SETP Recognized Test Pilot Schools

Empire Test Pilot School

United States Naval Test Pilot School

United States Air Force Test Pilot School

French Test Pilot School (EPNER)

International Test Pilots School (11 month course)

National Test Pilot School (11 month course)

Indian Air Force Test Pilot School

Brazilian Test Pilot School (EFEV) Escola de Formacao em Ensaios em Voo

The following specific guidelines are intended as guidance for an assessment of a test pilot school that wishes to be recognized by SETP. The individual items should not be viewed as hard and fast requirements. Rather a school recognized by SETP should literally meet a majority of the items and the intent of all of them.   These guidelines are:

  1. The school should be housed in an appropriate facility.
  1. The facility should be a permanent building, buildings, or portion of a building that is used exclusively by the school.
  2. The facility should house the school’s administration and faculty offices as well as provide satisfactory classrooms, briefing rooms, and a technical library.
  3. The facility should include network and computer capacity sufficient for data reduction and report generation.
  4. The facility should include telemetry capabilities sufficient to train students in the use of real time control of flight tests.
  5. The permanent facility should also house any specialized training systems used by the school (laboratories, simulators, etc.).
  1. The school must have appropriate aircraft.
  1. The school must have priority access to a varied fleet of aircraft that are suitably instrumented to perform the core flight test training functions.
  2. The instrumentation systems must supportable on site.
  3. The aircraft must be representative of the type of courses offered (fighters, transports, helicopters).
  1. The school must have qualified flight instructors.
  1. The in-flight instruction must be done by qualified test pilots. As evidence of qualification, the majority of the instructors must meet the requirements for membership in SETP in the grade of Associate Member or higher.
  2. The core of the in-flight instructional staff must be full time personnel whose first priority is test pilot instruction.
  3. The full time core of instructor pilots can be supplemented by part-time flight instructors.
  1. The school must have qualified academic instructors.
  1. Academic instructors should have flight test experience.
  2. The core of the instructional staff should be composed of full time personnel whose first priority is course development, preparation, teaching and tutoring students.
  3. The core of instructors can be supplemented by part-time instructors.
  4. Academic instructors should be degreed personnel in an appropriate field.
  5. Academic instructors may also function as flight instructors.
  1. The course of instruction offered by the school being considered for recognition must be of sufficient breadth and duration.
  1. Introductory or short courses in flight test are not appropriate and should not, by themselves, constitute the curriculum being recognized by SETP. While it is not the intent of this SOP to specify in detail the duration and content of courses, other SETP-recognized schools are 9 to 11 months long and cover performance, flying qualities and systems flight testing. The course of instruction being considered should not deviate significantly from these parameters.
  1. The school must have satisfactory course textbooks and notes, appropriate for the types of courses offered.
  1. The school must have demonstrated stability over time.
  1. This can be shown by a history of at least six classes with graduates who are either Members of SETP or who would qualify for membership in SETP at the grade of at least Associate Member.

Membership Statistics

Membership Statistics as of 31 December 2016

Honorary Fellows 115
Living 10
Deceased 105

 

 

 
Fellows 220
Associate Fellows 342
Members 1481
Associate Members 273
Provisional Associate Members 126

 

 

 
Total Membership 2452

 

 

 
Lifetime Members 695
(Included in the above totals)  

 

 

 
Corporate Membership 66

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.

Contact Info

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
44814 North Elm Avenue
Lancaster, California, 93534 USA
Phone 661.942.9574
Fax 661.940.0398

 

SETP's International Headquarters The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
44814 North Elm Avenue
Lancaster, California, 93534 USA
Mail Address correspondence The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
P. O. Box 986
Lancaster, CA 93584-0986
Office Hours Monday - Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm (West Coast Time)
Telephone 1.661.942.9574
Fax 1.661.940.0398
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