Flight Test

Flight Test

Capabilities

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.

Facilities

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