Short Course Descriptions

  • HMD & NVG Testing

    Course Description This course is designed to provide technical and human factors information regarding NVGs, NVIS  (NVG compatible) lighting, and the integration of both in the aircraft.  Emphasis is placed on system evaluation techniques, which are based on years of practical experience in a number of different aircraft.  Topical information in the academic lectures is reinforced during NVG lab and aircraft demonstrations.  It will also provide technical and human factors information regarding Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems.  Emphasis is placed on various approaches to system design that impact usability and methods of test that will...

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  • Introduction to FW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing (T&E 4007)

    Course Description This course is designed to satisfy the demand for engineers, pilots and flight test support personnel who require practical experience in aircraft performance, stability and control, handling qualities, flight test instrumentation data handling, as well as a working knowledge of FAA and military specifications pertaining to piloted aircraft. Classroom academics are tailored to prepare the students for practical in-flight tests.  Seven flights are performed in a medium weight transport aircraft. These aircraft have been instrumented to serve as in-flight laboratories.  On each of the sorties the students participate as flight...

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  • Introduction to RW Performance & Flying Qualities Flight Testing

    Course Description This two-week introductory course is structured for engineers, pilots and flight test support personnel who require practical experience in: 1. Evaluating helicopter performance, stability and control and handling qualities. 2. Obtaining the required data in flight and performing the analysis post flight. 3. Comparing Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 14 and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations and relevant military specifications to the data obtained. This course can also serve as a refresher course for experienced flight test personnel. The classes prepare the students to effectively plan and...

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  • Introduction to Systems Testing

    Course Description This two-week course is especially suited to aircrew, engineers and analysts who require an introduction and hands-on experience in Avionics Systems Flight Test.  This course is designed for newcomers to the field, experienced personnel who are returning to the field and Flight Test Managers and support personnel newly assigned to a systems flight test program.  In addition to systems theory and operating practice, the principles and techniques of avionics flight testing are emphasized to provide students with a firm understanding and background necessary to participate immediately in any flight test program upon return to...

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  • Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Course

    Course Description The course teaches basic flight test principles, concepts, and processes of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E).  Classroom instruction is reinforced by two demonstrations to provide “hands-on” experience in OT&E flight testing. A final project flight further reinforces the classroom instruction.  The final project uses operational requirements/capability documents to plan, flight test, and report on how well an aircraft or system meets mission needs. This course develops a “customer-centric” view of testing by providing an overview of current OT&E philosophies, processes, concepts and issues.  Specifically the course...

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  • UAV Systems Test

    Course Description This two week Course addresses the unique testing requirements when evaluating a UAV system. It is assumed that the participants are generally knowledgeable in manned aircraft flight testing as this course builds on that knowledge. The students will be involved with four UAV missions utilizing the NTPS FAA-approved C150 Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA). Course lectures will introduce the students to UAV-specific testing when compared to manned Fixed and Rotary Wing testing. Issues such as data latency, human factors, data link coverage, failure modes, contingency management, telemetry issues, guidance, navigation and control,...

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  • Pre-TPS Course

    Course Description The NTPS Professional Courses demand a strong background in mathematics and the physical sciences as well as extensive flying experience.  Many pilots and engineers selected to attend flight test schools have not had the opportunity for many years to exercise the academic skills learned in school or may not be coming from a flying assignment. The objectives of the course are to refresh the students academically in the basic concepts of mathematics, physics, and aerodynamics, and provide some opportunities to refresh flying skills. The six-week course is basically divided into three sections: Refresher in mathematics...

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  • Technical Pilot Course for Production/Acceptance/Maintenance Flight Test

    Course Description This course introduces an experienced operational pilot to the philosophy, procedures, and theory of production / acceptance / maintenance flight test.  An academic review of basic aerodynamics and aircraft performance, plus risk management, upset recovery theory, aircraft pilot compatibility, an introduction to stability and control and acceptance / maintenance / production flight test procedures are accomplished prior to in-flight / simulator practical application exercises.  During one of the inflight exercises, an actual aircraft production/acceptance flight test to include crew resource management exercise is...

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Professional Course Modules
Professional Course Modules are typically divided into one week of theory and two weeks of practical. The theroetical phase of any of the 17 modules that make up the Professional Course can be taken stand alone as an academic-only course.  These are normally five day courses, Monday through Friday. See the following links for details: Core T&E modules, Performance & Flying Qualities modules, Systems modules

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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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