As a virtual Combat Pilot. knowing the performance characteristics of your aircraft intimately
can make the difference between victory and defeat.
By doing your own flight testing, you will get a feel for the quirks and mannerisms of your noble gleaming steed, and hopefully be able to exploit it's idiosynracies in combat. At the very least you should be able to avoid unpleasant surprises like running out of lift during landing!
Flight testing is usually divided into two streams:1. Stability and Control Testing
Stability and Control Testing tests all the handling characteristics by performing stalls, spins, high angle of attack manoeuvres.
2. Performance Testing
This explores the altitude and max speed parts of the a/c flight envelope.
Let's add a third category relevant to combat flight sims... Weapons testing!