A supplement to basic performance flight test theory, aimed at evaluations of turbine and jet powered aircraft. An intensive overview of the methods used to make performance evaluations of jet aircraft. Emphasis is placed on supersonic aerodynamics and turbine/jet engine theory. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of T&E 4101)
Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of performance flight test procedures, techniques, and data analysis. He/she will:
Be familiar with
1. Advanced performance gathering techniques.
2. Turbine engine theory & test procedures.
3. Supersonic aerodynamics principles.
4. Transonic aerodynamics principles.
5. Aircraft energy management concepts.
6. Climb performance theory and test methods.
7. Turn performance theory and test methods.
8. Stall theory and test methods.
9. How to test and evaluate cruise performance of a jet aircraft.
10. How to predict and optimize cruise performance.
Sequence of Instruction
Turbine Engine Theory
Advanced Performance Test Methods
Stall Theory & Testing
Turbines & Jet Cruise
Supersonic Aero & Energy
Texts and Reference Materials
NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. II, “Aerodynamics for Flight Testers”
NTPS Professional Course Textbook Series, Vol. III, “Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Testing”
Process of Evaluation