Accession Number : ADA320059

Title :   Volume IV. Flight Test Management. Chapter 2. Test Planning.

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOL EDWARDS AFB CA

PDF Url : ADA320059

Report Date : MAR 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : We must never make test and evaluation (T&E) an end unto itself. T&E is a subset of engineering. Regardless of who conducts the tests, makes the evaluations, and how the test results are used for program approval, T&E must be structured to take its input from and give its output to engineering. It must be tailored to the technical issues of the particular endeavor it is supporting whether it be an R&D experiment, an operational test, a first article test or even an in-house maintenance test. Our customers, the Defense establishment, and the public cannot afford T&E programs that are fully standardized, stand-alone and are planned to prove everything. T&E must be judiciously planned to ensure it is efficient and cost effective. The following sections will introduce the acquisition process and discuss test planning from both a mechanical and philosophical approach. The final section outlines the mechanics of planning the USAF Test Pilot School test management project. The appendicies contain documents, forms, and samples to simplify the TPS test management projects as well as instruct.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TESTING, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *TEST MANAGEMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, MAINTENANCE, OUTPUT, ACQUISITION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PILOTS, EFFICIENCY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, MECHANICS, ENGINEERING.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE