Flight Test Techniques Refresher

This Flight Test Techniques Refresher is designed for the experienced flight test professional who needs to refresh or review one or more flight test techniques.  The purpose of this refresher or review can be for a variety of reasons including but not limited to preparing for a new flight test program, returning to flight on a flight test program, building proficiency on a particular flight test technique or set of techniques, returning to a flight test position after an absence,
and/or a general refresher of flight test techniques for professional development.  This refresher is not designed for initial training in flight test.  The refresher can be tailored from a couple of hours to several days depending on the topics to be covered.  The aircraft to be utilized and the duration/cost of the training will be determined after assessing the customer requirements.  Please contact NTPS before attempting to sign up for this refresher.

EASA Cat II to Cat I Bridge Course for Test Pilots and FTEs

Length, Content, and Price TBD based on the Individual

Civil Flight Test Certification and Standardization Course - Initial

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.

Civil Flight Test Certification and Standardization Course - Refresher

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.

Upset Recognition and Recovery Training Course

Course Description

This 2 day course familiarizes the pilot with how to recognize, what to expect, and how to recover from aircraft upset conditions. It is well suited to those who have not flown in an aircraft that is cleared for inverted flight or that can depart controlled flight.

The training typically consists of 3 hours of classroom instruction, one hour of ejection seat familiarization, and one flight in the Aermacchi MB 326 "Impala" aircraft assuming the student is a US Person or is covered by a Technical Assitance Agreement (TAA) with NTPS. The course can be completed in one day, however we prefer to give the academics and ejection seat training one afternoon followed by the flight the next morning.

Non-US Persons not covered by a TAA with NTPS can completed the Upset Training in a Sabreliner Business Jet.

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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