NTPS Graduates in the News
Lt Col Cho, Republic of Korea Air Force
, a 1995 graduate of the National Test Pilot School, assumed command of the 281st
Test & Evaluation Squadron in December 2004. Prior to becoming the test squadron commander, Lt Col Cho was a test pilot for the T/A-50 and KT/KO-1 programs. Lt Col Cho also flew the first flight of the T-50 Golden Eagle in August 2002.
Wing Commander Steven Young, Royal Australian Air Force, a 1995 graduate of the National Test Pilot School, has assumed command of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU), RAAF Base Edinburgh, Adelaide, Australia
. In addition to being the Commanding Officer, Steve is also the Chief of Flight Test of the only unit in the RAAF dedicated to flight testing.
Kevin Bredenbeck, a 1996 graduate of the National Test Pilot School, has been named as Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He is responsible for Sikorsky’s flight office and oversight of all flight operations activities.
Andrew Stewart, a 1998 graduate of the National Test Pilot School, retired in June from AETE in Canada
where he was the Operations Officer. He has accepted a position at General Dynamics Canada as the Maritime Helicopter Program Qualification Team Lead. His duties will include Combined Test Force Lead for the combined Sikorsky/GD Canada/DND team.
Ronen Shapira, a 2003 graduate of the National Test Pilot School, has been named Chief Test Pilot by Israeli Aircraft Industries. Ronen will be piloting the Gulfstream G150 which is a new executive jet during its first flight on May 18, 2005.