The National Test Pilot School Announces the Successful Completion of the Inaugural NTPS Flight Test Camp for Local High School Students

Flight-Test-Camp-2013sMOJAVE, CA – (July 15, 2013) – The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) today announced the completion of the inaugural flight test camp (FTC) for local high school students. The camp, held from 8-13 July 2013, was an unqualified success and drew great praise from students, parents, and educators alike according to Dr. AL Peterson NTPS President &CEO. “The students tell me the flight test camp was a great success and we agree so we plan to do it again next year.” stated Peterson. The NTPS goal for FTC was to introduce and excite young people about flight test engineering as a possible course of study/career path, to highlight potential career opportunities in flight test and engineering available in local high tech organizations, and to put a boost into STEM programs at the local schools. The five and a half day camp was conducted at the NTPS facilities at the Mojave Air and Space Port (MASP) providing STEM focused training to a total of 11 students from Mojave, Rosamond, California City, and Tehachapi high schools. The course included flights in the twin-turbine Merlin Flying Laboratory; flights in six different aircraft and systems simulators, instruction in a variety of flight test engineering academic classes, and tours of high-tech businesses at MASP to include Fiberset, Incotec, XCOR, Virgin Galactic, and Scaled Composites. The camp finished up on Saturday morning with briefing and tour for the student’s families and school officials, a test pilot and flight test engineer Q&A panel, an award ceremony for the students, and a BBQ for everyone in attendance. NTPS Director of Business Operations and Camp Director Mr. Mike Hill commented “I was very impressed with these young people. They really embraced the course, asked lots of good questions, and participated in everything. We have a lot of potential future engineers in this group!”

About NTPS

NTPS is a not-for-profit civilian educational institute located and incorporated in the State of California. The School was established in 1981 to meet the flight test training needs of both the U.S. and international aerospace communities. NTPS students and customers come from a variety of backgrounds including military organizations, the aerospace industry, governments, certification agencies, and even private citizens. NTPS is the only civilian test pilot school in the United States.

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Allen L. Peterson
President & CEO
NTPS
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502
661-824-2977

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Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
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