Draken Jets Retired To Good Homes

Draken Move 1The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) has found great homes for its retired SAAB Draken Jets.  One jet each will be on loan for display at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California; the Colonel Vernon P Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum in Boron, California; and the Witt Event Center at the Mojave Air and Space Port.  After decades of great service to first the Royal Danish Air Force and then at NTPS from 1994-2009, the Draken Jets will be on display at these prestigious organizations to be enjoyed by thousands of people from around the world in professional and educational settings.

Joint Fused Reality Research Program

 

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.

NTPS Welcomes Class 2015A

NTPS Class 2015A has arrived and started their training. The 2015A class includes members from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the United States. They will soon join the members of Class 2014B to begin work on the six-month Systems Course. We are excited to welcome the new class and wish them the best on their educational journey!

NTPS Submits EASA Application

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) announced that it formally submitted its Application for an EASA Part – ORA ATO Approval in late May 2014 and it was registered by EASA in early June 2014. This is the first formal step in the process for NTPS to receive EASA Approval as an Authorized Training Organization (ATO) for Flight Test. NTPS President and CEO, Dr. AL Peterson, stated that “NTPS is committed to meeting the flight test education and training needs of our EASA member customers and our application for approval as an EASA Flight Test ATO demonstrates the seriousness of that commitment. We look forward to working with EASA to complete the ATO approval process as soon as possible.” NTPS currently conducts flight test education and training that meets or exceeds the known EASA requirements for Category I and Category II flight test personnel and for Flight Test Instructors.

NTPS RPV Module going Full Throttle

The NTPS RPV module introduces our flight test students to remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) flight test techniques (FTT) and test procedures.  The course uses an FAA approved C-150 Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) with a safety pilot on board.  Control of the aircraft is passed from the safety pilot to the Ground Control Station after the OPA climbs over 500 feet above ground level.  The RPV Module focuses on how to apply previously learned P&FQ and Systems flight test techniques to an air vehicle and system that is being piloted or controlled remotely.  Additionally, the OPA is fully integrated into the NTPS TM room allowing other students to manage the complex FTT missions from a segregated control room as the Test Director.

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