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Design and Build of Flight Test Instrumentation

Design and Build of Flight Test Instrumentation

The client was under contract by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to develop and teach an 18 week training course on the design and build of flight test instrumentation to the COMAC flight test instrumentation department. The course involves academics, practical exercises, modification of a twin-engine Beech Baron general aviation aircraft with a flight test instrumentation package, and conducting ground and flight test with the modified aircraft.

The client was lacking in technical expertise in several key technical areas such as systems engineering, systems architecture in both airborne and ground instrumentation, and detailed design.Nova Systems was contracted at very short notice to develop and instruct in the key technical areas. Nova Systems identified the lack of a coherent course program and assisted the client in restructuring the course to provide a consistent structure that progressively builds upon each training module. Nova Systems’ consultants identified key issues with the training course and provided immediate assistance to rectify the design; and performed the top level design for the flight test instrumentation package that was to be installed into the Beech Baron aircraft.

Despite the challenges experienced, Nova Systems’ consultants restructured the course content to suit the trainees’ experience level and delivered not only the contracted scope but also provided the foundational knowledge and training that the trainees required to successfully complete the training course and exercises. Nova Systems’ consultants provided immense value to the client by turning around a course that was heading for failure, into a successful course that satisfied the end customer and enabled the client to fulfil its contractual obligations.

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Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18...

Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the procurement, integration and management of complex and safety critical aerospace systems. Rodrigo has worked on several major  acquisition projects for the Australian Department of Defence and has been managing the Nova Aerospace business for over 3 years.

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Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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