Course Description

The FAA two-week certification course is intended as a review of material covered in the initial six-week FAA Flight Test Certification and Standardization Course. The course is patterned after the recurrent course provided to all FAA Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers continuously since 1994. The course is specifically structured to provide the necessary knowledge associated with certification of aircraft or aircraft components in accordance with U.S. Federal Airworthiness Regulations (FARs). The course is designed for flight test or flight test support personnel from within the aircraft industry or government sponsored Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs). CAA’s from all countries that certify and use U.S. aircraft and aircraft components would particularly benefit from this course. It is highly recommended that the pilot and engineer test team concept be preserved as much as possible in providing personnel for the course.

The course is an intensive review of the background of all aspects of FAA certification including, but not limited to, certification procedures, ground tests, flight tests, flight test techniques, acceptable methods of data presentation, standardized interpretation of the FARs, and a review of the documents required for FAA certification.

The course is normally done exclusively in fixed wing aircraft. Both rotary and fixed wing training can be conducted concurrently when required with all students receiving a common core of academic instruction followed by specialization courses within a student’s particular aircraft category. During the course each pilot will receive approximately six hours of flying time in their specialization category and up to six hours of simulator time to evaluate and practice the FAA flight test techniques. In addition to flying with the pilots and recording flight test data for data reduction and analysis, engineers will also receive two hours of hands-on flying experience to further solidify their understanding and appreciation for the flight test techniques.

Upon completion of the course, the participant will have a thorough knowledge of the civil aircraft certification procedures and will be capable of actively working on aircraft certification programs either for the manufacturers or the certification authority.

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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