Course Description

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.

Understand
2. Turbine engine theory & test procedures.
3. Supersonic aerodynamics principles.
4. Transonic aerodynamics principles.
5. Aircraft energy management concepts.

Know
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 
Jet Cruise 
Climb Performance 
Transonic Aerodynamics 
Supersonic Aerodynamics 
Turn Performance 
Energy Management 
Advanced Performance Test Methods 
Stall Theory & Testing 
Tutorials
  Turbine Engine
  Jet Cruise 
Exams
  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”

Instructional Methodology

Lectures

Process of Evaluation

Examinations

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NTPS Catalog: For more detailed information please visit the online catalog page to view or download the NTPS Catalog.

Notice: Course costs and dates are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the Course Schedule and Costs page for more information. Contact us to check course availability.

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