FTE 101: Fundamentals of Flight Test Engineering

FTE 101: Fundamentals of Flight Test Engineering

4 STUDENTS ENROLLED

Objectives: Fundamentals of Flight Test Engineering is a class-room course which will provide basic introduction to aircraft flight test concepts, methods, and planning.  Course focusses on concepts of aerodynamics, airplane performance, and stability and control. Practical exercises in aircraft performance, stability and control utilize single engine, multi-engine, and jet powered aircraft.

 

Textbooks:

Introduction to Flight Test Engineering, RTO AGARDograph 300, Flight Test Techniques Series – Volume 14, AC/323(SCI-FT3)TP/74

Flight Testing of Fixed-Wing Aircraft, Ralph D. Kimberlin, AIAA Education Series, ISBN-13 978-1563475641, ISBN-10 1563475642

 

Curriculum:

  1. Flight Test Overview
    1. Flight Test Engineer R&R
    2. Test Team Organization
    3. Safety
    4. Airworthiness Requirements
  2. Atmospherics
    1. Standard Atmosphere
    2. Pitot and Pitot-static Systems
    3. Altimetry & Altitude
    4. Aerodynamics
    5. Static Pressure
    6. Temperature
    7. Density
    8. Viscosity
    9. Pressure Altitude
    10. Density Altitude
  3. Aircraft Descriptions and Systems
    1. Flight & Engine Instruments
    2. Flight Controls
    3. Configurations & Characteristics
      1. Aircraft
      2. Wings/Airfoils
    4. Coordinate Systems
    5. Aircraft Systems
    6. Aircraft Weight & Loadings
  4. Aerodynamics – Intro
    1. Airspeeds: Errors & Calibration (V speeds)
    2. Pitot Statics
    3. Operating Limits
    4. Basic Lift Equation
      1. Lift Coefficient
      2. Dynamic Pressure & Surface Area
      3. Stall
    5. Drag Determination
    6. Load factors
    7. V-n Diagram & Aircraft Flight Envelope
    8. Propeller Theory
    9. Two-dimensional Aerodynamics
    10. Three-dimensional Aerodynamics
    11. Determination of Engine Power
  5. Aerodynamics – Flight Test
    1. Aircraft Single-engine Performance
      1. Level Flight Performance
      2. Turning Performance
    2. Takeoff and Landing Theory and Methods
    3. Longitudinal Stability – Static and Dynamic
    4. Lateral-Directional Aerodynamics
    5. Level Flight Performance – Propeller Driven and Jet Aircraft
    6. Range and Endurance
    7. Climb Performance
    8. Lateral Control – Roll Performance
    9. Directional Control
    10. Flying Qualities
    11. Stall Characteristics
    12. Maneuvering Loads
    13. High α
    14. Control of Airspeed & Altitude & AoA
    15. Aircraft Handling Qualities
    16. Flutter
  1. Flight Test Maneuvers
    1. Airspeed Calibration
    2. Symmetrical Maneuvers
    3. Rolling Maneuvers
    4. Yawing Maneuvers
    5. Stall
    6. High α
    7. Longitudinal Stability/Trim
    8. Roll Performance
    9. Accel-Decel
    10. Flutter
    11. Level Turn Performance
    12. Spin Recovery
    13. Sawtooth Climb – Climb Performance
    14. Power Required
    15. Max Performance Climb
    16. Man Performance Landing
    17. Control Pulse – Dynamic Response
    18. Doublet
    19. POPU
    20. Wind-up Turn
    21. Steady Heading Sideslips
  2. Test Planning and Operations
    1. Test Plan Development
    2. Test Card Development
    3. Safety & Risk Management
    4. Weather brief and minimums
    5. Instrumentation / Data Processing
      1. Telemetry and data recording
      2. Sensors
    6. Control Room Operations
      1. Radio communications
      2. Control room
      3. Crew Resource Managemet
      4. Terminology

2021 Course Schedule

april

17apr(apr 17)6:30 pm21(apr 21)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

19apr(apr 19)8:00 am23(apr 23)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

24apr(apr 24)6:30 pm28(apr 28)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003 and 2101

26apr(apr 26)8:00 am30(apr 30)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group

may

01may8:00 am05(may 5)5:00 pmOPS 102 Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations On-SiteOn-site compliment to OPS 102 course providing aircraft egress and sea survial training to complement post-landing human space flight system engineering instruction

06may(may 6)8:00 am09(may 9)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing

10may(may 10)8:00 am12(may 12)5:00 pmOPS 104 On-Site Mission Simulation TrainingOn-Site compliment to OPS 104 Orbital Mechanics and Mission Simulation using the IIAS Orion simulator to provide high-fidelity simulation of ISS rendezvous and docking missions.

13may(may 13)8:00 am16(may 16)5:00 pmEVA 105 Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory EVA Operations CampaignOn-Site compliment to EVA 105 Fundamentals of Underwater EVA Operations using the IIAS Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. This NAUI-certified prepares on to evaluate actual EVA space suits in analog underwater conditions.

17may(may 17)8:00 am21(may 21)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program

25may(may 25)8:00 am28(may 28)5:00 pmEVA 102 Operational Space Medicine Field CampaignField component to cover wilderness medicine in extreme environments, culminating with a 4-day on-site lab portion devoted to triage, scenarios and skills pertaining to wilderness medicine

29may01junEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology

june

06jun(jun 6)8:00 am12(jun 12)5:00 pmFTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Testing using Turbo Mooney aircraft.

13jun(jun 13)8:00 am19(jun 19)5:00 pmFTE 103 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to the FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test Course using Turbo Mooney, Piper Twin, and Pitts S2B aircraft.

july

10julAll Day20FeaturedAER 103 Noctilucent Cloud Imagery Field Research CampaignField campaign as part of AER 103, Airborne Noctilucent Cloud Imagery course to study noctilucent cloud formations through coordinated ground, airborne, and balloon observations.

november

01nov8:00 am05(nov 5)5:00 pmFeaturedEVA 104 Gravity-Offset EVA Space Suit Evaluation CampaignGravity-offset research campaign to evaluate the Final Frontier Design EVA space suit by applying the tools and techniques developed through EVA 102 and EVA 103 courses

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