Flight Test

American Academy of Aeronautics has its own aircraft which can be used for flight test, subject to FAA regulations and the Academy's own safety evaluation.

In general, the Academy can handle small payloads, either in the form of observational experiments or experimental avionics that are separate from the avionics systems of the aircraft. In designing a flight profile, flight test engineers confer with the customer's technical representative to see how the test program's objectives can be achieved.

Most operations are performed in the region of northern California and Neveda, but arrangements can be made to do tests elsewhere.

The Academy does not normally deal with flight test of propulsive or structural elements.

Regulatory and Safety Considerations

Aircraft operation is subject to FAA regulations. The Academy has considerable experience in understanding the FAA regulatory environment and is willing to consult with customers on how to meet those constraints for the type of flight test to be performed. The following is a basic summary of how this generally impacts flight test for customers.

  • No permanent modifications can be made to the aircraft without FAA approval. This is intended to maintain the air worthiness of the aircraft. The Academy will additionally evaluate whether it can adequately support equipment or payload to be used in flight.
  • Only holders of FAA pilot certificates may be aboard the aircraft. Non-certificated passengers are not allowed. If equipment needs to be operated in flight, then arrangements should be made to train Academy flight personnel or have qualified flight personnel who can take part in the test.