6/10/2008 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The U.S. Air Force
Test Pilot School class 07B graduated in a ceremony at Edwards
on June 7.
The school's 148th class is the first to receive a Master of
Science in Flight Engineering degree upon completion of this
Class 07B consisted of eight flight test pilots, eight flight
test engineers and two flight test weapons systems officers
from the United States, India and Israel.
Each student has completed more than 2,500 hours of academics
and about 120 hours of in-flight training -- each student puts
in about six hours per day of instructor contact time, not including
academic and flight preparation time.
During the final six months of the year at TPS, students demonstrated
what they learned from across the curriculum by planning and
executing real-world test management projects. Class 07B's TMPs
HAVE MOTO was a parameter estimation for the TG-14 aircraft.
A motorglider was instrumented with accelerometers, rate gyros
and two air data probes. Data from the characteristic response
of the aircraft to basic control inputs were used to estimate
the stability and control derivatives. The team members included
Maj. Devin Traynor, Israeli Air Force Maj. Rotem Maril, Indian
Air Force wing commander Lt. Col. Gyandeep Singh, Capt. Elliott
Leigh and Capt. Mike Marlin.
HAVE CARRYALL explored the technical feasibility of a carry-on
data acquisition system, which required no modification to the
host aircraft. The test team evaluated a personal flight data
recorder with display. The recorder consisted of a kneeboard
computer, inertial measurement unit, Global Positioning System
receiver, video camera and audio recorder. The touch-screen
kneeboard computer functioned as a display and control panel
and also recorded data for post-flight review. Team members
were Capt. Matthew Caspers, Capt. Mark Jones Jr., Navy Lt. James
Allen and Capt. David Hoffman.
HAVE SATCHEL researched the technical ability and utility of
collecting flight test information with a carry-on data system.
The test team evaluated a flight test assistance, which consisted
of a kneeboard display, inertial measurement unit and a Global
Positioning System. The team included Capt. Matt Phillips, Maj.
Jeff Freedman, Capt. Kirt Cassell and Capt. Deepak Peter.
HAVE TRON compared the performance of a modified AN/ALQ-188B
electronic attack training pod to a legacy pod for the Air National
Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center. Testing explored the modifications
made to the pod including GPS tracking, automation, internal
environmental sensors and the waveform signal power for various
waveform techniques. The test pod was flown on an F-16 Fighting
Falcon with the legacy AN/ALQ-188 flown on another F-16 as a
means of comparison. Pod effects on the F-16's APG-68 radar
were also investigated. Team members included Capt. Daniel Javorsek,
Capt. Robert Hines, Capt. Jeffrey Dillard, Capt. Michael Jungquist
and Capt. Timothy Sablotny.
Each student has been trained to lead members of a flight test
team in the latest methods of flight testing, systems evaluation
and test management, while instilling the cooperation and understanding
between test team members necessary for successful flight test
Source: USAF Edwards AFB Press Release by Annamaria Taylor