The 49th Annual Symposium will be hosted by the Coastal Empire Chapter at the DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia from 8-12 October 2018.
The theme this year is "Tomorrow's Flight Test".
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Need to to define the flight test engineer role description (ground operations, i.e. not actually back-seat flying) for professional insurance purpose.
I am looking for third-party liability coverage, and malpractice coverage
Would like to have your experience/recommendations
Drorit (from Israel)
First let me state a few obvious things. FTE responsibilities vary quite a bit. As you'd expect, large organizations have FTEs with a narrow range of duties, while small ones have fewer people who do more. In general, here are the things that must be done by one or more people typically called FTEs (sometimes called Operations Engineers or Aircraft Coordinators)
1) ensure the airplane configuration is suitable for the pending test. This does not imply any sort of mechanic skills or sign-off/inspection authority, but rather confirming such items have been addressed by whatever process the organization uses. This include normal airworthiness & maintenance items plus special flight test items.
2) ensuring non-aircraft test preparations and being done according to the flight test plan. This includes items such as scheduling test readiness reviews, data-pre checks, safety review board clearance, test facilities and ranges, ground crew prep, telemetry prep, and any special FT-related cockpit displays.
3)writing the flight test plans (in conjunction with pilots and the cognizant design engineer and safety reviewer). This encompasses all planning and execution steps and identifies and special qualifications and safety hazards and mitigation steps.
4) support the actual test execution from within the test airplane, a chase aircraft, ground position, or telemetry room. This could entail monitoring the test safety, technical quality, results, or backing up the flight crew.
5) Exhaustively reporting flight test results.