Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences

First Advisor

Brian Kish

Second Advisor

Ralph Kimberlin

Third Advisor

Isaac Silver

Fourth Advisor

Daniel Batcheldor


Flight testing is an important part of in the airplane design process. This testing is performed to ensure that the airplane complies with the established requirements and regulations for flight safety, as well as to ensure it meets its mission objectives. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently governs these requirements and regulations for civilian aircraft and provides airworthiness certifications. The FAA regulations were introduced in 1965. Prior to that, civilian aircraft were certified through the Civil Aeronautics Administration using Civil Air Regulations (CARs).