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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Red Bulletin Double Feature: THE PILOTS

Red Bulletin Double Feature: THE PILOTS

A second Red Bulletin magazine article titled "THE PILOTS" features the outstanding instructor and student pilots of the National Test Pilot School. Photo credit: Jim Krantz   Read more

NTPS Featured in Red Bulletin Magazine

NTPS Featured in Red Bulletin Magazine

NTPS, COO & Test Pilot Instructor Jim "JB" Brown, and Professional Course student Marco Lisi featured in The Red Bulletin magazine article "NERVES OF STEEL: MOJAVE DESERT TEST PILOTS" Photo credit: Jim Krantz   Read more

NTPS Featured in Kitplane Magazine

NTPS Featured in Kitplane Magazine

A kitplanes.com magazine feature of the National Test Pilot School, by Elliot Seguin. Click on the images below to read Parts 1&2. Read more

NTPS in Vertical Magazine

NTPS in Vertical Magazine

National Test Pilot School is EASA certifed The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) in Mojave, California, as the first Part-ORA approved training organization (ATO) for Part-FCL flight test training. This means NTPS is the... Read more

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