2022 - Canada - Papers

Day 1 - October 25

Complete Agenda TBA

Day 2 - October 26

Complete Agenda TBA

Day 3 - October 27

Complete Agenda TBA

Invited Speakers

Technical Papers

  • Executing the First Automated Flight Test Maneuver on a Boeing Large Commercial Aircraft
  • How to Train your Space Tester, Part 2: Enabling Capabilities
  • First Flight of the eCaravan – magniX’s All-Electric Cessna 208B Technology Demonstrator
  • Flight Test Challenges for Certification of Urban Air Mobility Aircraft
  • The Canadian Vertical Lift Autonomy Demonstration Project – Preliminary Flight Test Feedback
  • Fundamental operational learnings in unmanned EVTOL aircraft flight testing
  • V-280 Valor Flight Test Lessons Learned
  • The Bell APT UAS Failsafe System: Flight Test Lessons Learned
  • Flight testing tomorrow’s complex systems
  • The Edges Inside the Envelope: Mode Transitions and Their Unintended Consequences
  • Showing Compliance in an Amendment 64 World
  • Air-to-Air Intercept Toolbox
  • Reduced Visibility Landing Symbology; Mitigating Degraded Visual Environment Landings through Improved Displays
  • Autonomous Air to Air Refueling for Unmanned Aircraft NRC Vertical Lift Flight Sciences: An Overview of the Technical, Scientific, Regulatory, and Operational Challenges of Implementing Certified Helicopter In-Flight Icing Capabilities
  • Bits versus pieces: how the evolution of systems could drive flight testing for the foreseeable future
  • Remote Testing of Prototype Aircraft: T-7A Distributed Test
  • Development and Flight Test of the Combined Vision System on the Global 5500 6500 Vision Platform
  • Outcome-Based Framework for Online Model Validation and Risk Awareness
  • A Flutter Exciter System for the Digital Age
  • Flight Test Methods for Unmanned Aircraft – Employment of Surrogates and Testbed Aircraft
  • Real-time cockpit airfoil performance monitoring
  • Data Hackathons: Jumpstarting Your Test Organization's Digital Transformation
  • V-22 High Altitude Envelope Expansion – integration of test directors into aircrew decision making
  • Systems Theoretic Process Analysis in Flight Test
  • Paper or Plastic? Exploring Inflight Use of Low-Cost, Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Software and Tablet Computer for Test Cards

Dave Vanhoy

USAF Test Pilot School

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Test Education - Back to the Future

The highest levels of leadership in the US Dept of Defense are advocating that we must "Accelerate Change, or Lose."  New technology is coming upon us at a rate unprecedented in human history.  How do we prepare current and future testers to handle the innovations in autonomy, AI & Machine Learning, big data, hypersonics, directed energy, expanding capabilities and roles of unmanned vehicles, electric propulsion, increasing sophistication of space assets, the growing requirement for interoperability of a large variety of vehicles, quantum computing, and on and on. How?  Well, maybe we focus on fundamental test principles.  Some of these have withstood the test of time and will remain impactful far into the future.  For example, the Scientific Method that we learned in high school remains an extremely powerful process independent of the technology under test.  Systems Engineering principles help refine this method relating to test.  Data driven conclusions still needs to be a focus for all testers.  But our current challenge in educating test professionals is holding onto the proven methods of the past while identifying the "new fundamentals" relating to testing our emerging technologies.  This is key to be successful in going Back to the Future.....

Timothy Jorris, PhD

Lockheed Martin

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Reaching the Future of Flight Test at Hypersonic Speed

First, the term hypersonic needs to be defined, and which types of vehicles are currently of most interest. To perform such hypersonic flight test at speeds in excess of Mach 5 presents its own set of unique constraints. Higher speeds translate to extended distances which disrupt a typical air vehicle flight test approach. Thus, where to test, how to test, how to collect data, how to satisfy safety requirements, manned or unmanned, one way or round trip, contingencies, and final performance are all new challenges which must be surmounted to have a successful hypersonic flight test program.

John Minor

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The Unique Challenges of UAV Flight Testing – Past, Present, and a Look Towards the Future

The test and evaluation (T&E) of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have always presented unique challenges for flight testers. As UAV design and operations increase in complexity and autonomy for expanding commercial use; more effective and efficient test methodologies and strategies will be required.  Professional flight testers must be trained to apply new advanced techniques and procedures to ensure successful UAV T&E outcomes. This presentation briefly summarizes the UAV flight test field, past, and present.  Evolving UAV T&E challenges will be discussed.  UAV test strategies that may be applied by future flight test professionals will be examined.

