BravoOne wrote:Well one of our regular posters here should be able to put definitve answer to your question and in the case of Boeing there are so many pilots who are not connected directly with Production flight test, Boeing Test and Evaluation, yet remain in various flight operational capacities it's sometimes hard to keep the real pilots seperated from the bit players. Besides Production and BTE pilots you have FT-A, Flight Training Airplane and maybe another 100+ contract flight training pilots. Also there are "Safety" pilots based here in the US, and other countries like China. The list goes on and on....
stratclub wrote:Kind of of a romanticized dissertation Me thinks. You could probably write something just as interesting about janitors or garbage collectors or meter readers. Really, pilots aren't that much different than most folks.
stratclub wrote:Flight test is pretty mundane stuff, really. Hours of hard work by a professional team whose primary mission is to validate the aircrafts Type Certificate. Hours upon hours of planning to where the flight profile and the instrumentation data to be collected is spelled out to a Tee. The flight is flown according to what amounts to a script that the Test Director uses to direct the crew specifically to what they need to do to meet the test requirements as well as the instrumentation measurements that need to be recorded by the instrumentation engineers. The Test Director, Flight Crew and instrumentation all work off of this scripted test plan to meet the test requirements of the flight.
stratclub wrote:The role for a production pilot is more straight forward. An aircraft will be flown and the pilot has a pretty specific flight profile for each model. Any flight squawks will be worked back and usually there might be squawks the require a re flight. Once the aircraft is accepted by Boeing the customer will fly the aircraft and same way, flight squawks are worked back and the plane will be re flown if required until the aircraft is accepted by the customer.
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