Validation of Simulation Systems for Aircraft Acceptance Testing,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)
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AGARD Flight Mechanics Panel Working Group 16 on The validation of simulation systems for aircraft acceptance test was set up because simulation is starting to play an active role in the certification of some aircraft systems. Yet there is concern that there appears to be no concensus about how to check the validity of such simulations. As Chairman of WG16 it is my privilege to distil the main features identified by individual members into a coherent report. I must however stress that the views I shall express in this talk are my own and do not necessarily represent those of individual members of FMP WG16. Contributions from WG members are currently being edited to form an AGARD Advisory Report. In this paper I would like to present some thoughts on the use of simulators for flight clearance of systems and aircraft. These thoughts are stimulated by contributions from the experts from many NATO countries who are members of the Flight Mechanics Panel Working Group 16. First a brief explanation of AGARD Working Groups. These are proposed by the various Technical Panels to bring together experience in the many NATO countries on topics of mutual interest. A Working Group is given 2-3 yr to distil this collective experience for presentation as usually either an AGARD Advisory Report or a Specialist Lecture Series. Returning to the subject of validating simulations for acceptance test, fifteen years ago, with one special exception which will be discussed later, there was no reasons to consider using simulation for flight clearance. At that time, as summarized below, aircraft systems were simpler and simulation capabilities were inadequate.
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