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Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems, 2ND EDITION
Author: Robert McShea

Copyright: 2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 860
ISBN: 9781613531761
List Price: $175.00

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Truly successful flight engineers know there is no “cookbook” for avionics and weapons systems testing.  They know the ground rules, possess knowledge of past tests, and remember the lessons they learned (good and bad).  The first edition of Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems was a highly successful book because it served as both textbook and practical reference for all personnel involved in evaluation and testing, from pilots in the air to engineers and technicians on the ground.  While there are several books for evaluating an aircraft’s handling and flying qualities, this is the only known book for evaluating avionics and weapons systems.

Now in its Second Edition, this is a primer on the basics of test and evaluation using methods gleaned from a multitude of programs and test engineers over the past 30 years.  Comments from readers and users of the first edition indicated a desire to include materials on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as well as EO/IR evaluations.  A complete chapter has been added on evaluating UAV systems (expanding on previous information in the first edition) and Night Visions Systems and Helmet Mounted Displays have also been given a full chapter.  Other reader comments on issues unique to helicopter test have been addressed, as well as the significant changes in civilian regulatory and advisory material.

This book is written to accompany a six month course of instruction in Avionics and Weapons Systems Evaluation which was developed by the author and currently presented at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California.  The book reflects the culmination of this course as accredited by ABET and approved by the State of California as a requisite for a Master of Science Degree in Flight Test Engineering.

• Flight Test Engineers
• Program Managers
• Aerospace Workers (Military, Commercial)
• Flight Test Range and Instrumentation Support Personnel
• Military Flight Test Centers

TABLE OF CONTENTS (Use the Explore button to see the full TOC)
1. What is Avionics Flight Test and Why Do We Need It?
2. Time, Space, Position Information TSPI
3. Mil-Std-1553 and Digital Data Busses: Data Reduction and Analysis
4. Communications Flight Test
5. Navigation Systems
6. Part 23/25/27/29 Avionics Civil Certifications
7. Electro-optical and Infrared Systems
8. Radio Detection and Ranging - RADAR
9. Electronic Warfare
10. Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground Weapons Integration
11. A Typical Avionics Integration Flight Test Program
12. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
13. Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) and Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD)
14. Acquisition, Test Management, and Operational Test and Evaluation


Robert McSheaRobert McShea, is the Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA. He is 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 Northrop-Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California. His primary responsibilities include the integration, development and test requirements definition for 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 formerly 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.

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