Developing a flight debriefing and analysis system


No matter how good the (test) flight, if there is no capability to get data and analyse it post flight. So we are currently developing a flight debriefing and analysis system evaluating standard software platforms using our own flight data and various on-board data acquisition systems.  Results are promising both on the low cost side as well as the ease of integrating our data in the visualization system. Known issues of GPS signature loss during highly dynamic maneuvers are still there, but  high spec Inertial Navigation Systems can provide a solution if this region is of importance.

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Southern Ontario cross country


Just a nav flight passing by Toronto and crossing the Canadian nature, to built up some time and visit my only relative in Canada.

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A look back…

Exactly 10 years ago serving fire-fighting operations in the Hellenic Air Force.


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Force sensing vs. Deflection sidestick… and Neal-Smith FQ criterion

Part of the second year Ghost Project that just took place at ITPS, some simulator surgery was performed in order to assess a force sensing vs. a deflection side stick for a low gain air-to-air task. Study included 4 test pilot students and 2 engineers and had some interesting results.


Beside the LOES and Bandwidth MIL-STD-1797 criteria, this time we introduced the Neal-Smith closed loop criterion which is based in human/pilot modelling. Not as straightforward in its application as the other ones, it has its own strengths especially in assessing a A/C+FCS configuration for various pilot gains/bandwidth frequencies. Towards that direction, the Nichols chart is a vastly useful tool. Cool exercise!


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Reviewer at an International Journal


I am not new to the paper submission process, but up to now I was always participating as an author submitting the paper. This time I was selected as a reviewer and despite the limited time available, I could not refuse the option. After all, you always have to give something back…

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Calspan at last

The Variable Stability Learjet flights are a significant part of any flight test training course. If you haven’t had them, you are probably missing a significant part of the standard flight test training. Unfortunately they were not part of my initial course, but eventually I had the chance to get them as an Instructor. Great experience flying with a company and an aircraft that have a long history and huge contributions in today’s aviation.


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Escaping a storm

Weather forecast is not always accurate and that one fall short almost 1 hr and a half. Just 4nm before my destination airfield a white watery curtain decided to give me a hard time. Flying into a fast moving storm was not a pleasure or safe experience, but was a memorable one. With the turbulence generating sudden bank angle excursions of 10-20 deg, landing was not an option. Luckily my little 172 could speed up enough to escape the mighty front and land on a nearby alternate. After an hour the main part of the storm had passed us and there was a short window to fly back to original destination, which was done through a low level and speedy manner. Some good lessons learnt there…


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