Category Archives: Aviation Science

The ‘magic number’ of Flight Test

Do you believe in “magic numbers”? Are magic and arithmetics two completely different and by definition uncombined concepts or maybe not? Either ways, there are numbers that in certain disciplines are encountered more often than others. So what would be … Continue reading

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Flying a fly-by-wire DA-42, Wiener Neustadt, Austria

A unique flight on TUM DA-42 research airplane fully FBW and OPV at Diamond Aircraft facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Great experience trying various control laws using an active stick – probably the only active stick on a Part-23 aircraft … Continue reading

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T-33 flight with Snort

A flight in the CT-133 was completed investigating the effect of Reynolds number on buffet and stall speed for the case of a straight wing single-engine jet. Amazing experience flying with Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, the highest time F-14 pilot and … Continue reading

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NDI Principles & Flying Qualities Testing of Modern Combat Aircraft

During the forthcoming 6th Annual ITPS Flight Test Seminar (Dec 14-15, London ON, Canada) I will be delivering a presentation on NDI Principles & Flying Qualities Testing of Modern Combat Aircraft. The presentation will refer to the following: Evolution of … Continue reading

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Trace matching for indicated airspeed and altitude

A significant test limitation during a recent check climb test was the lack of indicated airspeed and pressure altitude in the data stream, as well as the lack of outside air temperature (OAT) indication. These limitations were surpassed using a … Continue reading

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F-35 HMD demo at OPL, Iowa

Short two day trip to University of Iowa on behalf of ITPS, in order to evaluate a Rockwell Collins F-35 HMD setup in an L-29 LVC simulation environment at the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL). During the flight A/G and A/A … Continue reading

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Evaluation flight in the Jet Provost

As part of an ITPS student project on the Jet Provost Mk.4, a qualitative evaluation flight of 1.5 hrs was assigned to me as the supervising instructor. Instead of performing a standard qualitative evaluation flight gathering comments and qualitative ratings, … Continue reading

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