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3 hours ago, FlyingMonkey said:

Hence the "flight testing" I mentioned.  ?

Flight testing to determine structural strength doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

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2 minutes ago, FlyingMonkey said:

Happens with every single E-AB aircraft...

Andy, flight testing of a E-AB is not to determine strength. Strength testing is done by engineering analysis, and load testing on the ground.

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1 hour ago, Tom Baker said:

Andy, flight testing of a E-AB is not to determine strength. Strength testing is done by engineering analysis, and load testing on the ground.

Stabilizer_design_load_2165.jpg

Yes and no.  It absolutely helps determine the strength and construction of the particular airframe being tested.

The testing has already been done, in reality.  Two pilots flew two structurally unmodified CTSWs around the world at 1675lb, and many pilots have flown CTs at 1400-1450lb regularly without issue, legally or not.  I’d feel perfectly safe at 1430lb given these real world experiences.

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