Test & Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics & Weapon Systems

Test & Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics & Weapon Systems



Test & Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics & Weapon Systems

Author : Robert E. McShea
Year : 2010
BookType : Hardcover
Pages : 800
ISBN : 9781600867606

Language– English

Test & Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics & Weapon Systems by Robert E. McShea.

DESCRIPTION Truly successful flight engineers know there is no “cookbook” for avionics and weapons systems testing.  They know the ground rules, possess knowledge of past tests, and remember the lessons they learned (good and bad).  The first edition of Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems was a highly successful book because it served as both textbook and practical reference for all personnel involved in evaluation and testing, from pilots in the air to engineers and technicians on the ground.  While there are several books for evaluating an aircraft’s handling and flying qualities, this is the only known book for evaluating avionics and weapons systems.

Now in its Second Edition, this is a primer on the basics of test and evaluation using methods gleaned from a multitude of programs and test engineers over the past 30 years.  Comments from readers and users of the first edition indicated a desire to include materials on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as well as EO/IR evaluations.  A complete chapter has been added on evaluating UAV systems (expanding on previous information in the first edition) and Night Visions Systems and Helmet Mounted Displays have also been given a full chapter.  Other reader comments on issues unique to helicopter test have been addressed, as well as the significant changes in civilian regulatory and advisory material.

This book is written to accompany a six month course of instruction in Avionics and Weapons Systems Evaluation which was developed by the author and currently presented at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California.  The book reflects the culmination of this course as accredited by ABET and approved by the State of California as a requisite for a Master of Science Degree in Flight Test Engineering.

Audience • Flight Test Engineers • Program Managers • Aerospace Workers (Military, Commercial) • Flight Test Range and Instrumentation Support Personnel • Military Flight Test Centers

TABLE OF CONTENTS (Use the Explore button to see the full TOC) 1. What is Avionics Flight Test and Why Do We Need It? 2. Time, Space, Position Information TSPI 3. Mil-Std-1553 and Digital Data Busses: Data Reduction and Analysis 4. Communications Flight Test 5. Navigation Systems 6. Part 23/25/27/29 Avionics Civil Certifications 7. Electro-optical and Infrared Systems 8. Radio Detection and Ranging – RADAR 9. Electronic Warfare 10. Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground Weapons Integration 11. A Typical Avionics Integration Flight Test Program 12. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 13. Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) and Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) 14. Acquisition, Test Management, and Operational Test and Evaluation.


Bob McShea was one of my instructors at the National Test Pilot School and I learned about his book project years ago. I am very excited that his book is available. He is a great instructor! –Dieter Reisinger – Aviation Experts, Austria

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Dimensions 20.6 × 3.6 × 25.9 cm


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