Flight testing is the most critical and time- and budget-consuming phase of aircraft development. Within a short time reliable performance data of the new airframe have to be gathered; this includes structural, aerodynamic and flight mechanic parameters. Advanced optical measurement techniques such as those developed within the collaborative project AIM² (Advanced In-flight Measurement techniques 2, funded by the European Commission contract no. 266107) are able to deliver such data after a very short time, and in addition can minimize the installation effort on the airframe compared with classical measurement techniques. Furthermore they work mostly non-intrusively and are able to capture a large amount of important data in an area or over a volume at one instant of time.
The specific session Advanced In-flight Measurement Techniques will focus on the presentation of the latest developments of such optical methods. Participants will get a good overview on what is possible with these measurement methods and will be able to discuss with specialists about any important issues concerning these techniques and their applications.
The ICTS General Session, sponsored by the IFT’s International Consortium for Telemetry Spectrum (www.telemetryspectrum.org), will cover potential threats to the life-blood of telemetry: RF Spectrum. Telemetry professionals, providers, and customers should monitor these threats closely and take action as needed to ensure that the needs of the greater telemetering community are reflected in international and domestic regulations and policy.
The ICTS, founded in 1999, is a non-profit organization sponsored by the International Foundation for Telemetering. The ICTS was formed to facilitate international information exchange between telemetry practitioners and promote the benefits and enhancement of the electromagnetic spectrum for telemetering applications, especially Aeronautical Mobile Telemetering (AMT). The ICTS has enjoyed notable success in both augmenting telemetry spectrum plus raising the awareness of, and resistance to, spectrum encroachment problems directly affecting the telemetry user community.