Manufacturer's Flight Testing for Reliability and Maintainability 640606

Manufacturer's Flight Testing for Reliabil­ity and Maintainability. Bryan E. Mahon, Flight Test Operations Manager, The Boeing Company. Initial developmental and certification test fly­ing verifies the design, reveals unexpected de­fects, and suggests improvements. Production testing verifies quality control in manufactur­ing. Close attention to test results by the designers is necessary to insure early recognition of problems which would become chronic in service if not corrected. Because of developmental changes, the flight time in a final configuration by the manufacturer is often too short for accu­rate quantitative determination of reliability and maintainability during certification, but good qualitative judgments can be made from ex­perience.


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