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AIR5301A - Installed Outdoor Engine Testing

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Document Number: AIR5301A
Project Initiation: 11-07-2012
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Revision Number: A
Sponsor Name: Fraser Alexander
Installed Outdoor Engine Testing
This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) was written because of the growing interest in aircraft installed outdoor engine testing by the Federal Aviation Administration, airlines, charter/commercial operators, cargo carriers, engine manufactures and overhaul and repair stations. This document was developed by a broad cross section of personnel from the aviation industry and government agencies and includes information obtained from a survey of a variety of operators of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and research of aircraft and engine maintenance manuals.<p>This document will provide aircraft operators with an overview of current industry on-the-wing engine test practices including advantages/disadvantages derived, test criteria, capabilities of remote ground-based test data acquisition/instrumentation and on-board condition monitoring systems, aircraft installation effects, and a general discussion of procedures, data, equipment and personnel required to perform safe, accurate, on-the-wing engine tests. This information is provided as a guide to help operators decide to initiate, improve, expand or cease performing installed engine testing.
The paper lacks information on facilities for installed outdoor engine testing and requires update of procedures and best practices, additionally a facilities provider, engine/airframer and operator perspective would provide a more useful document.
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