Browsing: Opinion

A measured approach to decision-making

Peter Kelley, a former senior metrologist at the National Weights & Measures Laboratory and training development manager at the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), takes a look at the difference between calibration and testing, at metrological traceability and uncertainty in measurement, and considers the significance of possible measurement errors in final test and calibration results

Tech advances

The development rate of consumer electronics has been meteoric over the past few decades, whereas aircraft undergoing testing are often fundamentally unchanged. Does this huge technological advance make aerospace testing a formality in this day and age?

Error prone?

A spate of recent air accidents has been attributed to human factors. Is this an emerging trend or simply history repeating itself?

Recovery position

The aerospace testing community has recently experienced a number of catastrophic, loss-of-platform accidents. Naturally, the short-term response is to seek answers in support of safe return-to-flight. What do such incidents mean for the long-term success of the program?

The student engineering culture

Space has traditionally been the jewel in the crown of the aerospace testing world – the ultimate showcase for a nation’s technological prowess. But has the public lost its appetite for extraterrestrial achievements?

Keeping standards: Twin engine certification

There are two areas of enormous development with civil airliners: commercial change and technological change. It can be argued that the biggest game changer was the breakthrough in certifying twin-engined larger airliners

Peer pressure

Successful test flights are good advertising, but incidents in aerospace testing can propel organizations into the headlines worldwide for all the wrong reasons. Should such activities be locked away behind closed doors?

Ivory tower or shop floor?

The aerospace testing community is made up of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, but does formal education offer an advantage over on-the-job training?

Is more or less best?

Aerospace testing activities are often accused of being ‘process heavy’ – too much time is spent on activities that do not directly produce results. Is this accusation fair?