Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapon Systems, 2nd Edition is a unique training book which serves as both a text and practical reference for all personnel involved in avionics and weapons system evaluation and testing, in the air and on the ground. Whether training pilots and personnel or planning to test systems, this book provides readers with the fundamentals and practical information needed to get the job done.
This new edition has been updated and expanded to offer additional chapter exercises plus three new chapters;
- UAV technology has exploded on the scene, therefore creating a high demand for a guide to UAV testing,
- Operational Test and Evaluation is a specialised form of testing accomplished by the end-user before final acceptance of the product,
- Night Vision Systems and Helmet Mounted Displays are also newer technologies advanced in the revised edition.
- Chapter 2: Time, Space, Position Information
- Chapter 3: MIL-STD-1553 and Digital Data Busses: Data Reduction and Analysis
- Chapter 4: Communications Flight Test
- Chapter 5: Navigation Systems
- Chapter 6: Part 23/25/27/29 Avionics Civil Certifications
- Chapter 7: Electro-optical and Infrared Systems
- Chapter 8: Radio Detection and Ranging - Radar
- Chapter 9: Electronic Warfare
- Chapter 10: Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground Weapons Integration
- Chapter 11: A Typical Avionics Integration Flight Test Program
- Chapter 12: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
- Chapter 13: Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) and Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD)
- Chapter 14: Acquisition, Test Management, and Operational Test and Evaluation
Robert E. McShea is the Director of 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, CA. His primary responsibilities included 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 in the 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.