Test Pilot / Flight Test Engineer Course (Category II)
An eighteen-week course demonstrating techniques to evaluate fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for FAA/EASA Part 23/25/27/29 certification. The course contains the projected category II training requirements. Training includes flight time in various aircraft/helicopters. Performance, flying qualities and the accompanying FAA certification procedures are emphasized.
Depending on the customers needs the course can be taken in one of three options: A fixed wing aircraft track that includes light / medium propeller and jet aircraft; A rotary wing track that includes single/multi engine helicopters; and a light aircraft track that only utilizes propeller aircraft under 2000kg.
This course includes six mandatory modules and has two optional modules. Students will attend academic classes with NTPS Professional Course students. This course is approved for fifteen credit hours towards a Master of Science degree program from the National Flight Test Institute.
The final project is a comprehensive evaluation of an unfamiliar aircraft for a designated mission. The student prepares and defends a test plan before a review board; conducts the testing; analyzes the data, and presents the results to the school staff in oral and written reports.