New Flight Test Manual From EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association has published a new Flight Test Manual which brings the processes and procedures of professional flight testing to the amateur-built aircraft community.

The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and are an exclusive resource for amateur-built aircraft pilots using the EAA manual. Continue reading "New Flight Test Manual From EAA"

Exciting Flight Test Software

Starting out the morning at the annual EAA Technical Counselor/Flight Advisor breakfast, I saw a presentation by a Boeing test pilot about a new software package that can record the GPS data from a flight using a companion App, then plot it for debriefing later. This functionality is aimed at the educational market--but what is really interesting is the capability to accept data recorded from EFISs.

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New AC 90-89A (Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook) Issued by FAA

AC 90-89BThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the United States Ultralight Association (USUA), are concerned and committed to improving the safety record of amateur-built and ultralight aircraft. Past FAA Administrator, T. Allen McArtor, and past EAA President, Paul H. Poberezny, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 1, 1988, addressing the need for educational and safety programs to help amateur builders test fly their aircraft. This AC (90-89A) lists guidelines for flight testing amateur-built aircraft, using suggestions in the MOA. Continue reading "New AC 90-89A (Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook) Issued by FAA"

NFlightcam Captures More Than Video

The NFlightcam with optional mount set to record approach and landing.

For the Experimental aircraft builder/pilot who has completed a project and is now in the flight-test phase, there is nothing more valuable than performance data--all kinds of performance data. Yet nothing is more challenging in the aircraft during test flying than recording it.

The NFlightcam, a 4.3 ounce lipstick-style 1080p high definition wide angle (135°) audio/video camera is ideal for recording in the cockpit during flight, but there is more.

The NFlightcam, an adaptation of the popular Contour HD camera, is different in that it jacks straight into the aircraft's radio/intercom system to record all audio, and it comes with its own integral GPS mapping chip. That chip allows the user to map a flight on Google Maps, and determine performance across the track depicted (speed and altitude). A fully charged battery and a 16-GB SDHC card can provide the user with up to three hours of recording. The touch of one button begins and ends the recording process.

The NFlightcam with GPS is available from Sporty's Pilot Shop.