chase aircraft


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chase aircraft

Aircraft flown in proximity to another aircraft, normally to observe its performance during training or testing. Also called chase.
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There is also a critical flight safety element--the test pilot might be heads-down running some flight data points and looking for the aircraft's response, and the chase aircraft are responsible for deconflicting the flight path or making sure the target aircraft don't get too close"
Investigators have the information that was transmitted by the Pegasus to the NASA control room as well as videotape from chase aircraft.
Three of the nine MALDs were equipped with specialized telemetry instrumentation to gather trajectory information, and all were photographed by chase aircraft with on-board cameras.
After safely climbing away from the ground they informed tower they had experienced a bird strike, requested a chase aircraft, and retarded the right throttle to idle allowing the engine to stabilize within limits in accordance with the T.
About 20 seconds after Yeager and the two chase aircraft passed over the Edwards flight line, the crowd heard the sonic boom and burst into cheers and applause.
Ambassador Gildred will be flying his own PC-12, aptly named the Ecuador III, on this mission with an identical chase aircraft being provided by Pilatus Business Aircraft, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.
The chase aircraft did not see anything visually wrong with the aircraft; however, Capt Smith confirmed a lack of utility hydraulics due to a loss of numerous systems.