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NTPS 3rd Annual Flight Test Camp Big Success Yet Again!

Flight-Test-Camp-2015-webThe National Test Pilot School (NTPS) completed its third annual one week Flight Test Camp (FTC) for 17 students from seven local high schools from 17-22 June 2015. The focus of NTPS FTC is STEM oriented and three-fold: 1) introduce high school students to engineering generally and flight test engineering specifically as possible fields of study and careers; 2) introduce our local young people to the amazing array of high tech aerospace companies that exist right in their back yard at the Mojave Air and Space Port (MASP); and 3) show the students the numerous interesting and exciting jobs they could have with an engineering background.

To do this NTPS developed a three-pronged approach such that in a typical day the students get some engineering academics, a flight in an aircraft or simulator, and a tour of a local aerospace company. The FTS students received lectures from NTPS staff instructors on aerodynamics, flight controls, handling qualities, performance, energy management, and job paths for Flight Test Engineers and Test Pilots. Every student flew two sorties in the Merlin Flying Classroom (for 5 students it was their first flight ever!) and learned how to take data, analyze the results and compare them against civil certification requirements. The students also got hands-on flying experience in six different simulators for airplanes, helicopters, jets, advanced sensors, advanced cockpit trainers, and air combat simulators. The MASP staff arranged student tours at the Fire Station, the Control Tower, the Orbital/ATK L-1011 launch vehicle, Maston Rockets, Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, and Stratolaunch. The tours were spectacular and thanks to very enthusiastic, professional briefers, the students were both awed and inspired.

The NTPS FTC finished on Saturday with a Family Day briefing and BBQ including a NTPS tour, a test pilot/FTE panel discussion, and an awards presentation. NTPS would like to thank MASP and all the companies that provided the great tours. We would also like to say a special thanks our sponsors Union Bank and SETP. NTPS has dedicated its efforts for the Flight Test Camp to the memory of Mr. Mike Hill, the Flight Test Camp’s first Director and biggest fan.

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 it one step closer to it's goal of becoming the World's first EASA Certified Flight Test ATO. NTPS has committed to EASA certification in order to meet its customers needs for EASA Certified Category 1 and 2 flight test personnel.  NTPS is in the process of preparing Phase 3 for submission.

Copyright Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. All rights reserved.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 to test the aircraft’s hover and low-speed capability. With first flight achieved, the RAIDER helicopter now moves into more progressive flight testing to demonstrate key performance parameters critical to future combat operations including armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack and special operations.

Kevin previously conducted the first flight of Sikorsky's Collier-Award winning X2 Technology Demonstrator.

Sikorsky launched the S-97 RAIDER helicopter program in September 2010, with objectives of maturing the X2™ rotorcraft technology and demonstrating a helicopter that meets current U.S. Army special operations and armed reconnaissance needs, while maturing technologies for Future Vertical Lift (FVL).

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NTPS Completes Flight Test Camp 2015

NTPS Completes Flight Test Camp 2015

NTPS 3rd Annual Flight Test Camp Big Success Yet Again! The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) completed its third annual one week Flight Test Camp (FTC) for 17 students from seven local high schools from 17-22 June 2015. The focus of... Read more

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

NTPS Graduate Makes First Flight

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

Draken Jets Retired To Good Homes

Draken Jets Retired To Good Homes

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) has found great homes for its retired SAAB Draken Jets.  One jet each will be on loan for display at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California; the Colonel Vernon P Saxon Jr. Aerospace... Read more

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