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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:
Be Familiar With:
1. Aircraft Control Systems.
2. Helicopter Aerodynamics
3. Hover Performance
4. Control Response
5. Low Speed Characteristics
6. Mechanical Controls Characteristics
7. Height-Velocity Testing
8. Engine Characteristics
9. Takeoff and Landing Performance
10. Standard Atmosphere
11. Longitudinal Static Stability
12. Lateral-Directional Static Stability
13. Pitot-Static Theory
14. Longitudinal Dynamic Stability
15. Lateral-Directional Dynamic Stability
16. Level Flight Performance
17. Climb/Descent Performance
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.
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.