Course Description

This course introduces the student to the philosophy, procedures, and theory of acceptance / maintenance / production flight test.  A 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 acceptance flight test to include crew resource management exercise is performed.  A complete takeoff speed development and stability and control exercise for large jet aircraft is preformed in the Simulator.  At the completion of this course the student will have a basic knowledge of the Type Certificate Requirements / Process, and the role maintenance and acceptance flight test plays in ensuring the aircraft performance, flying qualities, and systems meet the critical Type Certificate Requirements.

Aircraft & Simulators

Aircraft
Single engine 
Multi-engine 
Jet

No specific aircraft are guaranteed

Simulators
Variable Stability Simulator
Fly-It Simulator
Simulator (Cat C)

No specific simulators are guaranteed

Subjects Covered

Subsonic Aerodynamics
Certification Process/Documentation 
Takeoff & Land/Takeoff Speed Development
Integrated Avionics 
Introduction to Stability and Control (S&C)
Aircraft Subsystems 
Aircraft Design/Modification Effects on S&C
Mach Effects on S&C 
Introduction to Variable Stability Simulation
Upset Recovery Theory 
Transonic Aerodynamics
Acceptance Test Checklist 
Flight Management System
Flight Controls 
Crew Resource Management
Warning Systems
Ground Acceptance Inspection
PIO Theory
Stalls and High Angle of Attack
Asymmetric Flight 
Introduction to Acceptance Testing
Navigation Systems 
Aeroelasticity and Flutter Hazards
Safety In Flight Test

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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