Dr. Allen L. (AL) Peterson, President/CEO, EASA Accountable Manager, Rotary and Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor

apetersonAcademic Qualifications
ScD Management of Engineering and Technology, NCU
MS Systems Management, University of Southern California
BS General Engineering, United States Military Academy
Engineering Test Pilot, United States Naval Test Pilot School
DOD Level III PM/T&E Certification, DSMC, DAU

Flight Qualifications
Master Army Aviator
5000+ hours in over 80 different RW/FW aircraft.
Certified Flight Instructor RW/FW/NVG
EASA Flight Test Instructor
FAA Commercial Pilot; Instrument RW/FW
Numerous NVG, NVS, Avionics, and Weapons Systems

Flight Test Experience
Flight Test Instructor, RW/FW, NTPS, Mojave, CA
Chief Test Pilot, US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Ft Eustis, VA
US Army Exchange Test Pilot to Her Majesty’s Forces, Boscombe Down UK
Experimental Test Pilot, US Army Airworthiness Qualification Test Directorate, Edwards AFB
Developmental / Operational Test Pilot, US Army ADTA/AVNBD, Ft Rucker, AL
80+ test programs on various platforms including AH-64, UH-60, AH-1, OH-58, UH-1, FireHawk, Gazelle, Chinook, Lynx, Sea King, Wessex, Cessna 404, King Air, Shadow, and Fire Scout.

Prior Management Experience
Vice President; Marketing, Business Development, and Export Compliance, NTPS
Vice President; Program Support, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Director; UAV Programs, CNS Operations, Corporate Export Compliance, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Assistant Project Manager for Longbow Apache Fielding; US Army PEO Aviation
Project Manager; R&D Programs, US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate
Chief; Operations, US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate
Research & Development Coordinator; US Army Airworthiness Qualification Test Directorate
Commander; Apache Attack Helicopter Troop, Ft. Hood, TX
Chief; Systems Test Branch, U.S. Army Aviation Board

Professional Affiliations
Fellow, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (Doolittle and Salmon Awards)
Life Member Association of Graduates – United States Military Academy

Life Member Society of Flight Test Engineers

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Thomas Hennig is Technical Higher Government Councilor at the Defense Technical Service for Aircraft and Aviation Equipment of the German Armed Forces (WTD 61) in Manching. There he works as a flight test engineer. The former soldier studied aerospace engineering at the University of... Read more

NTPS 40th Anniversary!

(Mojave, CA) The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is proud to announce our 40th Anniversary!! 29 April 2021 marked 40 years of NTPS providing flight test training to Test Pilots & FTEs from over 40 countries around the world. We... Read more

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