HMD & NVG Testing

Course Description

This course is designed to provide technical and human factors information regarding NVGs, NVIS  (NVG compatible) lighting, and the integration of both in the aircraft.  Emphasis is placed on system evaluation techniques, which are based on years of practical experience in a number of different aircraft.  Topical information in the academic lectures is reinforced during NVG lab and aircraft demonstrations.  It will also provide technical and human factors information regarding Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems.  Emphasis is placed on various approaches to system design that impact usability and methods of test that will identify potential deficiencies.  Topical information in the academic lectures is reinforced during laboratory and classroom demonstrations.

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding NVG and NVIS lighting technology, the integration of NVGs from a system perspective, and ground and flight evaluation procedures and data analysis of NVGs and NVIS lighting.

Be familiar with

  1. NVG lighting specifications.
  2. HMD design with respect to operational requirements.

Understand

  1. Image intensification theory.
  2. NVG design and human factors principles.
  3. NVG compatible interior and exterior lighting.
  4. NVIS aircraft integration.
  5. Approaches to HMD design.
  6. Human factors in HMD design.
  7. HMD aircraft integration issues.
  8. HMD ground and flight test procedures.

Sequence of Instruction

NVG Technology
NVG Components/Adjustment Procedures
NVIS Lighting Specifications
NVIS Lighting Methods: Interior
NVIS Lighting Methods: Exterior
Test Criteria Development
NVG and NVIS Lighting Evaluation Techniques
Introduction to EO Theory
EO Sensor Integration
NVG Flight Mishaps

Texts and Reference Materials

NTPS Course notes

Instructional Methodology

Lectures
NVG laboratory
Aircraft demonstrations

Process of Evaluation

Examinations

Introduction to FW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing

Course Description

This two week short course is designed to satisfy the demand for engineers, pilots and flight test support personnel who require practical experience in aircraft performance, stability and control, handling qualities, flight test instrumentation data handling, as well as a working knowledge of FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted aircraft. Classroom academics are tailored to prepare the students for practical in-flight tests. Seven flights are performed in a medium weight transport aircraft. These aircraft have been instrumented to serve as in-flight laboratories. On each of the sorties the students participate as flight test engineers, gathering data for post-flight analysis. Two additional sorties are flown in light aircraft to allow the students to give practical hands-on experience in performing the various flight test techniques as a pilot. At the conclusion of the course, students present their findings and recommendations on both mission suitability and regulatory compliance in an oral report to the staff.


Flying Summary

Flight Aircraft Mission
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Merlin III
Merlin III
Merlin III
Merlin III
Merlin III
Merlin III
Merlin III
Light a/c
Light a/c
Pitot Static Errors
Cruise Performance 
Climb Performance
Longitudinal Static Stability
Maneuvering Stability
Lateral-Directional Static Stability 
Dynamics & Stalls
Performance FTT’s
Flying Qualities FTT’s

Flights 1 - 7 Instrumented Flying Classroom; Flights 8 - 9 Student "Hands On" Flights


Subjects Covered

Introduction
Aircraft Control Systems
Jet Cruise
Dimensional Analysis
Longitudinal Static Stability
Takeoff and Landing
Subsonic Aerodynamics
Longitudinal Maneuvering Stability
Closed Loop Handling Qualities
Standard Atmosphere
Longitudinal Non-Linearities
Transonic Aerodynamics
Pitot-Statics
Lateral-Directional Static Stabilit
Mach Effects on Stability and Control
Drag Polar
Equations of Motion & Dynamics
Energy Management
Propeller Cruise
Stalls
Aeroelasticity
Climb Performance
Light Aircraft Engine-Out


Pre-requisites
None. Familiarity with calculus is a plus.

Introduction to RW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing

Course Description

This two week short course introduces pilots, engineers, flight test support, and management personnel to helicopter flight test theory and procedures. This course can also serve as a refresher course for experienced flight test personnel. Scope of the course includes performance, handling qualities, data acquisition and analysis, and FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted helicopters.

