The National Test Pilot School has selected a common digital instrumentation system for the majority of the aircraft used at the school.

Pi Research, a British company, has been providing instrumentation systems for race car drivers for years.  Pi's desire to expand into the aircraft instrumentation business and the school's need for an affordable, user-friendly instrumentation system have coalesced into a common instrumentation system being implemented at the school.  Capable of up to 36 parameters at 100 Hz, the instrumentation system has been incorporated into several aircraft.  Currently the system is fully operational in the SW-3 Merlin, the B-76 Duchess, one MB-326 Impala, one OH-58 and the UH-1N.  Near term plans include expansion to the C-47TP Turbo Dakota, the SK-35 Draken and an additional Impala.  Eventually, all school aircraft that use any instrumentation are slated to have the Pi System as a common platform.  The data from the system is stored on a flash card and is uploaded postflight onto the school's intranet.  This allows students, within minutes of landing, to start manipulating the data on computers at their desk.  Data from the Pi files can be easily parsed and exported to Excel spreadsheets, greatly reducing the menial part of post flight data analysis at the school.  The parameters available now include control forces, delflections, alpha, beta, rates in all axes, airspeed, altitude, and load factor.  Future enhancements include adding GPS data as a common parameter to all installations. 

Login Form

NTPS News

Dr. AL Wins SETP Doolittle Award

On 25 September 2020, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots announced Dr. Allen L. (AL) Peterson as the recipient of the 2020 Doolittle Award. The James H. Doolittle award was established in 1966 to honor outstanding accomplishment in technical management... Read more

NTPS Grad Sikorsky Senior Manager

Oleson Named Sikorsky Flight Test Engineering Senior Manager I am pleased to announce Robert (Duane) Oleson has accepted the role of Flight Test Engineering (FTE) Senior Manager, based in West Palm Beach, FL.  Duane will officially move into his new role... Read more

NTPS Newsletter: Special Edition!

       Hello NTPS Family and Friends and Greetings from Sunny (and Smoky) Mojave! 2020 is a crazy year everywhere and NTPS is no exception; COVID-19 Pandemic causing lots of concern, Election Antics all over the news, Travel difficutlies for some students,Wildfires and... Read more

NTPS Featured in Forbes!

NTPS Featured in Forbes Magazine! Click here to read the article at forbes.com. Air Force Space Command Tapped America’s ‘Other’ Test Pilot School To Start Up A Space Force Flight Test Teamby Eric Tegler, Forbes Contributor Aerospace & Defense An NTPS Northrop T-38 Talon... 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

Twitter
Facebook
Youtube
Linkedin
RSS