NTPS participated in a joint research program with Systems Technology Inc. (STI) and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.  The Fused Reality system, developed by STI, captures imagery from the user's eye perspective and overlays it with an interactive virtual scene. The foreground image (instrument panel) is preserved, and the combined image is viewed via a head mounted display (HMD).  The Fused Reality system was integrated with the GA8 Airvan.  The aircraft's actual motion was used to drive virtual position and attitude. This allowed pilots to fly the actual aircraft and maneuver in close proximity to virtual entities.  Three NTPS and four NASA test pilots evaluated the system via four CLHQ tasks during the test campaign including: straight in landing, offset landing, drogue tracking, and formation station maintenance. The following video incorporates the imagery that was displayed to the pilot real time via the HMD.

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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

 

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