The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is a not-for-profit civilian educational institute located and incorporated in the State of California. The School was established in 1981 to meet the flight test training needs of both the US and international aerospace communities. NTPS students and customers come from a variety of backgrounds including military organizations, aerospace industry, governments, certification agencies, and even private citizens. NTPS is the only civilian school of the seven SETP recognized test pilot schools in the world.
The primary objective of NTPS is to educate and train test pilots and flight test engineers to be able to successfully plan and execute flight test programs for their military or civilian test and evaluation organizations immediately upon graduation. This objective is principally accomplished via our year-long Professional course which is uniquely presented by equally dividing the course into a Systems Phase and a Performance and Flying Qualities Phase. NTPS also has a broad domestic and international constituency for specialized flight test training and as such we offer over 30 unique courses, ranging from a variety of short courses to numerous academic-only courses.