Safety and Risk Management in Flight Testing

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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Air Accident Prevention, Aviation Safety, Flight Testing, Test Risk Management, Test Safety Management


Flight Test Activities should be conducted safely without hazarding the aircraft, the crew and third parties, and property on the ground. Far more so than with any other systems, airborne incidents have the ability to rapidly escalate in seriousness, leading to the loss of aircraft, crew and third parties. To counter this ever present threat, the International Flight Test Community has established a wide variety of approaches that identify and then mitigate flight test risk. The aim of this FT-3 (SCI-172) sponsored activity is to engage with both the NATO and the International Flight Test Community to capture these practices and to offer this hard won experience and knowledge back to the Community in a consolidated form by way of an Unlimited Release AGARDograph in the Flight Test Techniques 300 Series. FT-3 members briefed this concept at both the North American and European Flight Test Safety Workshops in 2009 and met with support from the attendees and commitments to participate. The AGARDograph will share practices in this critical area of Flight Testing. Through its application both the NATO and wider Flight Test Community will have access to information that will help to manage flight test risk to the levels and standards that are expected today.


The overall aim is to produce an Unlimited Release AGARDograph that captures current practices in Flight Test Safety Management that will act as a Guideline for others. The vision for the document is a collection of short papers produced by a wide variety of Civil and Military Flight Test Organisations each of which will describe the specific approach that is taken in their Organisation to manage Flight Test Safety. These will be subject to review and will be preceded by an analysis of the captured practices. It is intended that this analysis will be able to comment on: • Commonalities in Practices and Approaches • Differences in Practices and Approaches • Novel Practices and Approaches


The aim is to collect and review Flight Test Safety Management Practices across a wide range of Military and Civil Flight Test Organisations covering: • Safety Assessment • Hazard Identity • Risk Mitigation • Plan Approval • Monitoring and Oversight

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