Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapon Systems, 2nd Edition
Technology is ever-changing in the field of aircraft avionics and new systems may require a different approach to testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revises its regulatory material as a result of system updates and therefore requirements for airworthiness testing also need to be updated.
Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapon Systems, 2nd Edition is a unique training book which serves as both a text and practical reference for all personnel involved in avionics and weapons system evaluation and testing, in the air and on the ground. Whether training pilots and personnel or planning to test systems, this book provides readers with the fundamentals and practical information needed to get the job done.
This new edition has been updated and expanded to offer additional chapter exercises and include three new chapters;
- UAV technology has exploded on the scene, therefore creating a high demand for a guide to UAV testing
- Operational Test and Evaluation is a specialised form of testing accomplished by the end-user before final acceptance of the product
- Night Vision Systems and Helmet Mounted Displays are also newer technologies advanced in the revised edition
About the Author
The book is a compilation of experiences and methods from over 29 years in the business and interaction with Test Pilots and Test Engineers over the last 17 years as an Instructor/Director at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California.
Robert McShea is the Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA and is responsible for the formulation, preparation and instruction of all Avionics and Weapons Systems taught at the school. Formerly employed as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Northrop-Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California, his primary responsibilities included the integration, development and test requirements definition for the B2 RADAR.
This book will be a useful reference for all personnel involved in avionics and weapons system evaluation and testing, in the air and on the ground including both private and military test pilot schools.
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Robert McShea’s second edition of Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapon Systems is a timely update of a highly regarded text. The second edition retains the readability and excellent graphics that made the first edition a useful resource while adding important new material.
The updated material on civil certification will prove beneficial to avionics engineers as they prepare their avionics systems to go through FAA certification. With the rapid expansion of Unmanned Air Systems(UAS) in both military and civilian applications the chapter on data links as well as the new chapter on these UAS platforms will benefit engineers and program managers as they migrate from manned aircraft to UAS procurement and testing.
Modern aircraft are relying more heavily on night vision devices and helmet mounted display systems. The additional chapter on NVIS and helmet mounted displays provides the flight test professional an excellent overview of the testing methodology for these integrated display systems.
Overall, this text is an excellent update of an already valuable reference for the systems flight test professional and should be a ready reference for all flight test engineers and aircrew working in the discipline.
Vernon Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Florida Tech, Academic Staff, U.S.N.T.P.S.