Typhoon development aircraft IPA6 has reached the “unusual” milestone of its 1,000th flying hour.
IPA jets are specially built aircraft that function as airborne science labs, playing a critical role in the development and testing of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Eurofighter recently conducted an interview with BAE Systems Chief Test Pilot Steve Formoso about the role of Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) in the Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.
Formoso shared his experience of the Heavy Landing Trial, which is a crucial test to ensure the safety of the missile. The test involves a series of repeated landings that are carried out in a controlled but increasingly heavy manner.
The telemetry team monitors each landing as the aircraft goes around the circuit. The team worked out a technique to achieve increasingly heavier landings, known as a ‘touch and go’ landing, where the wheels hit the runway but the aircraft takes off again. The test involved 24 repetitions.
Formoso emphasised the importance of teamwork and a controlled approach to achieve the desired results while ensuring safety.
The trial involved five flights and a total of 94 landings.