Patrick Hutcheson

Flight Test Instructor, Adjunct Professor


Patrick HutchesonAcademic 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


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