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.