Performance and Flying Qualities Professional Course

Course Description

The Performance and Flying Qualities course is aligned with the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course.  Pilots and engineers attend the same academic classes and fly many of the same exercises as the students in the applicable portion of the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course. Emphasis is placed on Federal Airworthiness Regulations, the Joint Airworthiness Regulations and military standards for piloted aircraft.  Safety in flight test is stressed in all aspects of the courses.  This course can be modified slightly to be EASA Cat II compliant.

 
The Performance and Flying Qualities Course is approximately 26 weeks long beginning in June.   There are seven academic modules in the course plus the 4 week T&E 4003 Capstone Project:

 

Fixed Wing Modules

Rotary Wing Modules

T&E 4001 Introduction to Flight Test

T&E 4001 Professional Long Course Introduction

T&E 4101 Performance Flight Testing I

T&E 4111 Performance Flight Testing I

T&E 4102 Performance Flight Testing II

T&E 4112 Performance Flight Testing II

T&E 4103 Flying Qualities Flight Testing I

T&E 4113 Flying Qualities Flight Testing I

T&E 4104 Flying Qualities Flight Testing II

T&E 4114 Flying Qualities Flight Testing II

T&E 4105 Modern Flight Control Systems

T&E 4105 Modern Flight Control Systems

T&E 4106 Structures, Loads and Weapon Testing

T&E 4106 Structures, Loads and Weapon Testing


Pre-requisites

 

Pilots: A minimum of 750 hours of pilot-in-command time and a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent military academy) in math, science or engineering.

Engineers: A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent military academy) in math, science or engineering, plus medically qualified to perform flight duties.

All Students: English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers must pass a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

 

Systems Professional Course

Course Description

The Systems Course is aligned with the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course.  Pilots and engineers in this course attend the same academic classes and fly many of the same exercises as the students in the applicable portion of the Professional Course. Emphasis is placed on Federal Airworthiness Regulations, the Joint Airworthiness Regulations and military standards for piloted aircraft.  Safety in flight test is stressed in all aspects of the courses.

 
The Systems Flight Test Course is 24 weeks long.  The course is held each year from January to June.  Throughout the course there are multiple student-planned projects addressing all of the main systems taught.  There are nine modules in the course, which are the same for either fixed or rotary wing:

 

Fixed and Rotary Wing Modules

 

T&E 4001 Introduction to Flight Test

T&E 4206 Weapons Integration

T&E 4201 Intro to Avionics and Weapons Systems

T&E 4207 Electro-Optic and Infrared Systems

T&E 4202 Communications, Navigation, and GPS

T&E 4208 Night Vision Imaging Systems

T&E 4203 Civil Avionics Certification

Integrated System Project

T&E 4204 RADAR and Electronic Warfare

T&E 4209 Helmet Mounted Display

 

Pre-requisites

Pilots: A minimum of 750 hours of pilot-in-command time and a bachelor’s degree in math, science or engineering (or equivalent military academy) plus medically qualified to perform flight duties.

 

Engineers: A bachelor’s degree in math, science or engineering (or equivalent military academy) plus medically qualified to perform flight duties.

 

All Students: English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers must pass a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Professional Course Descriptions

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    Course Description   The Professional Course is the ultimate in flight test education. Graduates of this 50 week course are prepared to perform envelope expansion, civil certification, and military suitability flights meeting FAR/JAR certification or military specifications. This course is designed to equip experienced pilots and engineers with the knowledge and practical experience to certify new or modified aircraft to stringent FAR/JAR certification standards or to recommend the aircraft for specific military missions. This is not a basic flight training course. It is an intense academic curriculum designed to produce world class test...

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  • Performance and Flying Qualities Professional Course

    Course Description The Performance and Flying Qualities course is aligned with the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course.  Pilots and engineers attend the same academic classes and fly many of the same exercises as the students in the applicable portion of the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course. Emphasis is placed on Federal Airworthiness Regulations, the Joint Airworthiness Regulations and military standards for piloted aircraft.  Safety in flight test is stressed in all aspects of the courses.  This course can be modified slightly to be EASA Cat II compliant.   The Performance and Flying Qualities Course is...

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  • Systems Professional Course

    Course Description The Systems Course is aligned with the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course.  Pilots and engineers in this course attend the same academic classes and fly many of the same exercises as the students in the applicable portion of the Professional Course. Emphasis is placed on Federal Airworthiness Regulations, the Joint Airworthiness Regulations and military standards for piloted aircraft.  Safety in flight test is stressed in all aspects of the courses.   The Systems Flight Test Course is 24 weeks long.  The course is held each year from January to June.  Throughout the course there are multiple student-planned...

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  • Category 2 Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Course - P&FQ Focus

    Course Description A twenty-week EASA Certified course demonstrating techniques to evaluate fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for FAA/EASA Part 23/25/27/29 certification. The course contains the EASA Category 2 training requirements as per Part FCL. Training includes flight time in various aircraft/helicopters.  Performance, flying qualities, systems and the accompanying FAA certification procedures are emphasized. Depending on the customers needs the course can be taken in one of three options: A fixed wing aircraft track that includes light / medium propeller and jet aircraft; A rotary wing track that includes single/multi engine...

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Category 2 Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Course - P&FQ Focus

Course Description

A twenty-week EASA Certified course demonstrating techniques to evaluate fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for FAA/EASA Part 23/25/27/29 certification. The course contains the EASA Category 2 training requirements as per Part FCL. Training includes flight time in various aircraft/helicopters.  Performance, flying qualities, systems and the accompanying FAA certification procedures are emphasized.

Depending on the customers needs the course can be taken in one of three options: A fixed wing aircraft track that includes light / medium propeller and jet aircraft; A rotary wing track that includes single/multi engine helicopters; and an EASA Basic Category 2 light aircraft track that only utilizes propeller aircraft under 2000kg except for one Part 25 aircraft flight (the EASA Basic Cat 2 track is subject to availability and may be scheduled in the spring).

The course includes six mandatory modules over the twenty weeks. Students will attend academic classes with NTPS Professional Course students. This course is approved for approximately 30 credit hours towards a NTPS Master of Science degree program for qualified students.

 

Subjects Covered

Fixed Wing Track Rotary Wing Track
Introduction to Systems Testing Course  Introduction to Systems Testing Course
T&E 4001 Introduction to Flight Test  T&E 4001 Introduction to Flight Test
T&E 4101 Performance Flight Testing I  T&E 4111 Helicopter Performance Flight Testing I
T&E 4102 Performance Flight Testing II  T&E 4112 Helicopter Performance Flight Testing II
T&E 4103 Flying Qualities Flight Testing I  T&E 4113 Helicopter Flying Qualities Flight Testing I
T&E 4104 Flying Qualities Flight Testing II  T&E 4114 Helicopter Flying Qualities Flight Testing II
T&E 4003 Capstone Project T&E 4003 Capstone Project

 

ITAR notice does not apply to Light Aircraft Track option.

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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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