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 in the world. The flight was part of a project investigating options for a variable stability aircraft. Many thanks to TU Munich and Diamond for this opportunity.

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Performance Flight Test Course, Tampere, Finland

The Performance phase of the FinAF Flight Test Course was delivered during February at Tampere Finland.  The course covered the standard performance topics, focusing more on modern fighter aircraft and performance model validation. During the course the Hawk Mk.66 was used extensively.
I am very confident to say that ITPS has delivered another world top quality military flight test course resulting in a very satisfied customer.

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2018 message

“Yesterday was early
Tomorrow will be late
Today is the time”

Happy New Year!

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T-33 flight with Snort

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Snort & Turf (Dec 6, 2017)

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 the one who performed that incredible super low, super close pass next to the USS America (CV-66) in 1988.

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Abstract reviewer for AIAA Aviation 2018

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Abstracts reviewed for AIAA Aviation 2018 Flight Testing Conference. Promising bunch of papers coming up. Looking forward to Atlanta GA for an exciting event.

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NDI Principles & Flying Qualities Testing of Modern Combat Aircraft

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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 FCS for Nonlinear Control
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion structure and Control Allocation
  • F-35 FCS characteristics and FQ testing cases
  • Preparation for FQ testing of modern combat aircraft
  • Challenges and tools
  • FQ Envelope Expansion
  • MIL-STD-1797 and frequency based FQ criteria
  • Evaluation Maneuvers and examples
  • High AoA FQ testing
  • ITPS training approach

The event is open free of charge to SETP and SFTE members of the Canadian chapters.

The event will be capped by a Gala Dinner and Graduation Event featuring Keynote Speaker Brian Binnie and the presentation of diplomas to this year’s graduating classes of test pilots and flight test engineers.

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SFTE 48th Annual Symposium Destin, FL

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A great event reached its end with a visit to the Naval Aviation National Museum and Air Force Armament Museum.

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