Test Pilot / Flight Test Engineer Professional Course

Course Description


The Professional Course is the ultimate in flight test education. Graduates of this 50 week course are prepared to perform envelope expansion, civil certification, and military suitability flights meeting FAR/JAR certification or military specifications. This course is designed to equip experienced pilots and engineers with the knowledge and practical experience to certify new or modified aircraft to stringent FAR/JAR certification standards or to recommend the aircraft for specific military missions. This is not a basic flight training course. It is an intense academic curriculum designed to produce world class test pilots and flight test engineers and to meet EASA Cat I requirements.

The course is structured in two phases: The Systems Phase begins in January and the Performance and Flying Qualities Phase begins in July. Students may join the course either in January (‘A’ Class) or July (‘B’ Class).  All students start with a three-week module of general topics and then join the applicable phase.  At the end of their first phase there will be a major phase project followed by a field trip to representative flight test centers and aircraft and avionics manufacturers. The graduation exercise is a limited evaluation of an aircraft unfamiliar to the student. Course subjects are taught in modular form, generally one week of academics followed by two weeks of flight demonstrations, test planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting. There are eighteen modules:


T&E 4001 Introduction to Flight Test

T&E 4201 Intro to Avionics and Weapons Flight Test

T&E 4002 Test Management / OT&E

T&E 4202 Navigation, Communications and GPS

T&E 4003 Capstone Project

T&E 4203 Civil Avionics Systems Certification

T&E 4101 or 4111 Performance Flight Testing I

T&E 4204 RADAR and EW Systems

T&E 4102 or 4112 Performance Flight Testing II

T&E 4206 Weapons Integration

T&E 4103 or 4113 Flying Qualities Flight Testing I

T&E 4207 Electro-optic and Infrared Systems Flight Test

T&E 4104 or 4114 Flying Qualities Flight Testing II

T&E 4208 NVIS Evaluation Techniques

T&E 4105 Modern Flight Control Systems

T&E 4209 Helmet Mounted Displays

T&E 4106 Structures, Loads and Weapons Testing

T&E 4107 Civil Aircraft Icing Certification


The National Test Pilot School is approved to award the Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering or the Master of Science in Flight Test and Evaluation by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to qualified graduates of the professional course.  The Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Pilots: A minimum of 750 hours of pilot-in-command time and a bachelor’s degree in math, science or engineering (or equivalent military academy) plus medically qualified to perform flight duties.


Engineers: A bachelor’s degree in math, science or engineering (or equivalent military academy) plus medically qualified to perform flight duties.


All Students: English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers must pass a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Tower Flyby of Impala and T-38

Signup: Use the Student Application Form to register for a course. Alternatively, you can contact us to check course availability.

NTPS Catalog: For more detailed information please visit the online catalog page to view or download the NTPS Catalog.

Notice: Course costs and dates are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the Course Schedule and Costs page for more information. Contact us to check course availability.

ITAR Notice: This course is limited to US citizens or an organization with an apporved Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA).

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