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August, 30
2016

First MX-15 Flight is a Success!

On this sortie, the MX-15 sensor was installed on Station 5. This was a basic handling flight, with emphasis placed on flying qualities with the sensor installed. In addition to the stall series, speed and trim data points and basic aerobatics, 5 touch-and-go landings were performed at the Wickenburg airport (E25) to evaluate traffic pattern qualities with the additional forward CG of the ISR sensor.

Overall performance was as expected, with slightly higher approach speeds in the pattern and higher aft stick forces during aerobatics.

August, 31
2016

Completion of Phase 1 Testing!

The final sortie of Phase 1 testing had three objectives. First was to complete the 10 hour FAA Phase 1 requirement to allow unrestricted flight of the test aircraft in anticipation for Phase 2. Second was to evaluate the formation handling characteristics of the aircraft equipped with the MX-15 and 4 pylons. Third was to obtain engineering and promotional photos from the chase aircraft. Chief Pilot Mike Carter briefed and led the formation in the test aircraft, while Assistant Chief Pilot Cary Venden flew in the #2/chase position.

The test aircraft again flew well, and formation position and station keeping were just as in a standard Tucano. The test aircraft accelerated slower due to the drag of the MX-15, and maximum speeds were approximately 5-7 KIAS lower than the standard aircraft. The test aircraft is now ready for Phase 2 testing with an operable MX-15 sensor.

August, 30
2016

First MX-15 Flight is a Success!

On this sortie, the MX-15 sensor was installed on Station 5. This was a basic handling flight, with emphasis placed on flying qualities with the sensor installed. In addition to the stall series, speed and trim data points and basic aerobatics, 5 touch-and-go landings were performed at the Wickenburg airport (E25) to evaluate traffic pattern qualities with the additional forward CG of the ISR sensor.

Overall performance was as expected, with slightly higher approach speeds in the pattern and higher aft stick forces during aerobatics.

August, 24
2016

Successful Taxi/Temperature Test for MX15

A modified exhaust system was designed and installed to move the exhaust stream outboard from the stock Tucano T.Mk1 exhaust flow. This modification is designed to accommodate the installation of a L3/Wescam MX-15 ISR sensor on station #5. A centerline mount for the ISR sensor was engineered, fabricated and permanently installed on the aircraft centerline at aircraft station #5. Additional temperature sensors were used inside and outside of the MX-15 sensor to verify there were no adverse temperature effects on the MX-15, and this configuration was cleared for flight.

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