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31st Mar 2016, 22:29
Replies: 7
Views: 6,192
Posted By Zoom-56

Upholstery color and cockpit ergonomics... Okay,...

Upholstery color and cockpit ergonomics... Okay, I guess that falls under the category of systems testing, so... sure! For maat, I'm not a commercial guy, my testing was mostly military, but since...
20th Sep 2014, 00:46
Replies: 30
Views: 126,964
Posted By Zoom-56

Straightforward Flight Test Reading

Pilot DAR's entry by Askue sounds very similar to the trustworthy FAA Advisory Circular AC90-89A and follow-on editions, which is aimed at the homebuilder flight testing a kit or even a new design. ...
20th Sep 2014, 00:19
Replies: 1
Views: 3,745
Posted By Zoom-56

Ground Spoiler Mechanisms

You might actually get better results on this one from the mechanic community, but google is pretty amazing. I found the link below in no time. There are a few schematics in the file that might...
20th May 2014, 22:19
Replies: 19
Views: 3,616
Posted By Zoom-56

No Acro Without Spin Clearance?

Like Genghis, I can't offer a rationale for the FAA clearance without knowing more about the airplane. (And like fantom, I have flown many high-performance military planes that were cleared for all...
31st Aug 2013, 19:51
Replies: 16
Views: 3,490
Posted By Zoom-56

Why Add Half of Steady State?

Just to throw another bit of confusion into the mix, as a retired military test pilot and current glider flight instructor, I can confirm something that you will all appreciate: that a headwind...
18th Jul 2013, 00:19
Replies: 5
Views: 3,423
Posted By Zoom-56

Where and With Whom to Test

I have tested, or trained test pilots, at Edwards Air Force Base in the USA (three years of F-5 and F-16 flight test), Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Canada (three years in the F-5 and F-18) and...
3rd May 2013, 01:30
Replies: 21
Views: 7,771
Posted By Zoom-56

I tend to agree with BOAC...

...but my opinion is suspect, since I have never flown commercial carriers. As an anecdote - since this is a flight test forum - flight testers are often multi-qualified and the types may be quite...
25th Mar 2013, 14:52
Replies: 14
Views: 4,601
Posted By Zoom-56

Lear Flight Controls

I'm not typed in the current-generation Lears, but I know that several bizjet manufacturers have started going to fly-by-wire. Unless something has been added recently I don't think the Lears are so...
23rd Mar 2013, 19:26
Replies: 14
Views: 4,601
Posted By Zoom-56

Learjets, Flight Test, and Hollywood

Some great questions and observations! As a former military test pilot with a type rating in the Lear 20-series, I can offer a couple of thoughts on some of this. For commercial ops, virtually all...
7th Jan 2013, 04:45
Replies: 1
Views: 2,580
Posted By Zoom-56

HQRM Testing

Perhaps I'm confused, but it sounds as though you are combining two different issues into a single question. You will indeed want to determine failure probabilities for your total system, probably...
31st Dec 2012, 22:43
Replies: 8
Views: 3,164
Posted By Zoom-56

Virtual Flight Testing?

If there is a generally accepted definition of VFT, I'm not sure what it is. (Computational Fluid Dynamics? Real-Time Computer modeling? In-Flight Simulation? Scale modeling? Integrated...
20th Dec 2012, 17:27
Replies: 6
Views: 4,810
Posted By Zoom-56

Cost of Military Flight Test Schools

If you dig for answers on this, you will find that the answer is always "it depends". The schools charge differing amounts depending upon who the customer is. The quickest way to get a general feel...
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