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The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) and the United States Air Force Test Pilot School (USAFTPS) have approved their course books for public release with no limitation on the distribution. Below, you'll find the URLs and titles of some of these books.
USAFTPS textbooks can be downloaded from the USArchives website. The textbooks available are:
ADA170957: Performance phase textbook, Volume I, 1986
ADA170959: Flying Qualities Textbook, Volume II, Part 1, 1986
ADA170960: Flying Qualities Textbook, Volume II, Part 2, 1986 (Chapter 11 = Asym power)
USNTPS textbooks can be downloaded from the USNavalTPS Alumni Association website. The textbooks available from this website are:
FTM-103: Fixed Wing Stability And Control (Chapter 6 = Asym power)
FTM-106: Rotary Wing Performance
FTM-107: Rotary Wing Stability and Control
FTM-108: Fixed Wing Performance
FTM-109: Systems Testing
Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE)
The SFTE has issued a Flight Test Engineering Reference Handbook that is made available for download:
Handbook Section 1 - 19
Handbook Section 20
Handbook Section 21
Also available for download:
Pitot-Statics and the Standard Atmosphere, USAFTPS, 4th edition (Jul 2020).
The FAA and EASA Flight Test Guides provide guidance of airplane flight-testing. Their links are provided for readers to be able to download these Guides and learn about the way airplanes are flight-tested, including engine-out testing:
| AC 23-8C
||FAA Flight Test Guide Part 23 Airplanes (Controllability and Maneuverability, including VMCA testing, in Section 4.4 § 23.149)
| AC 25-7D
||FAA Flight Test Guide Part 25 Airplanes (Controllability and Maneuverability, including VMCA testing, in § 5.4)
| CS 23 FTG
||EASA Flight Test Guide (from page 196)
During and following World War II, Test Pilot Schools were
founded by the lead aviation nations because so many expensive prototype
airplanes and personnel were lost during flight-testing because of the lack of adequate
engineering and flight-test knowledge gained by (airline) pilots prior to
and during regular flight training.
Pilots and engineers who graduated from one of the Test Pilot Schools, for
which the entry level is usually an MSc degree in engineering, know there
definitely is a difference in knowledge and experience to be able to talk
knowledgeable about performance and flying qualities of aircraft and conduct
(experimental) flight tests and aircraft evaluations in a safe and responsible way.
They also learned to read and interpret recorded flight data, which are also
used during accident investigations.
USAF Test Pilot School (USAFTPS) at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, USA. Provides two one-year long courses per
year to graduate as experimental test pilot or flight test engineer
for fixed wing aircraft. Students (MSc or BSc with entry exam)
undergo some 540 hours of academics, 50 hours of labs, 21 scored
academic tests, nine graded reports, comprehensive oral exams and
about 130 hours of flying in 20+ different types of aircraft.
Cost for training for an Experimental Test Pilot is approximately
US$ 1,000,000 and for a Flight Test Engineer US$ 350,000, both
excluding salary and expenses.
US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), Patuxent River, MD, USA, offers
courses for experimental test pilots and flight test engineers for
fixed wing and for rotary wing aircraft (helicopters). The
curriculum is similar to that of the USAFTPS.
Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) is located in Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK. Training provided is similar to training by USNTPS.
L'Ecole du Personnel Navigant d'Essais et de Reception (EPNER). French Test Pilot School, located at Istres, France.
Training provided is similar to the other Test Pilot Schools above.
National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA, USA.
International Test Pilot School, Ontario, Canada.
Fedotov Test Pilot School
Fedotov Test Pilot School (FTPS) in Zhukovsky, Russia
Indian Air Force Test Pilot School
ASTE's Air Force Test Pilot School (AFTPS), Bangalore, India