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Environmental testing: hot or cold?

The world of aerospace testing is no stranger to extreme conditions, but which end of the temperature envelope is the more challenging?

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Improving efficiency

Is it time you considered a Combined Test Team approach to improve efficiency through elimination of redundant testing?

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Flight simulators: passe or the future?

 Flight simulation is undoubtedly a valuable part of the aerospace testing process, but has technological development in the field stagnated?

Out with the old

A favored saying of safety engineers is, ‘There are no new accidents, only new victims’. Does this apply to aerospace testing in the modern era?

Best of times, worst of times?

From the outside, a career in aerospace testing seems as glamorous and exciting as ever. Is this really the case? Are we in a golden age? And are those that disagree guilty of looking back through rose-tinted spectacles?

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?