is a period of testing or a trial journey undergone by a ship, aircraft or other craft and its crew before being declared operational.
Most racing cars require a "shakedown" test before being used at a race meeting. For example, on May 3 2006, Luca Badoer
performed shakedowns on all three of Ferrari
's Formula One
cars at Fiorano
. This was in preparation for the European Grand Prix
at the Nürburgring
. Badoer is a Ferrari F1 test driver. The main drivers then were Michael Schumacher
and Felipe Massa
Aircraft shakedowns check avionics
, flight controls
, all systems, as well as the general airframe airworthiness.
Shakedown for a ship is generally referred to as a Sea trial