The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is a nonprofit civilian institution of higher education located and incorporated in the state of California. The mission of NTPS is to educate and train military and civilian aviation personnel so that each graduate increases flight test competency, improves flight test and aviation safety, and enhances the aerospace profession worldwide.
Institutional Learning Outcomes, Program Educational Objectives, and Program/Student Learning Outcomes are defined to be consistent with the institutional mission and to meet the needs of the flight test professional and community. Outcomes and Objectives are regularly assessed and evaluated to assure continuous improvement.
The National Test Pilot School offers the best total flight test education and 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 thirty-plus 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 additionally has an extremely experienced and diverse 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.