Introduction to Flight Test Engineering
This is the Introductory Volume to the Flight Test Techniques Series. It is a general introduction to the various activities and aspects of Flight Test Engineering that must be
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Abstract: This is the Introductory Volume to the Flight Test Techniques Series. It is a general introduction to the various activities and aspects of Flight Test Engineering that must be considered when planning, conducting, and reporting a flight test program. Its main intent is to provide a broad overview to the novice engineer or to other people who have a need to interface with specialists within the flight test community.
The first two Sections provide some insight into the question of why flight test and give a short history of flight test engineering. Sections 3 through 10 deal with the preparation for flight testing. They provide guidance on the preliminary factors that must be considered; the composition of the test team; the logistic support requirements; the instrumentation and data processing requirements; the flight test plan; the associated preliminary ground tests; and last, but by no means least, discuss safety aspects.
Sections 11 through 27 describe the various types of flight tests that are usually conducted during the development and certification of a new or modified aircraft type. Each Section offers a brief introduction to the topic under consideration, and the nature and the objectives of the tests to be conducted. It lists the test instrumentation (and, where appropriate, other test equipment and facilities) required, describes the test maneuvers to be executed, and indicates the way in which the test data is selected, analyzed, and presented.
The various activities that should take place between test flights are presented next. Items that are covered are: who to debrief; what type of reports to send where; types of data analysis required for next flight; review of test data to make a comparison to predicted data and some courses of action if there is not good agreement; and comments on selecting the next test flight.
The activities that must take place upon completion of the test program are presented. The types of reports and briefings that should take place and a discussion of some of the uses of the flight test data are covered.
A brief forecast is presented of where present trends may be leading.
This AGARDograph was sponsored by the Flight Vehicle Integration Panel of AGARD and the Systems Concepts and Integration Panel (SCI) of the RTO.
Publication Reference: RTO-AG-300-V14
Publication Identifier: AC/323(SCI-FT3)TP/74 Volume 14
ISBN (if applicable): ISBN 92-837-1126-2
Classification: PUBLIC RELEASE
Access: Open Access
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