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Fatigue testing answers

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. It speeds up the ageing process of a plane to test what kinds of structural problems it will have over its lifetime.
  2. The plane aged 25 years in one year (due to the testing process).
  3. The tests involve twisting and turning, pushing and pulling the aircraft in different directions.
  4. Their goal is to identify problems that will occur later in the lifetime of the plane and to be able to plan for, or prevent those problems.
  5. There are currently five fatigue test programs in operation.
  6. Teams can learn for each other’s successes and mistakes.

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