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RAAF receives NIFTI for testing and evaluation

31st August 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received a new Non-Intrusive Flight Test Instrumentation (NIFTI) kit that will reduce the downtime for aircraft, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 29 August.

NIFTI is a wireless system with the ability to carry out in-flight tests without the need for time-consuming aircraft modifications. The kit comprises a single recorder with multiple sensors that can be attached to most internal and external aircraft surfaces to check operational conditions.

NIFTI was conceived by DST in collaboration with the RAAF and developed by Australian industry for operational use.

Christopher Pyne, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, said: ‘Conventional flight tests can be costly and involve extended periods of downtime for aircraft to be modified and fitted with various test instruments. In trials NIFTI has reduced flight test instrumentation down-time from months to days with significant cost savings to be achieved.’

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