Thirty years ago, my high school still offered a typing class. At the time, I convinced the principal of my small school to let me drop the class and add an elective math class. His great concern was that I learn how to type. I told him that I would install a "typing tutor" application on my computer with its 386 processor. The software was "smart" enough to know what letters I could type and provide me additional exercises for those I had not mastered. I mention this anecdote because it marked a transition in the way people learned knowledge and acquired skills.
This month, however, we present a broad survey of the ways that flight test education and training are changing, spreading, and ultimately adapting. The articles herein are a snapshot of where we are today. They complement past issues that presented a more in depth look at specific innovations. Ultimately, I hope they will inform the reader of the possibilities and inspire us to take advantage of the potential that lies before us.
Mark Jones Jr.
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