Test Pilots

Have a safe flight!

This week we will talk about the important role of test pilot of aircraft and how this profession has evolved over time.

A test pilot is an aviator instructed to fly modified  or new generation aircrafts in specific maneuvers, allowing the measurement of results and the evaluation of design.

The test flight originated during the First World War, at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in the UK.

By the twenties it was further developed by the RAE in the UK, and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ( NACA ) in the United States.

During the fifties, the NACA was transformed into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA.

Nowadays the profession of test pilot has grown from the qualitative point of view and requires an excellent knowledge of aeronautical engineering in order to understand how and why a test is conducted.

Test pilots are above the average they have excellent analytical and psychophysical skills together with the ability to accurately follow a plane of flight even in the hardest conditions.

Test pilots’ deaths are drastically decreased due to the maturation of aircraft technology and, more recently, to the use of autopilot aircraft for the testing of innovative features.

Nevertheles, piloting experimental aircraft remains the most dangerous type of flight ever.