Job Opening – Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor

Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor, Mojave, CA.  Responsible for academic and flying laboratory instruction for test pilot and flight test engineer students in fixed wing flight test engineering & development in Master of Science professional flight test courses, and short courses covering flight performance, envelope expansion, handling qualities, and aircraft systems for compliance with both military and civil regulations.  Must have a Bachelor’s Degree, be a graduate of an SETP Recognized Test Pilot School.  5 years military jet (flight) experience.  One year experience as a test pilot instructor.   FAA Class 2 Medical Certificate.  Offered salary $180,000.00 per year.  Mail resume to: National Test Pilot School, Attn. James E. Brown III, 1030 Flightline, Building # 72, Mojave, CA 93501

NTPS Acquires Flight Research INC

On behalf of the NTPS Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Flight Research, Inc, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Flight Research Inc assets and the creation of a new NTPS not for profit Business Unit, Flight Research International LLC (FRI).

NTPS is The World’s Test Pilot School.  Our mission is to educate and train military and civilian aviation personnel so that each graduate increases flight test competency, improves flight test and aviation safety, and enhances the aerospace profession worldwide.  We complete our mission through our professional Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer short and on demand courses. NTPS is accredited to award Master of Science Degrees and maintains an EASA certification.

Flight Research is a world leader in aircraft maintenance, advanced flight training specializing in upset prevention and recovery training, flight test support, preparation for space travel, and custom high performance aircraft support and flight training.

Said NTPS Enterprise CEO Pat Garman, “The joining of NTPS and FRI increases operational efficiencies and enables both NTPS and FRI to serve the international flight test and aviation communities with a broader set of flight test and advanced flight training options.”

Said Bill Korner retiring Chairman and CEO of Flight Research, Inc. “It is a natural fit bringing these two exceptional companies together with the ability to offer customers the very best in services that further the safety and advancement of aerospace.”

James E Brown III will continue to lead the NTPS School as President, and Patrick Garman will serve as the Interim CEO of the NTPS Enterprise and acting President of FRI.  To learn more, please visit us at and

NTPS staff and students attend 66th annual SETP

Last week, NTPS staff and students attended the 66th Annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium in Anaheim, CA.

While the event offers the chance to foster professional relationships within the flight test community, it is also an opportunity to enhance safety in the profession of flight test by sharing invaluable experience, technical insights, and lessons learned.

NTPS President & CEO Jim “JB” Brown won the Salmon Award for Best Technical Paper published in COCKPIT Magazine, SETP’s bi-annual journal. Andrea Pingitore, NTPS Chief Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor and Safety Manager, presented his paper “Evaluating Mental Workload Using Psychophysiological Measures” during the technical sessions.

For the Mojave Test Pilots, the Sky Has No Limits

NTPS is in the news! Check out this article "For the Mojave Test Pilots, the Sky Has No Limits" by Italian reporter Francesco Militello Mirto of EmmeReports.

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For the Mojave Test Pilots, the sky has no limits

Dr. Battipede teaches Flying Qualities I and II courses

NTPS and the Professional Course 22A and 22B students would like to thank Dr. Manuela Battipede of the Politecnico di Torino.

Dr. Battipede spent a month at NTPS teaching Flying Qualities I and II academic courses as part of the ongoing exchange between the National Test Pilot School and Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This international partnership aims to enhance the exchange of knowledge and passion for flight test for the staff and students, both at NTPS and Politecnico.