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This is an article written from my 20 year experience in flight testing airliners and industrial/ military UAV. This article in now way is trying to explain how to flight test the above vehicles, but rather is an adaptation of the core philosophy to the hobby/ UAV world. This is a rather slow and resource intensive method but it is quite essential to the designer who puts a new airframe in the air. The procedure below will also be useful to the professional modeler who wants to flight test a very complex scale model. The flight phase must be started after...

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1.    Introduction One thing that I have learned after 20 years of building and flying all kinds of jets is that a proper testing routine of all the aircraft systems prior to the maiden will save you from lots of possible problems and crashes. 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...

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