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ATI's Avionics & Weapons Systems Flight Test course

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    Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote

      This three-day course addresses the evolution of the flight test program: the need for the flight test program, assets required and the data types identified. The mystery of decrypting 1553 data, setting realistic testing goals and analyzing test data are explained. The types of Time Space Position Information (TSPI) are discussed as well as their relationship with test requirements. The differences in test programs and organizational structures are explained as well as the test community's relationship with the customer. The latest advancements in data acquisition, correlation, merging and analysis will be studied with an emphasis on true performance vs. the predicted. Each section contains an in class exercise used to reinforce the lecture series. A new section on Statistics Requirements for the Flight Test Engineer has been added at the request of previous participants. This section will attempt to answer the age old question, "How many test points do I need?" The lecture is augmented with video instruction as well as real life examples of flight test success and failures.


      Robert E. McShea, B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Syracuse University, Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA. Responsible for the formulation, preparation and instruction of all Avionics and Weapons Systems taught at the school. Mr McShea was formerly employed as a Senior Technical Specialist at the NorthropGrumman Corporation in Palmdale, California. His primary responsibilities include the integration, development and test requirements definition or the B2 RADAR. Prior to that assignment, he was employed by the Grumman Corporation in Calverton Long Island as a Group Manager for Avionics and Weapons Systems Test, Test and Evaluation Department. His responsibilities included the development and test of new and upgraded avionics and weapons systems. A collateral duty involved the development of lectures on Flight Test Methodology and Requirements presented to potential FMS customers. Past positions within Grumman include: Project Engineer, F14D Super Tomcat, Lead Test Conductor and Team Leader, F14D upgrade, Research Engineer, Inertially Guided Technology Demonstrator, and Lead Vehicle Systems Test Engineer, X29A Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator. Mr. McShea was formally a Captain in the US Air Force flying as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F4 C/D/E aircraft. He has presented and published papers for AIAA: Flight Testing of the X29A Technology Demonstrator and SFTE Symposium Advanced Techniques in Avionics Systems Flight Test.

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    Who Should Attend:

      This course is designed for personnel involved with requirements definition, integration, development and test of avionics and weapons systems. Although the course is slanted to the test of systems in flight, the concepts are valid for ground and flight labs as well. Engineers new to the field as well as test managers will gain useful information from the course. Time is allotted within each section to discuss problems/questions which may be of particular interest to individual participants. No previous course or prior experience is required.

    Course Outline:


    • What is Flight Test
    • Why is there a need for Flight Test
    • Program Concepts/Goals
    • Contractual Requirements
    • DTE/OTE Differences
    • Demonstration/Spec Compliance
    System Architecture
    • 1553/1760 Bus Overview
    • Data Words and Messages
    • Bus Controllers and Remote Terminals
    • Other Data Busses (ARINC 429, EBR-1553, IEEE 1394b)
    Range Sources/Attributes/TSPI
    • Types of Time, Space, Position Information
    • Accuracies
    • Sensor Fusion
    • GPS/DGPS
    • Threat Emitter Ranges
    Crew Station Evaluation and Human Factors

    • Purpose of the Crew Station Evaluation
    • Minimum Crew Requirements
    • Workload and Workload Assessment
    • Subjective Rating Scales
    Controls and Displays
    • Types of Testing
    • Evaluation and Functional Tests
    • Requirements and Pertinent Documentation
    Statistics Used in Avionics Testing
    • Circular Error Probable
    • Distributions
    • Confidence Intervals
    • Determination of Data Collection Requirements
    Typical Avionics and Weapons Systems
    • Electro-magnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC)
    • Communications
    • INS
    • GPS
    • RADAR
    • EO/IR
    A Typical Flight Test Program
    • Defining the Test
    • Asset Planning
    • Estimating
    • Preparation of the Test Plan
    • Test Objectives/Points/Cards
    • Brief. Debrief and Conduct of Flight
    • Flight Analysis and Reporting
    Lessons Learned


    Tuition for this three-day course is $1840 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to

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