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B-200 (UC-12B) - LARC 12/02/13

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Flight Number: 
Payload Configuration: 
SLAP - Scanning L-Band Active Passive
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
2.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:12/02/13 19:22 Z Finish:12/02/13 21:52 Z
Flight Time:2.5 hours
Log Number:14B003PI:Edward Kim
Funding Source:Jared Entin - NASA - SMD - ESD Hydrology Program
Purpose of Flight:Check
Comments:KLFI-KLFI: flight location over eastern shore covering some water in Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay Crew: Slover, Faulkner, Wu ICF Objectives: Fly over land and water with passive instrument operations at 3 distinct altitudes (low, mid, high) with enough time for instrument thermal stabilization at each altitude and up to 45 min of data collection over 3 speeds (150, 170, 190 KIAS). Additional objectives were to qualitatively evaluate radar rotation start/stop characteristics on aircraft handling qualities and a 60-deg bank horizon look of the radar dish. Additionally, EMI observations were to be made with additional equipment running that was off during the CFP flights. During this flight, two speeds at 2,500’ MSL and all three speeds at 11,500’ MSL were flown as well as completing the passive-only EMI objectives, the qualitative radar rotation start/stop characteristics and the horizon bank maneuver. The instrument appeared to operate nominally, but the software locked up at times with successful reboots in-flight. Also, spikes in data were noted that might be related to radio towers below the aircraft. Science team will investigate, but not expected to hold up flying tomorrow. Remaining ICF items, complete the 150 KIAS point at 2,500’ MSL and complete the 3 speeds at 7,500’ MSL as well as repeating any desired activity. It is recommended to avoid the eastern shore as it is “too soggy” to differentiate effectively land vs. water. Next flight consider flying over towards Wakefield and then return to Chesapeake Bay for water OR try south of LFI down the coast until a farmland-to-Atlantic transition can be found. Flying qualities: On this flight, I couldn’t tell the fairing was there for the most part. The start/stop of the radar rotation was a non-event, I couldn’t even feel the max rate change which is when max braking is applied to the dish. Performance: I took some cruise data at 11,500 MSL for use during mission planning. Chart below. @ 11,500’ MSL Fuel Flow Torque True Airspeed 150 KIAS 500 lb/hr 950 per side 178 KTAS 170 KIAS 560 lb/hr 1300 per side 200 KTAS 190 KIAS 650 lb/hr 1620 per side 223 KTAS Regards, Greg Slover
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS35.5
Total Used20.3
Total Remaining15.2
14B003 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
11/25/13SLAP CFPCheck2.42.433.1
11/25/13SLAP CFPCheck1.23.631.9
11/25/13SLAP CFPCheck0.64.231.3
12/02/13SLAP ICF#1Check2.56.728.8
12/03/13SLAP ICF#2Check2.3926.5
12/16/13SLAP R 003Science4.313.322.2
12/18/13SLAP R004Science3.71718.5
12/18/13SLAP R005Science3.320.315.2

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