Short Course Descriptions

  • Introduction to FW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing

    Course Description This two week short course is designed to satisfy the demand for engineers, pilots and flight test support personnel who require practical experience in aircraft performance, stability and control, handling qualities, flight test instrumentation data handling, as well as a working knowledge of FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted aircraft. Classroom academics are tailored to prepare the students for practical in-flight tests. Seven flights are performed in a medium weight transport aircraft. These aircraft have been instrumented to serve as in-flight laboratories. On each of the sorties the students...

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  • Introduction to RW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing

    Course Description This two week short course introduces pilots, engineers, flight test support, and management personnel to helicopter flight test theory and procedures. This course can also serve as a refresher course for experienced flight test personnel. Scope of the course includes performance, handling qualities, data acquisition and analysis, and FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted helicopters. The Academic classes prepare the students to plan and conduct efficient flight tests. Students participate as flight test engineers on several flights in an instrumented helicopter, gathering data for post-flight analysis....

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  • Introduction to Systems Testing Course

    Course Description This two-week course is especially suited to aircrew, engineers and analysts who require an introduction and hands-on experience in Avionics Systems Flight Test.  This course is designed for newcomers to the field, experienced personnel who are returning to the field and Flight Test Managers and support personnel newly assigned to a systems flight test program.  In addition to systems theory and operating practice, the principles and techniques of avionics flight testing are emphasized to provide students with a firm understanding and background necessary to participate immediately in any flight test program upon return to...

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  • Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Course

    Course Description The course teaches basic flight test principles, concepts, and processes.  Classroom instruction is reinforced by two demonstrations and two project flights designed to provide “hands-on” experience in flight testing. A final project further reinforces classroom instruction.  The final project uses operational requirements/capability documents to plan, flight test, and report on how well an aircraft or system meets mission needs.   Previous class projects have included fixed wing, rotary wing, air vehicle and avionics systems evaluations. Military This course develops a “customer-centric” view of testing by providing an overview...

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  • Introduction to RPV Flight Testing

    Course Description This two-week course offers a brief overview of how RPVs are flight tested. It is intended to provide the students with an introduction to the proper techniques to execute performance, flying qualities, and systems evaluations of fixed wing platforms.  The course will introduce students to the methods and challenges associated with flight testing both remotely piloted and command directed vehicles through lectures, simulation, and actual RPV flight test exercises. General topics will include: Controls and Displays, Human Factors, Workload, Certification, Test Mission Planning, Test Safety Planning, Data Cards, Oral and...

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  • Pre-TPS Course

    Course Description Evaluating a new aircraft or airborne system demands a strong background in mathematics and the physical sciences as well as extensive flying experience.  Many pilots and engineers selected to attend flight test schools have not had the opportunity for many years to exercise the academic skills learned in school. The objectives of the course are to prepare the students academically in the basic concepts of mathematics, physics, aerodynamics, aircraft performance and stability and control and airborne systems evaluation techniques. The six-week course is basically divided into three sections: Two week refresher in...

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  • Technical Pilot Course

    Course Description This course introduces the student to the philosophy, procedures, and theory of acceptance / maintenance / production flight test.  A review of basic aerodynamics and aircraft performance, plus risk management, upset recovery theory, aircraft pilot compatibility, an introduction to stability and control and acceptance / maintenance / production flight test procedures are accomplished prior to in-flight / simulator practical application exercises.  During one of the inflight exercises, an actual aircraft acceptance flight test to include crew resource management exercise is performed.  A complete takeoff speed development and...

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Professional Course Modules
Professional Course Modules are typically divided into one week of theory and two weeks of practical. The theroetical phase of any of the 17 modules that make up the Professional Course can be taken stand alone as an academic-only course.  These are normally five day courses, Monday through Friday. See the following links for details: Core T&E modules, Performance & Flying Qualities modules, Systems modules

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

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NTPS Submits EASA Application

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) announced that it formally submitted its Application for an EASA Part – ORA ATO Approval in late May 2014 and it was registered by EASA in early June 2014. This is the first formal... Read more

NTPS RPV Module going Full Throttle

The NTPS RPV module introduces our flight test students to remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) flight test techniques (FTT) and test procedures.  The course uses an FAA approved C-150 Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) with a safety pilot on board.  Control of the aircraft... Read more

Congressman Visits NTPS

Congressman Kevin McCarthy visits NTPS as part of a tour of the Mojave Air and Space Port on 05/13/14.  During the brief stop he was able to visit with numerous constituents that work at NTPS and see some of the... Read more

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Phone: 661-824-2977
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