SETP Annual Symposium 2017, Anaheim CA

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Another year at the biggest flight test symposium, attending great presentations, meeting some exceptional individuals and fully recharging the inspiration batteries. Among other things, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend and PTDI Chief Test Pilot Esther, who recently completed the N219 first flight. So proud of you Esther, see you next year!

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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 trace matching technique between the GPS altitude and GPS airspeed and the recorded Hp and IAS from the cameras, and meteorological predictions in the test area.
Initially the available GPS/INS data were synchronized with the video of the instrument panel using the popular flight debriefing tool Cloudahoy and data were extracted for 10sec intervals.

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Considering the monotonous altitude nature of the check climb, the approximate constant heading and the wings level parts of the flight, trace matching using the synchronized data and video was performed as shown in the figure below.

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The benefit of this method was twofold: (i) The resulting altitude relation between tapeline and pressure altitude confirmed the OAT obtained by the test area weather forecast within 1deg C and the resulting ΔV to altitude relation confirmed the forecasted wind profile over the test altitude (ii) From the resulting relations the indicated airspeed and altitude traces could be generated along the stabilized parts of the climb with an airspeed accuracy of 1kt.

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F-35 HMD demo at OPL, Iowa

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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 scenarios were loaded demonstrating the operation and mode relevant symbology of the F-35 HMD, while in the same time, electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors were providing via telemetry real time assessment of the workload involved in the various phases of the missions. Additionally a hop was performed in an Mi-2 helicopter equipped with a LIDAR generating real-time obstacle cues on the HMD. Pretty cool flights and lots of lessons learnt on HMDs.

 

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Multi engine rating received

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ME rating received flying a Piper P-23 Apache. Great experience. Flying on more than one engines and handling engine failure cases adequately raises flying skills to a higher level. Off to the next one!

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

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After 5 years (2012) back in Oshkosh for two days full of aviation madness, witnessing thousands of airplanes, latest technology, the Blue Angels and an Apollo night forum with Buzz, Lovell, Borman, Haise, Worden an others… (speechless)

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Evaluation flight in the Jet Provost

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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, a more flight test engineering approach was followed, targeting the flight towards the collection of quantitative data. Possibly a presentation on the flight to take place in the next Annual SFTE Symposium. Following images include a sample of the raw data collected from portable instrumentation.

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TM demonstration and display optimization

A telemetry (TM) demonstration took place at ITPS facilities. In the mobile control room myself with the SETP Vice President monitoring relevant airplane parameters during a standard training test flight. The technical parts of data transfer and radio comms worked very well, but a number of deficiencies were identified on the monitoring real-time displays, to be fixed in the very near future.

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