Test Instrumentation Workshop (TIW)

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Test Instrumentation Workshop (TIW)

Mark Your Calendars:  May 11 – 13, 2021
24th Test and Training Instrumentation Workshop: Innovating for Tomorrow’s Challenges
Hosted by the ITEA Southern Nevada and Antelope Valley Chapters
Tuscany Suites, Las Vegas, Nevada 


This workshop focuses on the use of test instrumentation and resulting data. From the sensor to the recorder, to the display in the control room, and finally the plot in the test report, we all use instrumentation.
Future Test and Evaluation (T&E) will take place with limited resources on both sides—the equipment and the people who use it. With the ever-in-creasing complexity of test articles and decreasing schedules and budgets, T&E organizations have begun searching for new ways to instrument, test, and evaluate aeronautical systems. Facing shortages in equipment, capabilities, and personnel, today’s T&E leaders must unleash their people to innovate to plan, provision, and conduct missions safely and effectively.
Our goal is to identify and address those instrumentation and data issues and challenges faced by the flight test community. Please join us at the 2020 ITEA Test Instrumentation Workshop to share your experiences, les-sons learned, and solutions to the problems we face in today’s constrained test and evaluation environments.
This workshop is centrally located in the US South West Range complex, the largest test and training range in the world. Home to Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA, and commercial test and training facilities, it also encompasses some of the most innovative and leading-edge aerospace companies in the world.



Sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community, however, restricted sessions (up to FOUO) may be made available. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Abstracts accepted for presentation, along with the slides, will be available online for attendees after the Workshop concludes.

Abstracts should be non-commercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Visit the ITEA website for the Abstract submission form that must be submitted to TIW@itea.org.


  • Airborne Instrumentation
  • Cyber T&E/Risk Management Framework
  • Data Analytics
  • Electronic Warfare/Sensor System Instrumentation
  • Electronic Warfare/Threat Systems
  • Innovation and Development in an Operational T&E Environment
  • Integrating New Technology on the Range
  • Mission Control
  • Network Telemetry
  • Operations and Maintenance of Range Systems
  • Program Management/Systems Engineering
  • Range Instrumentation
  • Range Interoperability/Cross Range Operations
  • RF Telemetry
  • Test Range/Test Infrastructure Updates (Commercial, DOD, DHS, DOE)
  • Test Safety (Flight Termination Systems, etc.)
  • Weapons Effects
  • Special Topics: Targets (Ground–Fixed, Ground-Mobile, Airborne, Autonomous Vehicle); Swarm Techniques; UAS & C-UAS; AI)

Tutorials that address the theme of the workshop are being requested. Pending final program decisions, the tutorials will be scheduled in two 4-hour blocks on Tuesday, 11 May 2021. Tutorials must be strictly non-marketing in scope, unclassified, and public releasable. Please provide a synopsis of tutorial no later than 15 January to TIW@itea.org.


For 40 years the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization, has been advancing the exchange of technical, programmatic, and acquisition information among the test and evaluation community. ITEA members come together to learn and share with others from industry, government, and academia, who are involved with the development and application of the policies and techniques used to assess effectiveness, reliability, interoperability, and safety of existing, legacy, and future technology-based weapon and non-weapon systems and products throughout their life-cycle.

Almost everyone involved with Test and Evaluation has had to deal with accelerated test plans, limited manpower, red tape, broken test articles, and of course, a shrinking budget. However, seldom do the expectations of the customers or the demands on our war-fighters decrease with the corresponding lack of resources. We must accomplish the mission! Our war-fighters, our citizens, our allies, our country depends on it! So, how do we accomplish the mission on a constrained budget? When we are limited to funds that will barely keep us “running”, much less accelerating, what do we do? This is the focus of the 2021 ITEA Test Instrumentation Workshop: Shaping the Future of T&E. We invite you to come and share lessons learned, new solutions (material and non-material) and more efficient.

Our aerospace ranges and test facilities are national assets which utilizes resources that are very relevant to the instrumentation community. Personnel from these facilities attend this event to promote and stimulate technical growth in instrumentation and its allied arts and sciences. This is accomplished through participation in technical forums, educational activities, and technical publications. It is highly recommended that test and instrumentation personnel participate in the event in order keep our mostly commercial-off-the-shelf instrumentation science capabilities (flight test instrumentation, telemetry data acquisition, and data display) at a sufficient state to promote safe and effective test and evaluation. 

