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Test Pilot School Textbooks

UND on-line OEI Aerodynamics Simulator

FAA and EASA Flight Test Guides

Design of safety critical procedures

Test Pilot Schools around the globe

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Test Pilot School Textbooks

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.

United States Air Force Test Pilot School (USAFTPS)

USAFTPS textbooks on performance and flying qualities can be downloaded from the USArchives or Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) websites:

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)
19970117  : Flying Qualities Phase Planning Guide, 1996 (Engine-out demo/data, p. 3.83)

AD1115005: Pitot-Statics and the Standard Atmosphere, 4th edition (Jul 2020). After opening the downloaded file AD1115005.pdf from DTIC, double click the file name.

United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS)

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


University of North Dakota (UND)

UND has made available an On-line One Engine Inoperative Aerodynamics trainer, visit.


FAA and EASA Certification Flight Test Guides

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)

Design of Cockpit and Other Safety Critical Procedures

Many readers might be involved in aviation and design procedures that might be safety critical. As a service to these readers, a number of links are presented below to papers and studies that might be of interest.

Safety Critical Procedure Development Requires High Level Multi-Disciplinary Knowledge is the title of a paper presented during the EuroControl Safety Forum, Brussels, June 2019. Links to video and pdf of the presentation are provided on the Downloads page, click here.

Other interesting documentation:
Designing Flightdeck Procedures, NASA/TM—2016–219421, Oct. 2016, Immanuel Barshi et.al.;

On the Design of Flight-Deck Procedures, NASA Contractor Report 177642, June 1994, Asaf Degani and Earl L. Wiener;

Human Factors of Flight-Deck Checklists: The Normal Checklist, NASA Contractor Report 177549, May 1990, Asaf Degani and Earl L. Wiener;

On The Typography of Flight-Deck Documentation, Nasa Contractor Report 177605, Dec. 1992, Asaf Degani.


Test Pilot Schools around the globe

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.

USAFTPS

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.

USNTPS

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.

ETPS

Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) is located in Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK. Training provided is similar to training by USNTPS.

EPNER

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.

EPNER

ASTE's Air Force Test Pilot School (AFTPS), HAL Bangalore, India.

NTPS

National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA, USA.

ITPS

International Test Pilot School, Ontario, Canada.

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