"I am Chief Flight Test Pilot for Airbus Helicopters, and lead our flight team in our methodical, comprehensive and staged process of examining the systems and components of each helicopter. Through that understanding, and throughout the testing process, we listen to and learn from the performance of the aircraft.
Testing takes place in specific environmental conditions, so that a wide range of complex data can be gathered and analyzed to exacting standards. That information is then used to ensure that each component and performance of every aircraft complies with the highest safety requirements, even as Airbus Helicopters seeks to constantly boost the safety of each of its own helicopters, and through them the safety of the entire industry. This is a very rigorous process, precisely documented, with each flight yielding a very large number of parameters that are analyzed to extract all the data that can help in the process of understanding and improving. This data is shared with the design engineers, who use it to enhance every aspect of the aircraft, from climbing capacity, to fuel flow, speed and, above all, safety.
With more than 35 years of flying experience in dozens of different types of helicopters, I believe aeronautical engineering is key. You are as much an engineer as a pilot."
Herve Jammayrac, Chief Flight Test Pilot