Reducing the Number of Flight Tests Needed by Aircraft
New airplanes and helicopters require a significant amount of flight testing before they can be deemed safe.
However, Dr. Ruxandra Mihaela Botez, Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modelling and Simulation Technologies, is finding other ways to ensure the safety of aircraft while reducing the number of flight tests needed.
She is using an aircraft research flight simulator to validate the flight dynamics of business aircraft; a wind tunnel to test the aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and controls of various types of aircraft and rotorcraft; and an autonomous aerial system for active controls flight testing.
By reducing the amount of flight testing, Botez’s research could significantly reduce energy consumption and lead to a greener aerospace industry.