Jordan Stringfield, Dulnath Wijayratne, Darren G McDonald


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Executing the First Automated Flight Test Maneuver on a Boeing Large Commercial Aircraft

Flight test organizations in the future will develop new tools and techniques to address increasingly integrated systems and automation of aircraft. Higher fidelity models, and in turn higher precision flight test maneuvers, will be required to validate these complex aircraft. Boeing Flight Test Engineers are exploring quantitative flight test maneuvers where the added accuracy and precision that computers provide can result in significant quality, efficiency, and safety improvements. One maneuver, the Dutch Roll, came up as an ideal candidate to introduce automation into Boeing flight test. The team addressed technical challenges, tackled political hurdles, and applied new safety methodology to create a path for addition of future automated flight test maneuvers. This effort culminated in two extremely successful days testing conditions that would be challenging for any pilot. This project has far reaching implications into the future of flight testing, for Boeing, and the industry.

Evelyn Kent, Anna Gunn-Golkin, Michael Nayak, Michelle Willett, Emily Remeta, Charles Langdon


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How to Train your Space Tester, Part 2: Enabling Capabilities

USSF Space Test Course graduates are imparted with test fundamentals knowledge and a network of space test professionals. To further develop these space testers after graduation, certain tools and resources are necessary. This paper discusses three critical capabilities for the burgeoning US Space Force:

  1. Realistic simulators: Representative simulators are the safest way to gain repetitions in realtime decision-making, and to develop TTPs. Using flight-like software and tools provides the most effective training. A new term encompassing the variables of orbital warfare is introduced to assess simulator fidelity.
  2. Space Domain Awareness: Situational awareness is paramount in a war-fighting domain, including adversary activity, environment, and system behavior. SDA is a pre-requisite to COA development, but is complicated by limited domain visibility. Tools are needed to gather information to operations floors in near-real-time.
  3. Cross-functional networking: Operations and acquisitions communities must mingle to deliver useful capabilities. Blending career fields and mission areas inspires innovation and propagates useful capabilities across the force.

This paper will provide examples of tools in existing units, and will discuss how attending STC enhances a space tester’s knowledge and use of tools.

Ben Loxton, Jen Uchida, Steven Crane

MagniX, AeroTec

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First Flight of the eCaravan – magniX‘s All-Electric Cessna 208B Technology Demonstrator

In May of 2020, MagniX and AeroTEC successfully flew the first all-electric Cessna 208 Caravan (eCaravan). At the time, it was the largest commercial all-electric aircraft to fly. The test team was a combination of MagniX subject matter experts, with extensive flight test experience, and AeroTEC Flight Test Engineering, Test Pilot, and Maintenance staff. The program brought together outsourced components and required strict configuration control to ensure safety during the flight test program. Potential hazards were documented and discussed and a thorough risk mitigation plan was put into place to address the complexity of the system and new technology motor. Critical component failure during crucial phases of flight were taken into consideration and mitigation strategies were not only extensively practiced, but actually employed. This paper will examine the methods and processes used to modify the platform, prepare for the flights, mitigate identified risks, and execute the flight test program.

David Mitchell, David Klyde, Martin Schubert, Michael Jones, Trevor Strand, David Sizoo, Ross Schaller

Mitchell Aerospace Research, Systems Technology Inc., Tiltrotor Flight Test Consulting LLC, US Navy, FAA

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Flight Test Challenges for Certification of Urban Air Mobility Aircraft

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft present a novel series of challenges to the flight test community. Of the more than 500 designs that have been proposed in just the past few years, means of operation can vary greatly. Most designs incorporate hybrid lift/thrust sources, operating like helicopters at low speeds and airplanes at high speeds. Yet these vehicles do not fly at all like conventional aircraft in any flight regime, including possibly large changes in control and lift schemes as they transition between phases of flight.

Civil certification of these modern aircraft will require a multi-stage flight test program that extends far beyond that currently employed by either rotorcraft or fixed-wing airplane testers. Use of advanced flight control methods and cockpit inceptors dictates advanced flight test methods.

A concept common in the military world, and finding acceptance in the flight testing of civil helicopters, is the Handling Qualities Task Element (HQTE). The HQTE concept was introduced in the handling qualities aeronautical design standard developed for the U.S. Army, ADS-33E- PRF.1 (In that document, HQTEs are referred to with the more generic title of Mission Task Element, MTE.) The meant to assist, not replace, quantitative measures of overall acceptability