T&E 4102 Performance Flight Testing II
A supplement to basic performance flight test theory, aimed at evaluations of turbine and jet powered aircraft. An intensive overview of the methods used to make performance evaluations of jet aircraft. Emphasis is placed on supersonic aerodynamics and turbine/jet engine theory. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of T&E 4101)
Anticipated Student Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of performance flight test procedures, techniques, and data analysis. He/she will:
Be familiar with
1. Transonic aerodynamics and their performance implications.
2. Basic turbine engine theory and engine test procedures.
3. How energy theory relates climb to acceleration and how this leads to the classic flight test techniques.
4. Supersonic aerodynamics and their implications on jet inlet and nozzle performance.
5. Aircraft energy management.
6. Turn performance, theory, evaluation, and associated test methods.
7. Modern modeling techniques for gathering test data.
8. Stall testing theory and associated test methods.
9. How to predict and optimize cruise performance and know the various test procedures for developing or validating the prediction models.
Sequence of Instruction
Turbine Engine Theory
Advanced Performance Test Methods
Stall Theory & Testing
Turbines & Jet Cruise
Supersonic Aero & Energy
Texts and Reference Materials
NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. II, “Aerodynamics for Flight Testers”
NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. III, “Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Testing”
Process of Evaluation