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.
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
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"
Lectures and Lab
Process of Evaluation
Examinations and Report