Standard Airspeed Calibration Procedures

Air data calibration has been one of the most data rich disciplines in flight test for some time. Here the Air Force Flight Test Center released Technical Information Handbook 81-5 discusses flight test techniques for air data calibration.

In fact, the science of air data calibration is so well-defined, that you can see a “trailing cone” air data calibration device hanging from the back of the tail on this Boeing 787 (photo credit:

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