Flight Test

Flight Test


Marshall ADG’s Test Services, based in Cambridge, have a long history of successful aircraft Test and Evaluation (T&E) within the UK civil and military sectors.

We are focussed on delivering a wide range of flight test activities, along with rig and simulator support. We undertake civil tasks with non-military customers, including business jet and airliner operators.

We have extensive experience in modern flight testing, including aircraft handling, performance, structural, avionic, systems and power-plant development. The Marshall flight test capability is versatile and able to conduct postmaintenance, development and certification flight test, as well as experimental programmes from our own airport.


Marshall boasts a range of specialist facilities ensuring that we offer a one-stop solution for test and evaluation needs:

  • Large design sector including composite capability
  • Flight Test Instrumentation design and installation
  • 1965m/5447 ft runway capable of supporting large aircraft
  • EASA, FAA and CAA approved maintenance and modification facility
  • Dedicated test hangar for component fatigue, vibration, environmental and structural testing
  • Flight test planning, execution and analysis
  • Modelling and simulation capability leading to the design and build of dedicated fixed base simulators
  • Ground based avionics and systems rig test facilities
  • Experimental Test Pilots with extensive civil flying experience – Test Pilot school graduates, ETPS, USAF and EPNER
  • EPNER, ETPS and in-house trained Flight Test Engineers backed by a team of experienced Flight Test Support Engineers
  • EASA, FAA certification flying and compliance verification

The Team

Our Flight Test team comprises the following disciplines:

  • Experimental and Developmental Test Pilots
  • Flight Test Engineers
  • Flight Engineers
  • Flight Test Instrumentation Engineers
  • Flight Test Support Engineers
  • Design and Production Specialists

In support of the Flight Test team, there is an in-house capability to provide specialist analysis, such as flutter or detailed mathematical model matching.

Test Programmes

We have successfully run and participated in a variety of major flight test programmes including:

  • Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H Hercules glass cockpit upgrade programme
  • Austrian Air Force C-130K Hercules cockpit upgrade programme
  • Airbus A400M TP400 power-plant flying test bed
  • Airbus and Boeing auxiliary tanks
  • Special missions test programmes
  • Night vision compatibility upgrades
  • C-130K Hercules Enhanced Vision System
  • Tristar EGPWS
  • Tristar fuel tank inerting gas storage module
  • C-130J Hercules – large aircraft infra-red counter measures
  • C-130 Hercules, Tristar and Sentry E-3D Operational Loads Measurement systems
  • Royal Australian Air Force C-130H Hercules engine instrument display system
  • Vulcan XH558 return to flight programme
  • SAF C-130H Hercules compass system replacement