Dennis "Roscoe" Rippy, Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor


Academic Experience:

Executive Masters of Business Administration, Naval Post Graduate School

Master of Science, Flight Test Engineering, USAF TPS/Air University

Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee


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


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

Advanced Systems and Weapons Test Pilot/Project Officer, VX-31, China Lake NAWS, CA


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


Professional Affiliations:

Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Tailhook Association


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Phone: 661-824-2977
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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