Dennis "Roscoe" Rippy

Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor


Dennis Rippy Academic Qualifications

Executive Masters of Business Administration, Naval Post Graduate School
Master of Science, Flight Test Engineering, USAF TPS/Air University
Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee

Flight Qualifications

FAA Airline Transport Pilot MEL and Instrument
FAA NH-T38 Type Rating
FAA Commercial SEL, Private Rotorcraft
F/A-18 Strike and Rescue Mission Commander
F/A-18 Night Vision Device Instructor
Aviation Safety Officer
Defense Acquisition Test and Evaluation Level III

Instructor Experience

F/A-18 Functional Check Pilot
F/A-18 NATOPS and Instrument Evaluator
F/A-18 Weapons Tactics Instructor
F/A-18 Night Vision Device Instructor
Crew Resource Management Instructor
Operational Risk Management Instructor

Flight Test Experience

Chief Test Pilot, Point Mugu Sea Test Range, NBVC Point Mugu, CA
Lead Exercise Planner and Senior Controller, Combined Force Command, Seoul Korea
Weapons Integrated Team Lead/Operations Officer/Test Pilot, VX-31, China Lake NAWS, CA
TAdvanced Systems and Weapons Test Pilot/Project Officer, VX-31, China Lake NAWS, CA

Professional Affiliations

Member – Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)
Tailhook Association

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

NTPS Professional Course students visited multiple aerospace companies all over the US as partof a weeklong field trip to gain exposure to the flight testing of new aircraft and systems designs.The team visited Beta technologies, an eVTOL company based in... Read more

NTPS Graduate Assistant, Vikrant Sharma…

NTPS is pleased to announce that our Graduate Assistant, Vikrant Sharma, co-authored a paper titled “Unsteady CFD Studies for Gust Modeling in Store Separation”, recently published in the Defence Science Journal. The paper, that can be viewed at the following... Read more

UAV Systems Flight Test module

During the UAV Systems Flight Test module, Professional Course students spent a week learning from Industry professionals about the intricacies involved with testing Uncrewed Aircraft Systems and their lessons learned in the process. The students completed several flights with NTPS... Read more

RW and FW P&FQ

During the last two weeks NTPS held its Introduction to Performance and Flying Qualities (P&FQ) Testing Short Courses for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Two diverse classes totaling 20 students that represented 9 different Nations with both military and industry experience... Read more


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