The Academic classes prepare the students to plan and conduct efficient flight tests. Students participate as flight test engineers on several flights in an instrumented helicopter, gathering data for post-flight analysis. They present their findings and recommendations on mission suitability and regulatory compliance in an oral briefing to the staff.

Subjects Covered

Longitudinal Static Stability
Helicopter Aerodynamics
Lateral-Directional Static Stability
Pitot-Static Theory
Longitudinal Dynamic Stability
Hover Performance
Lateral-Directional Dynamic Stability
Level Flight Performance
Control Response
Climb/Descent Performance
Low Speed Characteristics
Mechanical Controls Characteristics
Height-Velocity Testing
Engine Characteristics
Takeoff and Landing Performance
Standard Atmosphere

Pre-requisites

There are no formal prerequisites for attendance at this course. Familiarity with algebra, technical reporting and personal computer operation (including word processing, spreadsheet, and chart making) are helpful.

Schedule

The course is scheduled five days per week for a two-week period. Classes are normally conducted from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. daily with a 1-hour lunch period. However, on days when flying is scheduled, the preflight briefing normally begins at 7:30 a.m.

Introduction to Systems Testing

Course Description

This two-week course is especially suited to aircrew, engineers and analysts who require an introduction and hands-on experience in Avionics Systems Flight Test.  This course is designed for newcomers to the field, experienced personnel who are returning to the field and Flight Test Managers and support personnel newly assigned to a systems flight test program.  In addition to systems theory and operating practice, the principles and techniques of avionics flight testing are emphasized to provide students with a firm understanding and background necessary to participate immediately in any flight test program upon return to their respective organizations.  Practical flight exercises are structured to build on material covered in the classroom lectures and to reinforce the students’ knowledge through practical application of theory.

Subjects Covered

Introduction
Navigational Aids
Electro Optics 
Avionics Systems Flight Test
Data Acquisition
Oral & Written Reports
Basic Navigation
GPS
TRB/SRB
System Architecture
Communications
Human Factors
Instrumentation
RADAR
INS
TSPI
RADAR Test
Controls & Displays
CEP And Statistic
S/W Development
HUD

Pre-requisites

There are no formal prerequisites for attendance at this course. Familiarity with calculus, mechanics, technical reporting and PC operation (MS Office) are helpful.

Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Course

Course Description

The course teaches basic flight test principles, concepts, and processes.  Classroom instruction is reinforced by two demonstrations and two project flights designed to provide “hands-on” experience in flight testing. A final project further reinforces classroom instruction.  The final project uses operational requirements/capability documents to plan, flight test, and report on how well an aircraft or system meets mission needs.   Previous class projects have included fixed wing, rotary wing, air vehicle and avionics systems evaluations.

Military

This course develops a “customer-centric” view of testing by providing an overview of current OT&E philosophies, processes, concepts and issues.  Specifically the course provides an understanding of how OT&E fits into the acquisition process, the interrelationships of DT&E and OT&E, how test objectives are derived from user requirements, and the importance of relating test results to mission requirements.  The course is extremely beneficial to anyone involved in OT&E; to DT&E testers who interface with OT&E; and to Program Office personnel, Program Managers and Test Managers whose programs are subject to OT&E and who would need to certify a system ready for OT&E.  The course is continually updated based on customer feedback.

Foreign and Civil

The course is adaptable to foreign government personnel and to civil airline pilots, engineers, and managers who are in a position to evaluate a new aircraft or system for their government or company, who need to work with the manufacturer to define special mission or customer requirements, and who must evaluate resulting modifications to ensure an operationally viable aircraft.

Subjects Covered

The Acquisition Process
Performance & Handling Qualities Test
DT&E and OT&E Philosophy and Processes
Techniques
User Requirements Process
Overview & Laboratory Exercise
OT&E test criteria development
Test Crew Resource Management
Test Planning and Data Concerns
Crew Station Evaluation Techniques
Risk Management and Test Safety
Workload Assessment Techniques
Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability
OT&E Lessons Learned
Testing Integrated Systems

Course Information

The OT&E course is offered four times each year.  This course and others may be offered at the customer’s location. Please review the OT&E Joining Instructions (PDF) prior to joining. Call for more details.

 

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