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AGARD Flight Test Techniques Series. Volume 14. Introduction to Flight Test Engineering (Introduction a la Technique d'essais en vol)

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The first two Sections are the Introduction and Historical Perspective. They provide some insight into the question of why flight test and give a short history of flight test engineering. Sections 3 through 10 deal with the preparation for flight testing. They provide guidance on the preliminary factors that must be considered. such as the technical, commercial, and political background to the tests, and any relevant existing data or considerations Section 3 the composition of the test team Section 4, the logistic support requirements Section 5 the instrumentation and data processing requirements Sections 6 and 7 the overall flight test plan and the associated preliminary ground tests Sections 8 and 9 and last, but by no means least, Section 10 discusses safety aspects. Sections 11 through 27 describe the various types of flight tests that are usually conducted during the development and certification of a new or modified aircraft type. Each Section offers a brief introduction to the topic under consideration, and the nature and the objectives of the tests to be made. It lists the test instrumentation and, where appropriate, other test equipment and facilities required, describes the test maneuvers to be executed, and indicates the way in which the test data is selected, analyzed, and presented. Section 28 Post-flight Operations discusses the various activities that should take place between test flights. Items that are covered include who to debrief, what type of reports to send where, types of data analysis required for the next flight, review of test data to make a comparison to predicted data, some courses of action if there is not good agreement, and comments on selecting the next test flight. Section 29 Post Test Operations covers the activities that must take place upon completion of the test program.

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  • Aerodynamics
  • Administration and Management

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