Test pilots plan and conduct flight tests. They not only fly the plane,
they also design testing procedures for the aircraft that will help evaluate
its structural integrity, performance, handling, reliability and suitability.
These pilots also conduct research evaluation projects and programs. That
involves organizing and directing the test, and supervising the flight operations.
Then they recommend ways to fix any problems in technical reports.
Test pilots spend much of their time in the cockpit. However, they also
spend a considerable amount of time in the office planning, developing and
researching test procedures. "We spend a good deal of time in meetings and
at safety reviews," says Russ Stewart, a test pilot and instructor in California.
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