October 4 (Wed) 7:00pm So You Want To Be A Test Pilot?

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

So you want to be a test pilot?

One way is to build your own aircraft and go out and test fly it.  But you can also use flight testing techniques in the plane you fly every day to learn more about the performance of the plane you're flying.

Kevin Walsh built himself a COZY MK-IV over the past 9 years.  It’s complete now and temporarily housed in Livermore while he undergoes the testing and certification requirements.  This is not a seminar about homebuilding an aircraft, but an incredibly interesting seminar about the certification process. Learn how Pitot-Static systems are calibrated, and how you can do it with instruments you probably already have in the plane you fly.  Vx and Vy are speeds you might look up in a Pilot Operating Handbook, but did you know you can find them yourself?  What is Carson's Speed, and why should you care?   How did they set Vne for your airplane?  This is a fascinating and really compelling seminar on the flight missions and procedures that have to completed, and how they apply to everyday flying that you can do yourself.

The most valuable pearl from this seminar is to take the ideas that are built into an experimental flight test protocol and see what pilots of certified planes can take away from it.

Kevin Walsh began flying at age 15, and soloed at 16.  After completing his college education, he earned his private pilot certificate with an instrument rating in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. and a Master's Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University. He has spent his career doing equipment and process development, finding ways to efficiently and safely develop new products across a wide range of industries and has applied these approaches to the flight testing of an Experimental Amateur-Built airplane he's been building for the past 9 years.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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