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Position Title: Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor.

Worksite: Mojave, CA.

Come and join the World’s Test Pilot School! The National Test Pilot School is the World’s Leading Total Flight Test Training and Education Organization and we are looking to fill a Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor position. You will work as part of a close team developing and delivering Fixed Wing and Systems flight test course material. In this role you will get down and dirty teaching both ground and airborne instruction to test pilot and flight test engineer students. You can anticipate teaching in all aspects of the Fixed Wing P&FQ and Systems curriculum. You should have excellent interpersonal skills that will allow you to relate and work well with people with a wide range of experience and from diverse cultural backgrounds. You must be able to explain inherently complex subjects in a manner that can be assimilated and applied by all students. Come on! Check us out.

Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Test Pilot Graduate of an SETP recognized test pilot school (Full 12 month/Cat 1/Class A course)
  2. Master’s/Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight testing field (or significant equivalent experience).
  3. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience as a Fixed Wing experimental test pilot.
  4. Class II FAA medical or equivalent.
  5. Fluent in English.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office products.

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Ten years of Fixed Wing flight test experience.
  2. Test experience with Civil Certification, Radar, EO/IR and Comm/Nav systems.
  3. Previous test pilot school instructional experience.
  4. FAA Commercial Pilot License; Single-Engine & Multi-Engine Airplane, Instrument & CFI ratings.
  5. EASA Category I Test Pilot rating and Flight Test Instructor rating.
  6. NVG Experience

NTPS offers a competitive salary, 401k retirement plan, and benefits package. There is occasional travel associated with this position for field trips, student projects, course presentation, and consulting.

Interested parties should provide cover letter and resume/CV to:

Nigel Speedy, Head of Training
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+1 6618242977

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) completed its sixth annual one week Flight Test Camp (FTC) for 19 students from seven local high schools from 18-22 June 2018. The focus of NTPS FTC is STEM oriented and three-fold: 1) introduce high school students to engineering generally and flight test engineering specifically as possible fields of study and careers; 2) introduce our local young people to the amazing array of high tech aerospace companies that exist right in their back yard at the Mojave Air and Space Port (MASP); and 3) show the students the numerous interesting and exciting jobs they could have with an engineering background. 

To do this NTPS developed a three-pronged approach such that in a typical day the students get some engineering academics, a flight in an aircraft or simulator, and a tour of a local aerospace company. The FTS students received lectures from NTPS staff instructors on aerodynamics, flight controls, handling qualities, performance, energy management, and job paths for Flight Test Engineers and Test Pilots. Every student flew a sortie in an airplane and a helicopter and learned how to take data, analyze the results and compare them against civil certification requirements. The students also got hands-on flying experience in four different simulators, some test directing time in the telemetry room and a hands-on Night vision Goggle experience. The MASP staff arranged student tours at the Fire Station, the Control Tower, the Orbital/ATK L-1011 launch vehicle, Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, and Stratolaunch. The tours were spectacular and thanks to very enthusiastic, professional briefers, the students were both awed and inspired.

The NTPS FTC finished on Saturday with a Family Day briefing and BBQ including a NTPS tour, a test pilot/FTE panel discussion, and an awards presentation. NTPS would like to thank MASP and all the companies that provided the great tours. We would also like to say a special thanks our sponsors Mojave Air and Space Port, SMMA Insurance, Keiffe and Sons Ford, Flight Research Inc., Mission Bank, and Stater Brothers. NTPS has dedicated its efforts for the Flight Test Camp to the memory of Mr. Mike Hill, the Flight Test Camp’s first Director and biggest fan.

Flight Test Camp 2018 Group Photo

MiG 21UM

On January 17, 2018, NTPS accepted delivery of it’s newest aircraft, a two-seat MiG-21UM. The aircraft was ferried, in seven flights, from Wilmington Delaware by NTPS Vice President/COO Jim “JB” Brown. The aircraft is a segment of an ongoing program to update the NTPS fleet and provide unique training opportunities for Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer students. This particular aircraft began it’s career in the Czechoslovakian Air Force in 1972 and was imported to the United States in 1992. The MiG will undergo a brief down period for inspections and FAA approval, then will enter the curriculum. The MiG is an excellent example of 3rd Generation fighter aircraft flight controls and handling characteristics, which predate the highly augmented and fly-by-wire systems currently in use. In addition, it’s top speed of Mach 2.05 allows a flight envelope large enough to demonstrate the effects of transonic and supersonic speeds on the aircraft.

On December 15, 2017 the latest Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer graduates were honored in a formal ceremony. The graduates included year-long Professional Course and EASA Category 2 students. Also celebrated were graduates receiving their Masters Degrees.

2017A Graduates

Shown from Left to Right:

  • Captain Jacob Merry, Australian Army, received his rotary wing Professional Course Test Pilot Certificate as well as a Masters Degree in Flight Test and Evaluation.
  • Mr. Kijin Lee, Korean Aerospace Industries, received an EASA Category 1 Rotary Wing Test Pilot Certificate.
  • M.iio Pasquale DiBaise, Italian Air Force, received his EASA Lead Flight Test Engineer Certificate.
  • Squadron Leader Neil Philp, Royal Air Force, received his EASA Category 2 Fixed Wing Test Pilot Certificate.
  • Captain Davey Blancquaert, Belgian Air Force, received his EASA Category 2 Fixed Wing Test Pilot Certificate.
  • Ms. Stephanie Luongo, World View Enterprises, received her Professional Course Flight Test Engineer Certificate and a Masters Degree in Flight Test Engineering.
  • Captain Matthew Chapman, Australian Army, received his Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer Diploma and a Masters Degree in Flight Test Engineering. Matt was also designated as Distinguished Graduate.

2017A AwardsIn addition to graduation certificates and diplomas, Captain Merry received the John Bishop Award as the top Test Pilot Graduate and Captain Chapman received the Ron Bradley Award as the top Flight Test Engineer.

Other recent graduates honored at the ceremony, but not in attendance were Josef Bayoud, Lufthansa Airlines; Ilke Breva, WTD-61; Nenad Jankovic, Saab; Georg Mitscher, DLR; Adrian Müller, DLR; and Michael Wiedmann, WTD-61.

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Contact Info

National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943

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