Finnish Air Force selects EFT as EASA CAT 2 Training Provider

EFT is the winner of an international competition for EASA CAT 2 training for Finnish Air Force test pilots and flight test engineers. The contract, awarded by the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command, tasks EFT to provide training for up to 10 Air Force participants. The course will be performed at Finnish Air Force premises in Finland and is complemented by live video distance learning.

EFT is proud to serve the Finnish Air Force as flight test training provider.

Fully Instrumented Aircraft added to Training Fleet

EFT has recently added a fully instrumented aircraft to its growing fleet of training assets. The Remox GX with its more than 100 measurable flight parameters is the perfect aircraft for an efficient training of our students. Flight test techniques w.r.t. to performance and handling qualities can be measured in real-time and recorded with 100 Hz for extensive and precise post-flight analysis. Handling qualities can be further analyzed by tuning the installed experimental fly-by-wire system and thus simulating surrogate aircraft in-flight. Students and interns will appreciate the possibilities to apply control theory in a real flying – yet safe by an integrated override capability – environment.

Furthermore, the Remox GX and its wing mounting system allows for variable and quick installation of custom-made underwing pods for sensor or environmental airborne testing. Customers can integrate and test their payloads (up to 10 kg) in the lab. This minimizes expensive aircraft usage time and is an efficient tool especially for small and medium sized enterprises to flight-test their hardware.

A telemetry system for the download of aircraft and mission system data is currently in development. Combine fly-by-wire and telemetry – the next logical step is an optionally piloted vehicle.

EFT won Contract from Air Astana for MCF Training

EFT won a contract from Air Astana, Kazakhstan, who asked for a maintenance check flight (MCF) course for a selected group of their Boeing 767 pilots. This very first group of airline pilots successfully passed the course and were awarded the MCF-training certificate. EFT´s course was designed to meet the stringent EASA requirements and included upset prevention training (UPRT). 

A highly specialised training is required whenever an airline plans to conduct “Level A” MCFs after heavy maintenance. Airlines typically schedule their most experienced pilots to get the job done. Depending on the nature of the maintenance task, a variety of system checks has to be performed on ground and in flight before the aircraft is allowed to re-enter scheduled service.

The course was held by our Chief Flight Test Pilot Dr. Dieter Reisinger, a 737, 777 and former 767 technical pilot. Dieter was supported by Capt. Dave Carbaugh, a retired Boeing flight test pilot and winner of the “European Flight Test Safety Award”. Dave is rated on all Boeing models. He is a former U.S. Air Force and Boeing instructor pilot. Dave´s 30 years of flight test experience on all Boeing models definitely added great value to this very first MCF course. The five days of academic training in our school were complemented by practical training in a 767 Level D Full Flight Simulator at our partner Lufthansa Aviation Training in Frankfurt. The students successfully passed an oral exam.

We thank Air Astana for trusting EFT. We provide competence in flight test training. EFT is looking forward to adding value to airline pilot training in this segment. Congratulations to the three KC pilots!

EASA completes UAS Training at EFT

With delivery drones, new e-VTOL concepts and military UAVs to enter the European airspace, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) needs to develop new certification standards which reflect the specific aspects of unmanned aircraft.

With its unique team of UAS experts and located just a one-hour drive from its premises in Cologne, EASA chose EFT as its UAS training supplier. EFT’s instructors, who formerly worked in prominent positions in major UAS programs like Barracuda, EURO HAWK and NATO AGS, provided a holistic overview of UAV history, concepts, design, certification, flight test, electrical propulsion and safety. The topics were highlighted from a manufacturer’s view as well as from a civil and military operational view. Although rather young in history, several lessons-learned could already be drawn, which will be incorporated into certification guidelines and will help to avoid future design flaws. Due to COVID restrictions the training was delivered as a one-week webinar.

EFT thanks EASA for its trust and stands by for further support in order to make UAS as safe and efficient as possible.

Source: FAZ.net

Two Master Students to enhance Simulator

Asked by their professor, Dr. Manuela Battipede, if EFT would give two of her most highly performing and motivated students the chance to perform the Master thesis and internship in flight test and simulation at EFT, we immediately agreed. Soon therafter Andrea and Diego from Poltecnico di Torino, Italy joined our team as the first Master students of our company. The objective of their thesis is to develop a model of the Blackshape Prime BS100 light aircraft in Matlab/Simulink, integrate it into the simulator software X-Plane, and finally validate it in real flights.

As part of their internship they have integrated Virtual Reality into the simulator, which will offer our customers a stunningly immersive experience. Next project will be the installation of a 6-DOF moving platform for the simulator, which will further enhance the VR-experience.

As part of the intercultural benefit the EFT team already enjoyed original homemade Italian tiramisu, while the students had an encounter with brezels and sausage.

Luftwaffe completes OT&E Course as Launch Customer

In April two pilots and two technical officers from the German Air Force successfully performed a 3-weeks customized OT&E course at EFT’s new Integrated Training and Simulation Center (ITSC). Within this high workload course, the students evaluated 7 different aircraft and helicopter types with increasing complexity. The goal of the course was to enable the team to evaluate military airborne systems w.r.t. mission effectiveness and operational suitability by application of structured and standardized evaluation and reporting procedures. Despite pandemic restraints the course could be conducted as planned due to the stringent hygiene concept and strict testing philosophy. EFT is very proud to serve the German Air Force as a reliable training partner.

Courses completed for the German Military Aviation Authority

EURO FLIGHT TEST is proud to announce the successful completion of two courses for the German MAA (Luftfahrtamt der Bundeswehr – LufABw): Aircraft Stability & Control and CS-23/FAR Part 23. Being a certification engineer requires a profound knowledge of aircraft design, safety critical software and hardware as well as evaluation of flight test programs. During the two courses the certification engineers were able to get an overview / update of the relationship between flight test and certification evidence, which was enhanced by practical inflight experience. We thank the LufABw for its trust and support during the COVID-19 time and look forward to a fruitful continuation of our partnership.

Master of Flight Test Engineering Program

EURO FLIGHT TEST has partnered with the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI) to jointly offer the Master of Science program “Flight Test Engineering”. Such a program is unique in Germany and will be held in English. Administrative and content-related details are being worked out during the course of the coming months with tremendous support from THI. Depending on several factors the first class could be launched in 2022.

EURO FLIGHT TEST selected THI as its partner because of the shared spirit of “thinking outside the box”, both organizations being very young and agile. Additionally THI is located right at the aerospace hub in Germany, with the German Military Flight Test Center (WTD 61) and Airbus Defence & Space in close proximity.

If you are interested in updates about the program please visit our M.Sc. webpage or send an email to masterprogram@euroflighttest.com.

EURO FLIGHT TEST adds combat aircraft to its training

L-39EURO FLIGHT TEST proudly announces its newest training aircraft, the L-39 Albatros. The L-39 is the most widely used military jet trainer in the world.
In addition, with its ceiling of almost 38.000 ft and its substantial payload capacity it is a great airborne testbed for sensors.

See more details in our Aircraft section.