1997-05-01

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum for General Aviation Aircraft 971494

Documented herein are the methods utilized to meet the performance requirements for operation in RVSM airspace. The test aircraft was equipped with an instrumented static system and a trailing cone static reference. The trailing cone was calibrated in-flight using laser range and radio altitude tower fly-by methods. Determination of the static source error and development of the static source error correction was accomplished on the instrumented aircraft. Verification of RVSM performance was accomplished on a standard production aircraft utilizing the instrumented aircraft as a pace. Additionally, test data were also obtained with perturbations on the skin near the static ports. The measured pressure changes were correlated with computational predictions. These data were used to develop skin waviness tolerances for the area around the static ports.

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