Course Description

The six-week Initial Course consists of classroom lectures, simulator and aircraft flight testing both in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Each student receives both fixed and rotary wing academics and flight test training. The course is designed to cover the areas of aircraft performance, propulsion, stability and control and systems that are pertinent to the certification of fixed and rotary wing aircraft with respect to the existing Federal Airworthiness Regulations. Upon completion of the course each student will have had a complete review of the aerodynamic and systems theory, hands on flight test experience and data comparison to the existing FAR’s. The course graduates will be current and standardized in FAA flight test certification procedures for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The Initial Course accommodate up to 8 students, including a maximum of 2 pilots.

Normally, the FAA schedules two Initial Courses per year and fills them with FAA students. Additional courses for non-FAA personnel can be scheduled on an as-required basis. Contact the school for details.

The National Test Pilot School has had an exclusive, continuous contract to train all FAA test pilot and Flight Test Engineer new-hires in a six-week Initial Course since 1994. During this time, the continual feedback and input from the students and the FAA course monitors have been a huge learning experience for all of the NTPS instructors and these inputs have been incorporated into the course.

Signup: Use the Student Application Form to register for a course. Alternatively, you can contact us to check course availability.

NTPS Catalog: For more detailed information please visit the online catalog page to view or download the NTPS Catalog.

Notice: Course costs and dates are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the Course Schedule and Costs page for more information. Contact us to check course availability.

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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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