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

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

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  
Lateral-Directional Static Stability
Mach Effects on Stability and Control 
Drag Polar
Equations of Motion & Dynamics
Energy Management  
Propeller Cruise
Climb Performance
Light Aircraft Engine-Out


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.