Services that AvioConsult can provide
Flight testing or evaluating aircraft or simulators
Flight Test Training is provided by only a few
(military) Test Pilot Schools in the world. Test Pilot Schools (TPS) were
founded by the lead aviation countries following World War II when expensive
prototype airplanes were lost and pilots died during (experimental) flight
testing or evaluating aircraft and aircraft systems because of the lack of
proper flight test knowledge and experience. Experimental flight testing
requires a lot more than just a pilot license.
The TPS entry level is usually an MSc degree in engineering, or a BSc and an
entry exam, and more than 1,000 flight hours.
Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers are trained together to form a flight test
crew for preparing, conducting and reporting flight testing in known and unknown
Graduates of these schools are the best trained operational aviation
professionals in the world. During their one year long training they
conducted flight-tests in more than 20 different types of aircraft, including
gliders, fighter jets, big and small propeller aircraft, big transports,
helicopters and simulators, and received some 600 hours of MSc-level academics
and laboratory time.
Refer to the Links page for a few
details on Test Pilot Schools.
Certification of an aircraft to government
rules and regulations certainly tells you a lot about the airworthiness and the
safety of the aircraft, but nothing yet on the requirements that you might have
for the flying machine (or its simulator), to earn money with.
AvioConsult advices on evaluating aircraft and simulators to
certification regulations as well as to user requirements, and advices on
verification of performance, flying qualities or (airborne) systems in
co-operation with flight crew of the customer.
Aircraft accident investigations are
performed by government agencies. AvioConsult can assist
with clarification of the reports and provide you with an independent
advice on the operational aspects of the investigation and the
conclusions in the accident reports. The papers and analyses
presented on the
Download pages may serve as examples. AvioConsult can also assist with, or
monitor the investigations.
Designing cockpit procedures that can be
used during normal and abnormal operations and during emergencies requires
specific expertise and experience. In anything can go wrong, it
might not if a perfect checklist is being used. AvioConsult
has many years of experience in writing and reviewing the contents of
aircrew checklists and operational manuals. In the
paper Airplane Control and Accident Investigation after Engine Failure, that
is introduced on the
Downloads page (#3), many improvement proposals are presented.
See also the 2019 paper
Safety-critical Procedure Development Requires High Level Multi-Disciplinary Knowledge on the
Downloads page (#12).