Accession Number : AD1020034


Title :   Time Safety Margin: Theory and Practice


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA EDWARDS AFB United States


Personal Author(s) : Gray,William III R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1020034.pdf


Report Date : 01 Sep 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 110


Abstract : Time Safety Margin (TSM) was developed in 2009 to provide risk reduction and aid in risk assessment for flight test maneuvers that include dives. TSM has become the standard method for flight test dive planning in the USAF. This handbook includes a short history of flight test dive planning and TSM, an explanation of the primary factors for dive recoveries, and an in-depth definition of TSM and its application in a regulatory framework. TSM is expanded to account for delayed recovery initiation. Following an introduction to the application of TSM, numerous TSM examples are provided. Several appendices are included to aid TSM planning, including charts for TSM estimation.


Descriptors :   flight testing , flight maneuvers , diving , safety , planning , military pilots , air force , altitude , reaction time , mach number , accidents , fighter aircraft , training


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE