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 pilots and flight test engineers and to meet EASA Cat I requirements.
The National Test Pilot School is approved to award the Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering or the Master of Science in Flight Test and Evaluation by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to qualified graduates of the professional course. The Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
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).