NTPS 40th Anniversary!

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is proud to announce our 40th Anniversary!! 29 April 2021 marked 40 years of NTPS providing flight test training to Test Pilots & FTEs from over 40 countries around the world. We recently unveiled our 40th Anniversary Painting called "Changing of the Guard" which depicts the EC-145 taking the lead in helicopter flight test training from the UH-1 as they fly over NTPS and other school aircraft (Prints are available). There has been tremendous change in these past 40 years and NTPS has continued to adapt, innovate, and lead in the modernization of flight test training. NTPS was first with Master’s degrees, Pre-TPS, significant Systems Curriculum, UAV curriculum integration, Graduate Assistant program, EASA certification, and University accreditation. All great examples of our commitment to our mission to advance flight test competency, improve flight test and aviation safety, and enhance the aerospace profession world-wide. NTPS would like to thank all of our loyal customers from across the globe. Here's to another 40 great years!


NTPS 40th

First Flight: Boeing’s Advanced F-15EX

The latest generation of the venerable F-15 fighter took flight on 2 February in St. Louis, with Boeing chief test pilot Matt Giese (AF) at the controls. The flight lasted 90 minutes, and began and ended at Lambert field. The F-15EX is a technologically advanced version of the fighter that entered service in 1974, with fly-by-wire controls, a stronger airframe and much more modern computers and sensors.

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Virgin Orbit Launch

Virgin Orbit Latimer Bippert Ericson

Kelly Latimer (AF), Eric Bippert (M) and Todd "Leif" Ericson (F) had the honor of flying the first ever air launch of a liquid-fueled rocket into orbit, successfully deploying 9 satellites.

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2021 SETP European Symposium Canceled

SETP is sorry to report that due to the ongoing issues related to COVID-19 we have made the decision to cancel the European Symposium that was scheduled to be held in Seville, Spain this June. 

The Committee in Spain is committed to hosting the Symposium in 2022 so please check our website at https://www.setp.org/symposium/meetings/ for more information later this Fall.

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Flight Test Safety Database Update

The Flight Test Safety Database is once again available to everyone at http://ftsdb.grc.nasa.gov/.

Please pass this info on to your colleagues and friends within the flight test community.

Thank you all for your patience and support for the Flight Test Safety Database.