Welcome to SETP
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.
Reminder! Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award - Nominations Due 29 March
The Flight Test Safety Committee is soliciting nominations for the Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award.
Criteria and nomination information can be found HERE.
The deadline to submit a nomination is 29 March 2019.
USNTPS in the News!
NTPS Graduate Assistant Scholarship Program Announcement
Are you a recent engineering graduate considering launching your career towards the sky? Would you like to apply your problem solving skills at the forefront of the flight test industry? Look no further, the National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is searching for new applicants for its prestigious Flight Test Engineering Graduate Assistant (GA) program. Through this scholarship program, the selected candidate will learn the attributes and skills of a flight test engineer (FTE) by obtaining a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering, completing the internationally recognized NTPS Professional Test Pilot School FTE curriculum, and gaining real-world experience in a flight test environment while working with industry professionals from around the globe. Recent graduates of this program have been handpicked for employment by successful aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, the Spaceship Company, World View, Mitsubishi, Icon Aircraft, and Cirrus Aircraft.
The selected candidate will attend academic lectures, partake in actual flight test laboratories as a flying FTE, analyze data and present findings. The lectures cover a wide range of subjects that include the evaluation of aircraft performance and flying qualities, modern flight controls, and avionics and aircraft weapons systems.
NTPS GAs also participate in research and development projects while assisting NTPS instructors with course preparation and practical demonstrations. Tasks can include the construction, design, and development of flight simulators, support for the NTPS remotely piloted vehicle (drone), data reduction for consultant projects from external NTPS customers, installation of aircraft instrumentation, control room support, and testing of emerging technologies. GAs are the backbone of the NTPS Experimental Aircraft Build club, currently working on the construction and flight test of a Vans RV-12 airplane.
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