Aircraft Electro-Optical Avionics Flight Test


This three-day module emphasizes the fundamental knowledge needed by evaluators to successfully demonstrate functionality and performance of aircraft installed Electro-optical systems. The lectures lay the foundation on which all avionics systems. This module is designed to provide the first the theoretical concepts behind EO systems and to then cover the testing necessary to verify system performance. The lectures will cover Infra-red, TV and LASER systems: physics behind the design, types of thermal imaging devices, spatial frequency, range finders and designators, importance of optics and Modulation Transfer Functions (MTF).

The audience for this course will encompass Flight Test Engineers, Program Managers, military and civilian aerospace workers, and DT/OT evaluators. The course is appropriate for newly hired or assigned personnel at these locations as well as seasoned veterans in the Test and Evaluation areas.

What you will learn:

Be familiar with the history, evolution and application of EO and IR systems. Understand the theory, flight test procedures, techniques and data analysis associated with electro-optic systems. You will also understand atmospheric propagation, target signatures. sources of radiation. spatial frequency and range predictions. electro-optic and infra-red test techniques, lasers and laser range finders.

Course Outline:

  1. The initial portion of the course reviews radiation theory while the remainder presents a detailed analysis of typical active and passive Electro-optical systems components. The instruction stresses the most correct and efficient means of evaluating these systems and predicting systems performance in both ground and flight environments.
  2. History, Evolution and Current Applications of EO Systems, EO Components (to include choices of detector elements) and Performance Requirements of Active and Passive EO Devices.
  3. Sources of Radiation, Atmospheric Properties of Radiation, Target Signatures, Target Tracking and Automatic Target Recognition.
  4. Target Discrimination and Range Predictions.
  5. Passive EO Systems Flight Test Techniques and Active EO Systems Flight Test.
  6. Two in-class exercises allow the students to calculate spatial frequencies and predict target discrimination ranges for multiple Imaging Systems.


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at


  • Robert E. McShea, B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Syracuse University, President, Aircraft Avionics Flight Test Consultants, LLC. Previous positions include Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA, Senior Technical Specialist at the Northrop Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California.. He was employed by the Grumman Corporation in Calverton Long Island as a Group Manager for Avionics and Weapons Systems Test, He is the author of the text, Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons systems, 2nd edition which is used as a text for this course.

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