Participation in the event ensures that today’s test professionals learn test best practices from industry, other government agencies and partner nations.  Use of advanced commercial instrumentation and measurement in test and evaluation increases safety, reduces cost, schedule and technical risk to the developers to ensure deployment of mission effective and suitable systems that will ultimately benefit the war-fighter. Exposure at events such as these ensures the test professional stays current in its telemetry capabilities to support flight test.


Each of the 4-hour Pre-Workshop Tutorials provide 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).

In addition to the Pre-Workshop Tutorials, the Workshop provides 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) for each half-day, 8 contact hours of instruction (8 CEUs) for each full-day, or 20 contact hours of instruction (20 CEUs) for attending the full Workshop, that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).


Basics of Aircraft Instrumentation Systems
Bruce Johnson, NAWCAD

HD Transport, Timing & Compression
Paul Hightower, Instrumentation Technology Systems (ITS)

iNET Telemetry Networks
Thomas Grace, NAVAIR and Ben Abbott, SwRI

Chapters 21 through 28 of the Range Commanders’ Council (RCC) IRIG-106 standards were developed to support a wide variety of components and system compositions. This tutorial provides a quick overview of these IRIG standards along with providing insight into the new capabilities that systems using these standards can utilize. The presentation includes current performance measured through the developmentally flight-tests. It is intended for anyone who wants an introduction or update on the current status of the TmNS technologies and system capabilities.

IRIG 106-17 Chapter 7 Packet Telemetry Downlink Basis and Implementation Fundamentals
Johnny Pappas, Zodiac Data Systems, Inc.

This course will focus on presenting information to establish a basic understanding of the 2017 release of the IRIG 106, Chapter 7, Packet Telemetry Downlink Standard. It will also focus on the implementation of airborne and ground system hardware and methods to handle IRIG 106, Chapter 7, Packet Telemetry data. The presentation will address the implementation of special features necessary to support legacy RF Transmission, data recording, RF Receiving, Ground Reproduction, and Chapter 10 data processing methods.

Real World Telemetry over IP
Gary Thom, Delta Information Systems

As telemetry ranges are making the move to network centric architectures, it is worth considering the lessons learned over the previous 10 years of designing, installing, troubleshooting and optimizing telemetry data distribution over IP networks. This tutorial will begin with the motivation for moving to Telemetry over IP (TMoIP). It will then provide a basic networking foundation for understanding TMoIP and TMoIP formats. With this basis, we will be able to discuss network design considerations and tradeoffs for a successful TMoIP deployment. Finally, we will present some of the real-world problems and issues that may arise in a TMoIP system and the troubleshooting techniques that can be used to resolve them.

Test and Evaluation of Laser and Electro-Optical Systems
Douglas Nelson, Teknicare, Inc.

An introduction to the challenges of testing and evaluating laser and electro-optical systems. An overview of the basic physics and terminology of these systems is included. The unique capabilities of laser and electro-optical systems are also discussed to provide a foundation for test objectives. Test and evaluation needs for laser and electro-optical systems including required diagnostic beam propagation and atmospheric measurements are briefly examined.

Test and Training Solutions with TENA and JMETC
Gene Hudgins, KBR

The Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA) was developed as a DoD Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) project to enable interoperability among ranges, facilities, and simulations in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as to foster reuse of range assets and future software systems. TENA provides for real-time software system interoperability, as well as interfaces to existing range assets, C4ISR systems, and simulations. TENA, selected for use in Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (JMETC) events, is well-designed for its role in prototyping demonstrations and distributed testing.

JMETC is a distributed LVC testing capability developed to support the acquisition community during program development, developmental testing, operational testing, and interoperability certification, and to demonstrate Net-Ready Key Performance Parameters (KPP) requirements in a customer-specific Joint Mission Environment.

JMETC uses a hybrid network architecture. The JMETC Secret Network (JSN), based on the SDREN, is the T&E enterprise network solution for secret testing. The JMETC Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) Network (JMN) is the T&E enterprise network solution for all classifications and cyber testing. JMETC provides readily available connectivity to the Services’ distributed test capabilities and simulations, as well as industry test resources. JMETC is also aligned with the Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) integration solutions to foster test, training, and experimental collaboration.

TENA provides the architecture and software implementation and capabilities necessary to quickly and economically enable interoperability among range systems, facilities, and simulations. TENA also fosters range asset reuse for enhanced utilization and provides composability for assembling rapidly, initialize, test, and execute a system from reusable, interoperable elements. Because of its field-proven history and acceptance by the range community, TENA provides a technology already deployed and well tested within the DoD.

