Computer simulations are often used in aviation studies. These simulation tools may require complex, high-fidelity aircraft models. Since many of the flight models used are third-party developed products, independent validation is desired prior to implementation. Due to the variety of processes used by the different industries and organizations that make use of flight models, the proprietary nature of some desired data, the relative availability of data-rich pilot manuals, and their standardized, rigorous nature, formal processes based in experimental and certification flight test are proposed for objectively and consistently validating these models and their associated aircraft types. The results of application of these detailed flight test techniques is then reported using a blade element theory-based flight model with a complex, high-performance aircraft model. Finally, a concise data analysis and reporting format is proposed and demonstrated using this same aircraft model.

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