Accession Number : ADP006037

Title :   Minimizing Development Flight Test Time and Cost in the U.S. Air Force,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Adolph, Charles E.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Flight testing has undergone some major changes in the past 20 years. The largest single technical change, the need to evaluate software-intensive systems, resulted from advances in computer technology. Test management concepts have changed as well. These changes were driven in part by technology and in part by a need for the Air Force to become more involved early in the test process. Today's avionics systems present both a quantum leap in capability and a quantum jump in test requirements. With workload growing both in magnitude and complexity, the challenge is to meet the increased demands cost-effectively and safely. For software-intensive systems, a ground-based simulation dedicated to the support of the flight test program is essential. This paper summarizes today's methods of operation which are geared to minimizing development time and costs. The focus of this process is on productivity--doing the right testing in the proper sequence in the most efficient and safest possible manner.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *FLIGHT TESTING, AIR FORCE, AVIONICS, COMPUTERS, GROUND BASED, GROWTH(GENERAL), QUANTUM THEORY, REQUIREMENTS, SIMULATION, TEST AND EVALUATION, TEST MANAGEMENT, TIME, WORKLOAD.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE