Professional Education International Fires up New Avionics & Weapons System Flight Test Course

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Professional Education International’s “Avionics & Weapons System Flight Test” course will be held in San Diego, California August 28-31, 2006. The course will be taught by leading expert, Robert McShea, of the National Test Pilot School.

How many test points do I need?

Professional Education International’s “Avionics & Weapons System Flight Test” course will be held in San Diego, California August 28-31, 2006. The course will be taught by leading expert Robert McShea of the National Test Pilot School.

This four-day course addresses the evolution of the flight test program: the need for the flight test program, assets required and the data types identified. The mystery of decrypting 1553 data, setting realistic testing goals and analyzing test data are explained. The types of Time Space Position Information (TSPI) are discussed as well as their relationship with test requirements. The differences in test programs and organizational structures are explained as well as the test community's relationship with the customer. The latest advancements in data acquisition, correlation, merging and analysis will be studied with an emphasis on true performance vs. the predicted. Each section contains an in class exercise used to reinforce the lecture series. A new section on Statistics Requirements for the Flight Test Engineer has been added at the request of previous participants. This section will attempt to answer the age old question, "How many test points do I need?" The lecture is augmented with video instruction as well as real life examples of flight test success and failures.

This course is designed for personnel involved with requirements definition, integration, development and test of avionics and weapons systems. Although the course is slanted to the test of systems in flight, the concepts are valid for ground and flight labs as well. Engineers new to the field as well as test managers will gain useful information from the course. Time is allotted within each section to discuss problems/questions which may be of particular interest to individual participants. No previous course or prior experience is required.

Robert E. McShea, B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Syracuse University, Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA. Responsible for the formulation, preparation and instruction of all Avionics and Weapons Systems taught at the school. Mr. McShea was formerly employed as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Northrop­Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California. His primary responsibilities include the integration, development and test requirements definition or the B­2 RADAR. Prior to that assignment, he was employed by the Grumman Corporation in Calverton Long Island as a Group Manager for Avionics and Weapons Systems Test, Test and Evaluation Department. His responsibilities included the development and test of new and upgraded avionics and weapons systems. A collateral duty involved the development of lectures on Flight Test Methodology and Requirements presented to potential FMS customers. Past positions within Grumman include: Project Engineer, F­14D Super Tomcat, Lead Test Conductor and Team Leader, F­14D upgrade, Research Engineer, Inertially Guided Technology Demonstrator, and Lead Vehicle Systems Test Engineer, X­29A Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator. Mr. McShea was formally a Captain in the US Air Force flying as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F­4 C/D/E aircraft. He has presented and published papers for AIAA: Flight Testing of the X­29A Technology Demonstrator and SFTE Symposium Advanced Techniques in Avionics Systems Flight Test.        

Professional Education International offers over 200 engineering short courses in on-site and public formats. More information is available on their website at or by calling toll-free 1 (866) 272-8095 or (818) 325-8095.


Joshua Boxer

Professional Education International

P.O. Box 261158

Encino, CA 91426-1158

(818) 325-8095 telephone

(818) 907-9437 fax


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