T&E 4001 Fundamentals of Flight Test

Course Description

A broad look at most of the factors involved in conducting a flight test program. Subject areas include: operational vs. developmental test and evaluation, test pilot and flight test engineer job descriptions, human factors, regulatory requirements, test planning, safety, data analysis and reporting. The student will employ all of these areas as they plan, conduct, and report on a cockpit suitability evaluation performed on an actual aircraft.

 

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of how a flight test program is conducted. He/she will:

 

Be familiar with

1. Computer-based data analysis tools.

2. The techniques used to conduct a cockpit evaluation.

 

Understand

3. The purpose of flight test and evaluation and am familiar with the T&E process.

4. The roles and responsibilities of a test pilot and flight test engineer.

5. Human factors considerations applicable to conducting flight test.

6. Basic statistics concepts and how they apply to flight testing.

7. Areas to be considered in planning a mission and how to write test cards.

8. Understand risk management and safety considerations while planning and conducting a flight test program.

9. The format and content of technical reports, both written and oral.

10. The importance of crew resource management in test and evaluation.

 

Sequence of Instruction


Developmental vs. Operational Testing
Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Job Descriptions Certification and Military Specifications
Human Factors
Cockpit Evaluations
Report Writing
Statistical Data Analysis
Weight and Ballast
Weight and Ballast Lab
Mission Planning and Test Card Development
Risk Management and Safety in Flight Test
Technical Review Boards/Safety Review Boards
Exams - Statistical Data Analysis
Report - Cockpit Evaluation

Texts and Reference Materials

NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. IX, "Flight Test Safety and Management"

Instructional Methodology

Lectures and Lab

Process of Evaluation

Examinations and Report 

T&E 4002 Test Management / Operational Test and Evaluation

Course Description

A one-week course designed to provide an overview of the flight test and evaluation process and to examine, in detail, the subjects necessary to manage T&E programs.  The course is offered to members of government and industry who are either directly involved with managing flight test programs/projects; interface directly with a flight test program and need to understand T&E management issues; and/or are program office personnel who oversee flight test programs.  The subject matter is useful for anyone involved with the management of either DT&E or OT&E.  (Prerequisite: must be enrolled as a Master's Degree candidate and have successfully completed T&E 4001.)

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a basic understanding of the test and evaluation process and the management issues relevant to that process.  The student will:

Be Familiar With:
·      budget tracking and the Earned Value Management concept.

Understand:
·      the requirements process and how user requirements drive the scope of test programs
·      the similarities and differences between OT&E and DT&E
·      the resource factors which must be considered during T&E planning
·      the elements of RML&A tests including their purpose and challenges
·      the basic management concepts needed to manage a test program
·      risk management and safety considerations while planning and conducting a flight test program

Know:
·      how to develop and apply COIs, MOEs/MOSs, and MOAs from user requirements/capabilities         documents

Sequence of Instruction

Test and Evaluation Process 
Operational Test and Evaluation
Developmental Test and Evaluation
Requirements Process
Detailed Specs and Operational Requirements
T&E Program Planning 
Instrumentation/Data Requirements/Resource Planning 
Modeling and Simulation 
Test Criteria and Test Measures 
Test Item Configuration Control 
Envelope Expansion 
Earned Value Management for Test and Evaluation 
Software T&E 
Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis 
Military Certification 
FAA Certification 
Best Practices 
COTS
Risk Management and Safety in Flight Test

Texts and Reference Materials

Acquisition of Defense Systems
Operations Research Analysis in Test and Evaluation

Exercises

Test criteria and test measurement development
Detailed specification development

Examinations

Criteria oral presentation
Detailed specification oral presentation

T&E 4003 Capstone Project

Project Description

Conduct aerospace or flight test engineering projects under supervision of a faculty advisor (or a designated representative) and prepare acceptable reports.  The projects may be one that the student is working on and is responsible for in his/her professional career or it may be an independent project selected with approval of NTPS staff.

T&E 4007 Introduction to FW P&FQ

Course Description

This 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. Four 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.

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

Be Familiar With
1.  Aircraft Control Systems.
2.  Jet Cruise.
3.  Mach Effects on Stability and Control
4.  Dimensional Analysis
5.  Drag Polar
6.  Takeoff and Landing
7.  Energy Management
8.  Subsonic Aerodynamics
9.  Closed Loop Handling Qualities
10.  Aero-elasticity
11.  Standard Atmosphere
12.  Longitudinal Non-Linearities
13.  Light Aircraft Engine-Out
14.  Transonic Aerodynamics

Understand
15.  Pitot-Statics
16.  Propeller Cruise
17.  Climb Performance
18.  Longitudinal Static Stability
19.  Longitudinal Maneuvering Stability
20.  Lateral-Directional Static Stability
21.  Stalls
22.  Equations of Motion & Dynamics

Sequence of Instruction

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 Stability
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

The two-week Introduction to Flight Testing Course has no formal prerequisites. Students have attended the course with every thing from a doctorate in aerospace engineering to high school graduates only. The course can be tailored somewhat to the individuals attending, but familiarity with calculus is a plus.

T&E 4008 Introduction to Systems Testing

Course Description

This two-week short course is designed to provide an overview of Systems testing and is ideally suited to newcomers entering the field, experienced personnel who are returning to the field or need refresher training, and flight test managers or 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. Students will conduct a final project and present their findings and recommendations on mission suitability and specification compliance in an oral briefing

Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

Be Familiar With
1. Avionics flight test process, specifications and regulations.
2. Areas to be considered in planning a mission and how to write test cards.
3. The format and content of technical reports, both written and oral.
4. Risk management and safety considerations while planning and conducting a flight test program.
5. Human factors and workload evaluation.
6. Communications and navigation systems testing.
7. Data bus structure and TSPI.
8. Airborne radar testing.
9. Electro-optical and infrared systems testing.
10. Software development testing.
11. Electromagnetic compatibility and interference

Understand
1. The approach to safely and effectively execute ground and flight test of avionic systems.
2. The techniques used to conduct a cockpit evaluation.
3. The techniques for evaluating GNSS.
4. The techniques for evaluating systems for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) operations.
5. The techniques for evaluating workload.
6. The techniques for evaluating ground based NavAids.

Sequence of Instruction

Introduction
Avionics Flight Test Process
Technical and Safety Review Boards
Sortie Planning and Data Cards
Human Factors
Basic Navigation
Radio Navigation Aids
GNSS
TSPI
ADS-B
Workload
Crew Station Evaluation
Navigation Data Reduction
Report Writing
EMI/EMC
Communications Testing
Databuses
Software Development
Electro Optics
RADAR Testing

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.

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