Why Train at the National Test Pilot School?

The National Test Pilot School offers the best total flight test training in the world.  NTPS is located in and uses the finest flight test area in the United States, the R-2508 Complex used also by Edwards AFB and China Lake NAS.  NTPS has modern facilities employing the latest technologies including specialized laboratories, simulators, ranges, and telemetry systems.  Many of the more than thirty aircraft operated by NTPS are instrumented for flight test training and no other school utilizes the variety of specially acquired aircraft to support flight test training.  Flight simulators are used to bridge the gap between the classroom and the cockpit to allow students to explore, practice, and ask questions about flight test techniques before flying in the aircraft.  NTPS has a diverse and extremely experienced staff of instructors.  NTPS instructors come from the top test organizations in the US and around the globe averaging more than 15 years of flight test experience and more than 10 years of flight test instructional experience.

NTPS is the leader in innovative and customized total flight test training in the world.  Innovations include:

  • The first civilian test pilot school.
  • The first to offer the professional course in modules to improve the student learning experience and to support continuous professional development.
  • The first test pilot school to confer Masters degrees.
  • The first to offer Pre-TPS courses to help students prepare/ramp-up for the very demanding professional course.
  • The first test pilot school to make Systems Testing 50 percent of the professional course curriculum.
  • The first test pilot school to transition to predominantly electronic course material delivery.
  • The first test pilot school to develop and certify an Optionally Piloted Aircraft and implement it into the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Curriculum.

Faculty Qualification and Experience

The NTPS employs a full time professional staff.  The full time staff is complimented by ten (10) part time academic and flight instructors.  All are highly experienced.  

Name

Specialty

Highest Degree

TPS Graduate

Years Flight Test Experience

Years TPS Teacher

Flying Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Lewis

TP

MS

yes

32

23

>8,300

Al Peterson

TP

ScD

yes

20

4

>4,000

Bob McShea

FTE

BS

no

28

18

>1,375

Yannis Tsolekas

TP

BS

yes

11

5

>3,500

Ed Solski

TP

BS

yes

18

15

>7,000

Terry Donovan

TP

PhD

yes

36

22

>8,400

Mark Swaney

FTE MS yes 22 5 >5,200

Russ Stewart

TP

MS

yes

34

23

>8,700

Gabriele Di Francesco

FTE

MS

yes

12

4

>700

Ken Clarke

TP

MSC

yes

27

24

>3,000

Lester Ingham

FTE PhD yes 17 5

>500

Steve Cherry

TP

MS

yes

33

20

>4,200

Chuck Antonio

TP / Aeromedical MD no 36 15 >5,000

Nigel Speedy

TP BS yes 10 6 >4,300

Nicola Pecile

TP MS yes 11 4 >5,100

Ilan Arush

FTE MS yes 21 5 >900

John Norton

TP MS no 5 5 >6,500

Chris McElroy

FTE MS no 18 4 >7,500

Rigel Hebbman

TP MSC yes 11 5 >5000

Marco Lotterio

FTE MS no 9 5 >140

Ryan Olson

TP/FTE MS yes 5 3 >1,600

Facilities

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The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) complex is located at Mojave Airport in California, very close to Edwards, AFB.  Mojave airport houses many civilian flight test organizations and has been designated the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center .

The National Test Pilot School has in place a joint use agreement between the USAF and the USN to use the airspace and ranges of R2515 and the MOA 2508 on a non-interference basis.

The NTPS complex currently consists of six buildings.  The school hangar and classroom facility totals 42,400 square feet, two maintenance hangars for jet aircraft repair, each 13,600 square feet and a helicopter and propeller aircraft maintenance facility of 15,000 square feet.  In addition to the buildings mentioned above, additional storage areas totaling 19,600 square feet for aircraft parts is leased from Mojave airport.

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The school building has six classrooms, numerous faculty offices, student work areas, briefing rooms, two lounges, conference rooms, library, simulator rooms, multiple computer-based data analysis facilities, telemetry ground station, operations room and administrative sections, showers, lockers and a racquetball court.

Conclusions

The breadth and depth of flight test training offered at the National Test Pilot School is unique, covering civil and military certification, avionics systems flight testing, as well as the more classical subjects of stability and control and performance.

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NTPS Completes EASA Phase 2

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is excited to announce that it has successfully completed Phase 2 of the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) Flight Test Authorized Training Organisation (ATO) Certification process. This is another big step for NTPS putting... Read more

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NTPS Graduate Makes First Flight

Sikorsky Test Pilot and NTPS Graduate Kevin Bredenbeck Co-Piloted the S-97 RAIDER helicopter on its first test flight on May 22nd, 2015. Together with fellow Sikorsky test pilot Bill Fell, they took the aircraft through a series of maneuvers designed... Read more

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NTPS Completes EASA Phase 1

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is excited to announce that it has successfully completed Phase 1 of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) process to become an EASA Authorized Training Organization (ATO) for Flight Test. NTPS made EASA ATO... Read more

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Contact Info

National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943

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