FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER – C-130h PERFORMANCE and FLYING QUALITIES
Responsible for monitoring real-time Safety of Test (SOT) and Safety of Flight (SOF) paramenters including wind and runway conditions for ground and flight missions. Led the test team in creating analysis software for the C-130 legacy and 8-bladed propeller performance test program. Mentored and trained a team of four junior engineers on planning, testing and analysis techniques across five different programs.
- Consistently recognized in performance reviews for superior skill and leadership capability.
- Recognized for skill in coaching fellow engineers in achieving a 5% reduction in fuel burn and improving C-130 engine life.
- As the Keystone weight and balance engineer, analyzed 67 flights a $4M test program, validating a 5% reduction in combat-takeoff roll.
- Consolidated test reference conditions for the C-130 propeller program, which resulted in 50% fewer tests saving $77K.
- Co-authored the 8-blade C-130 report with detailed analysis of 100 sorties and 150 flight hours, which verified the achievement of an additional 10% thrust, and improved Antarctic takeoffs.
- Internally developed and validated a takeoff simulation for new and existing C-130 propeller configurations, thereby eliminating the need for contractor-related costs.