Airplanes by Design is a weekly column of airplane photos taken from a test pilot perspective–it’s been going for over a year now, so I thought a review/summary was in order. This column rests on three key principles: 1. We can gain a valuable perspective on the flight test of aircraft old and new by […]
This NASA video shows both the vibration data and video of an aerostructure being tested for flutter. The video starts with the aircraft at Mach 0.80. As the aircraft begins to accelerate to M 0.85, a flutter mode is encountered, so rapidly that the flight test engineer cannot issue the terminate command soon enough to […]
A discussion on flight test instrumentation including low cost alternatives is available here from the Royal Aeronautical Society.