Whether one considers the Textron AirLand Scorpion to be a commercially built military aircraft or a commercial aircraft with military potential it has nevertheless taken the Defence Aerospace Industry by surprise. The design concept of the aircraft has kept the purchase price below £14M and operating costs below £2000/hour by using 'off the shelf' components and commercial aircraft manufacturing processes.
However, more interestingly the aircraft was built without an official military requirement and targets a niche that exists beyond the capability of a turboprop but well below cost effective operation of 4th & 5th generation combat aircraft. Dale Tutt, the Scorpion Programme Manager, and Dan Hinson, the Chief Test Pilot, relate the story of the Textron AirLand Scorpion from a clean sheet design to the first flight of the Scorpion in less than 2 years.
About the speakers:
Dale Tutt, Scorpion Programme Manager & Dan Hinson, Chief Test Pilot, Textron AirLand Scorpion
The presentation was delivered by Dale Tutt, the Scorpion Chief Engineer and Programme Manager, and Dan Hinson, the Chief Test Pilot. Dale's background is one of numerous programme management roles with Bombardier Learjet and latterly for Cessna across the spectrum of Citation development. Whereas Dan's background, as a graduate of the USNTPS in 1993, is firmly rooted in the testing and evaluation of military aircraft and in particular the F18. Dale's and Dan's backgrounds and experiences where brought together in the Textron AirLand Scorpion aircraft programme in May, 2012 -- working closely together to achieve the unprecedented, in modern aerospace design and development, first flight of the “clean sheet” design aircraft on December 12, 2013.