The Spanish aeronautics industrial evolution has not been accompanied by the corresponding progress in Flight Testing education. In 2005, the main Flight Testing Spanish actors (the Spanish Air Force; INTA, the MoD airworthiness technical authority; DGAC the Civilian airworthiness technical authority and EADS) came together to analyze how to establish a Spanish Flight Testing educational framework.
Started formally in 2006, the MsC was designed with three main general objectives:
• To provide an educational staff, with a multi-disciplinary approach, where theory and praxis should have similar weight.
• To have a rigorous theoretical formation on classical Flight Testing areas, paying special attention to systems and airworthiness.
• To adjust the praxis, mainly with flight hours, to reduce the overall cost of the course.
An important part of the learning activities is the actual flight tests. These tests are carried out by the students on several platforms.
The INTA instrumentation laboratory has the responsibility of providing the FTI for the students’ flight tests. This equipment and installation has unique requirements. They have to reflect enough of the state of the art and do so in an affordable way for the assigned resources. The installation has to take in account that the instrumentation will be managed not by professionals but for students. At the same time, it has to be flexible enough to represent as many different kind of tests as possible.
A particular development based on the combination of standard Garmin-1000 data plus with additional specific sensors has been performed and applied for a Cessna C-172. The design, selection and integration of this instrumentation for the Spanish Flight Test Master are detailed in this paper.