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Premaiden tests

Procedures that can be used to test your model on the ground prior to the maiden. A technical blog from Ultimate jets:

You can decide to go straight ahead and maiden your latest beauty fresh from the workshop. But this would mean that you’d actually test the aircraft components and systems in real flight conditions.

Or you can decide to follow a complete test routine and try to troubleshoot as many things as possible before the maiden, in conditions set as close to the flight environment as possible. The advantage of this approach being the following:

  • You will be able to anticipate the problems in the workshop with plenty of time to correct them.
  • You will be able to test the systems and get rid of the early failures or “infant mortality” as called in the aeronautical jargon. The idea is to position your systems in the constant failure rate area ( or highest reliability zone ) of the bathtub curve before the maiden.   .......

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