Why Train at the National Test Pilot School?

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 more than thirty 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 has a diverse and extremely experienced 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.

NTPS is the leader in innovative and customized total flight test training in the world.  Innovations include:

  • The first accredited test pilot school in the world
  • The first test pilot school in the world to achieve EASA ATO Certification
  • The first civilian test pilot school.
  • The first to offer the professional course in modules to improve the student learning experience and to support continuous professional development.
  • The first test pilot school to confer Masters degrees.
  • The first to offer Pre-TPS courses to help students prepare/ramp-up for the very demanding professional course.
  • The first test pilot school to make Systems Testing 50 percent of the professional course curriculum.
  • The first test pilot school to transition to predominantly electronic course material delivery.
  • The first test pilot school to develop and certify an Optionally Piloted Aircraft and implement it into the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Curriculum.

Faculty Qualification and Experience

The NTPS employs a full time professional staff.  The full time staff is complimented by ten (10) part time academic and flight instructors.  All are highly experienced.  



Highest Degree

TPS Graduate

Years Flight Test Experience

Years TPS Teacher

Flying Experience








Greg Lewis







Jim Brown







Luca Campello







Jason Paquin







Russ Stewart







Patrick Hutcheson

FTE Engineer’s Degree / MS yes 17 2


Ilan Arush

FTE MS yes 25 10 >900
Pat Garman Program Mgt/OT&E MBA yes 26   >2,500

John Norton

TP MS no 9 9 >6,500
Stefan Hanekom TP MS yes 8 4 >3,000
Dennis Rippy TP MS yes 9 8 >2,900
Andrea Pingitore TP MPA yes 5 14 >2,500
Adam Francki TP MS yes 5 1 >4,500
Scott Marshall OT&E MA no 25 7 >5,300
Matteo Brambilla TP MPA yes 3 1 >1,400



The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) complex is located at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, very close to Edwards, AFB.  Mojave airport houses many civilian flight test organizations and has been designated the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center .

The National Test Pilot School has in place a joint use agreement between the USAF and the USN to use the airspace and ranges of R2515 and the MOA 2508 on a non-interference basis.

The NTPS complex currently consists of six buildings.  The school hangar and classroom facility totals 42,400 square feet, two maintenance hangars for jet aircraft repair, each 13,600 square feet and a helicopter and propeller aircraft maintenance facility of 15,000 square feet.  In addition to the buildings mentioned above, additional storage areas totaling 19,600 square feet for aircraft parts is leased from Mojave airport.


The school building has six classrooms, numerous faculty offices, student work areas, briefing rooms, two lounges, conference rooms, library, simulator rooms, multiple computer-based data analysis facilities, telemetry ground station, operations room and administrative sections, showers, lockers and a racquetball court.


The breadth and depth of flight test training offered at the National Test Pilot School is unique, covering civil and military certification, avionics systems flight testing, as well as the more classical subjects of stability and control and performance.

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Contact Info

National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: +1 (661) 824-2977
Fax: +1 (661) 824-2943