Billie Flynn (F) Appointed Vice President Technology & Strategic Development, ITPS

ITPS is pleased to announce that Billie Flynn has been appointed Vice President Technology & Strategic Development. Since joining us over a year ago Billie has made excellent contributions to our projects, curricula and instruction.

As a 5th Gen Fighter Subject Matter Expert he is providing essential advice and guidance on the development and services at the International Test Pilots School and the International Tactical Training Centre (ITTC). His experience flying the world's most advanced 5th Gen fighter is being leveraged to develop a 5th Gen Technology Roadmap to ensure that the ITPS/ITTC 5th Gen platform and curriculum prepare fighter pilots and test pilot students for advanced fighter aircraft.
Billie will support the development, testing, and introduction to service of the ITPS 5th Generation Surrogate Training Aircraft (5STA) and Advanced Controls Evaluator L-39 (FBW, VSS aircraft) and fulfil a business development role leading key initiatives for the test pilot school. He will continue to provide insight and mentorship to students on modern combat aircraft flight testing and flight test safety.

On the tactical side, Billie will advise on technology and curriculum development for the International Tactical Training Centre (ITTC) programmes, delivered domestically and worldwide, to reflect the necessary advancements to properly equip today's fighter pilot trainees for tomorrow's service fighter aircraft.
Billie is a former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot. Billie's over thirty-year flight test career includes stints at Edwards AFB testing fighter aircraft, DASA (now Airbus, Manching) testing Eurofighter and at Lockheed Martin testing the F-35. He retired from Lockheed Martin as Senior F-35 Test Pilot and Fellow after a long and stellar career evaluating all variants of the F-35 and extensive F-16 testing. Billie is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
When asked about his new role at ITPS, Billie commented, "I am excited to support ITPS as it grows and leverages technology advancements to provide world-class instruction for future test pilots and flight test engineers. The future looks very bright indeed for ITPS."

Klaus Savier Awarded the Spirit of Flight Award

EAA, in partnership with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), is proud to award Klaus Savier, EAA 258013, the Spirit of Flight Award.

Click here to read the full article.

Book News

SETP Fellow, Chris Taylor, has published the following book titled “Test Pilot: An Extraordinary Career Testing Civil Aircraft”.

You can purchase this by clicking HERE.

First Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter Flight

The historic flight marks the first time that a UH-60 Black Hawk has flown autonomously.

Benjamin Williamson (M) was the Lead Test Pilot for the flight.

Read Lockheed Martin's release HERE.

Read DARPA's release HERE.

SETP Preparedness Program (Formerly known as the SETP Partner Handbook)

Rise 360 

Welcome to the interactive, online SETP Preparedness program! (Formerly known as the SETP Partner Handbook) The contents of this program are designed to help you put the basics in order for your family as you embark on your career as a test pilot and/or to keep your affairs in order as you move through life.

In 2010 and 2011, the SETP Partner’s Committee and the SETP Critical Incident Response Committee were both formed to address the needs of the test pilot community more broadly and extend care/help to the families.  We had a few years of unfortunate tragedies that touched our SETP community deeply, and the members engaged with the partners to determine the best ways SETP could help support efforts to ensure members were prepared. The purpose of both of these committees is not simply to prepare you for the worst but to prepare you for the best.

This website was developed to help make navigating the handbook and completing the tasks within easier!