A null-steering technique is adapted and applied to a linear delay-and-sum beamformer in order to measure the noise generated by one of the propellers of a ⅛ scale twin propeller aircraft model. The technique involves shading the linear array using a set of weights, which are calculated according to the locations onto which the nulls need to be steered (in this case onto the second propeller). The technique is based on an established microwave antenna theory, and uses a plane-wave, or far field formulation in order to represent the response of the array by an nth-order polynomial, where n is the number of array elements. The roots of this polynomial correspond to the minima of the array response, and so by an appropriate choice of roots, a polynomial can be generated, the coefficients of which are the weights needed to achieve the prespecified set of null positions. It is shown that, for the technique to work with actual data, the cross-spectral matrix must be conditioned before array shading is implemented. This ensures that the shading function is not distorted by the intrinsic element weighting which can occur as a result of the directional nature of aeroacoustic systems. A difference of 6 dB between measurements before and after null steering shows the technique to have been effective in eliminating the contribution from one of the propellers, thus providing a quantitative measure of the acoustic energy from the other. © 2003 Acoustical Society of America.