Patrick Hutcheson, Flight Test Instructor

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Academic Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada (2025)
Mechanical Engineer (Engineer’s Degree), United States Naval Postgraduate School
MSc Mechanical Engineering, United States Naval Postgraduate School
BEng Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada
USN Test Pilot School, Class 139

Flight Qualifications
More than 1500 hours in over 50 aircraft types
FAA Commercial Pilot: Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land, Instrument Airplane
FAA Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane Single Engine, Airplane Multi-Engine
Flight Test Engineer

Flight Test Experience
20+ years of experience in flight test at the Canadian Air Force Flight Test Centre, within Industry and at NTPS.
Flight Test Instructor, NTPS, Mojave, CA
Flying Qualities Test Pilot, Mojave, CA
CF-18 R2 - OFPs, Radar, Electronic Warfare and Weapons Integration
CF-18 Advanced Distributed Combat Training System
CF-18 Flight Management System
Hellenic Navy Dash 8 Q400 Weaponization
Multiple Platforms - Advanced Weapons Integration
Pulse Detonation Engine – Development and Performance Testing

Management Experience
Integrated Test Force Commander - CF-18
Senior FTE - Fixed Wing Evaluations
Deputy Section Head - Fighter Evaluations
Chief of Staff - 4 Wing Headquarters
Senior Maintenance Manager & Divulged Engineering Authority - 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron
Manager, Graduate Assistant Program - NTPS

Professional Affiliations
Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (P.Eng.)
Member, Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE)
Educator, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Life Member, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation (NPSF)
Life Member, RMC Club of Canada (RMCCC)
Owner and Pilot, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

Tunable Mid-IR Sensing of a JP-10-Fueled Pulsed Detonation Engine, ICDERS
Simultaneous Mid-IR Measurement of Equivalence Ratio and Temperature in a JP-10-Fueled Pulsed Detonation Engine, AIAA
Design, Modeling and Evaluation of an Initiator Unit for a Split-Path JP-10/Air Pulse Detonation Combustor, AIAA
Design, Modeling and Performance of a Split Path JP-10/Air Pulse Detonation Engine, NPS
Investigation of Flow Field Properties on Detonation Initiation, JPC
Performance tests of NPS pulse detonation engine, ICPCD
50+ Experimental Flight Test Plans and Flight Test Reports


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P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
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RAeS Honors NTPS Instructor

NTPS Instructor Patrick Hutcheson Inducted into Royal Aeronautical Society The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is pleased to announce that Patrick D Hutcheson has been conferred a fellowship in the Royal Aeronautical Society. A fellowship in the Royal Aeronautical Society is the... Read more

Shawn Coyle Last Flight

NTPS was saddened to hear of the passing of Shawn Coyle on 19 June 2021 at the age of 71. Shawn was well known throughout the flight test community and was an instructor at NTPS from 2001 to 2004. Blue... Read more

NTPS Grad Thomas Hennig featured by Germ…

Thomas Hennig is Technical Higher Government Councilor at the Defense Technical Service for Aircraft and Aviation Equipment of the German Armed Forces (WTD 61) in Manching. There he works as a flight test engineer. The former soldier studied aerospace engineering at the University of... Read more

NTPS 40th Anniversary!

(Mojave, CA) The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is proud to announce our 40th Anniversary!! 29 April 2021 marked 40 years of NTPS providing flight test training to Test Pilots & FTEs from over 40 countries around the world. We... Read more


Contact Info

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