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MeetingACGS Committee Meeting 110 - Auburn, Maine - October 2012
8.4 Renewing Flying Qualities at USAF Test Pilot School: Changing the Culture and New Research Opportunities
TitleRenewing Flying Qualities at USAF Test Pilot School: Changing the Culture and New Research Opportunities
PresenterChris Cotting
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AbstractThe USAF Test Pilot School has undergone a major review of its flying qualities curriculum. During the review it was determined that the curriculum needed to be rewritten for modern flying and handling qualities concerns. The USAF TPS is currently one year into a five year program to revise the entire flying qualities program (both academics and flights). This new curriculum is designed to equip students to test aircraft in today’s USAF fleet. In designing the new curriculum concerns were raised about overburdening students with too much material within the limited time constraints of the school. To maximize the student’s learning potential during their tenure at USAF TPS modern educational theory was applied to the curriculum design. By crafting lectures and evaluation around carefully chosen objectives targeted learning opportunities can be delivered with a minimum amount of digression in the curriculum. Included in the new teaching topics are an increased emphasis on Cooper Harper testing, a presentation of multiple techniques for PIO testing, and the chance to apply multiple flying qualities criteria both in prediction and evaluation of aircraft.

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