Enterprise Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Knowledge Management (BDKM) has the capacity to improve acquisition efficiency, keep up with the rapid pace of acquisition technological advancement, ensure that effective weapon systems are delivered to warfighters at the speed of relevance, and enable T&E analysts across the acquisition lifecycle to make better and faster decisions using data that was previously inaccessible, or unusable. BDA is the application of advanced tools and techniques to help quickly process, visualize, understand, and report on data. JMETC has demonstrated that applying enterprise distributed BDA tools and techniques to T&E, leads to faster and more informed decision making that reduces overall program cost and risk.

This tutorial will inform the audience as to the current impact of TENA, JMETC, and BDA on the telemetry community; as well as its expected future benefits to the range community and the warfighter.

Troubleshooting Ethernet Data with Wireshark
Paul Ferrill, ATAC

The “Troubleshooting Ethernet Data with Wireshark” tutorial will use real-world aircraft data to demonstrate how to use the open source program Wireshark to both view data and troubleshoot problems. The class will include presentation and hands- on usage of Wireshark to look at data as if you were connected to the Ethernet network on an airplane and if you were connected to an IRIG 106 Chapter 10 recorder broadcasting data over UDP. We’ll start out with a brief overview of Ethernet fundamentals and then get right on to using Wireshark.

Video and Video Compression
Gary Thom, Delta Information Systems

With the growing complexity of flight test programs and the improved efficiency of compression algorithms, video is an ever-increasing component of flight test data collection. This tutorial will provide a basic understanding of video interfaces. This will include a discussion of the signals, formats, resolutions and frame rates. Building on those basics the tutorial will then present a high-level description of how video compression works and the trade-offs that can be made when selecting and implementing video compression components. An overview of various video compression algorithms will be provided, highlighting the differences between the algorithms. We will examine the effects of video compression on video quality and investigate some of the causes and resolutions of quality problems. Finally, there will be a brief overview of audio compression.




Early Bird Registration until 22 April
$645 – Regular Registration*
$495 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

Regular Registration 23 April through 30 April
$745 – Regular Registration*
$595 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

Late Registration after 30 April
$845 – Regular Registration*
$695 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

New T&E Professional (less than 5 years of T&E experience) VERIFICATION REQUIRED – Includes two Lunches, the Networking Reception, and a one-year ITEA membership for Non-ITEA Member.

SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within ten (10) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancellation submitted between ten (10) to 45 days prior to start date of the event will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellation greater than 45 days prior to the start date of the event will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.


Please submit your Exhibit Application as soon as possible to ensure your get a prime location and that your organization is promoted in The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation.

Please contact Lena Moran at lnpena3@gmail.com for additional details.


ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Registration fees, membership dues, and sponsorship is tax deductible.

Your sponsorship dollars help defer the cost of the Symposium and support the ITEA scholarship fund, which assists deserving students in their pursuit of academic disciplines related to the test and evaluation profession. Sponsorship and related benefits will become effective on receipt of payment.

NOTE:  This ITEA event is a non-competitive environment meant for a free exchange of ideas and information. 



 The Tuscany Suites and Conference Center
   255 E. Flamingo Road
   Las Vegas, NV 89169
   Phone: 877-887-2261

Tuscany offers attractive over-sized guest suites and each suite is situated in a lovely European setting that offers a great sense of relaxation and privacy. Inspired by the Tuscany region of Northern Italy, the hotel boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere surrounded by lush gardens, some of the largest standard hotel suites in the city and thoughtful amenities to ensure the most comfortable stay possible. 

ITEA is pleased to offer very special below government per diem rates of $79 per night for Sunday-Thursday, and $149 per night for Friday and Saturday. Please note this property is the host hotel and when making your reservation you must indicate you are with the ITEA workshop.

Book online at:
https://tuscanylv.webhotel.microsdc.us, or call 1-877-887-2261 – Group code 0521ITEA. Room Block ends 7 APRIL 2021.

The hotel will require a deposit of one night stay, including tax to hold the reservation. Your reservation must be cancelled within 72 hours in order to avoid any penalties. This is customary in Las Vegas.


Darryl Johnson, CTEP – Southern Nevada Chapter President,  JT4, NAWCD-China Lake

Christopher Newman

Lena Moran at Lnpena3@gmail.com


Event Details


11 - 13 May 2021


The Tuscany Suites and Conference Center



Networking Reception

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