Our courses teach experienced aerospace engineers to deliver safe, efficient and effective flight test programmes. The focus is on practical flying experience, and developing skills in the analysis and presentation of flight test results. You’ll also gain the technical and interpersonal capabilities necessary to excel in a multi-disciplined team environment.
Students take a full and active part in flying exercises structured to replicate real-world flight-test programmes, working closely with pilots. This builds a sound understanding of the aircraft’s operational roles, and the problems associated with test flying – in particular within the cockpit environment.
You’ll learn in small mixed pilot and engineer syndicates led by a course tutor, who will encourage your development as a team player while also nurturing the leadership skills vital to performing pivotal roles in complex programmes.
Fixed wing Class A flight test engineer students achieve around 70 flying hours, evaluating around 18 types of aircraft, many of which have been specially modified for test training – including Alpha-Jet, Avro RJ, Gripen, Hawk, Tucano and variable stability aircraft.
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The course is divided into three main topics: performance, handling qualities and systems.
Ground school: Training begins with an intensive period of instruction to ensure all students have a sound theoretical background to flight test.
Flying exercises: Following a demonstration flight with a tutor, students plan and conduct their own test flights. You’ll present the results of your evaluations in a number of different formats, including verbal debriefs and written reports.
Team working: You’ll work on exercises with pilots and engineers from a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds, learning together in mixed syndicates.
Wider aviation experience: Our students visit aircraft industry and experimental establishments in the UK and overseas, and attend conferences, airshows and lectures.
Preview exercise: The course culminates in the assessment of an aircraft on which you have no previous experience, normally at an overseas test centre or manufacturer's airfield. After evaluation you’ll present a full report to an international audience of test personnel.
Students will normally arrive in the UK in December to deal with the necessary administration, ready to start the course in early January. The course will complete in mid-December.
Our courses are open to aerospace engineers from the UK and overseas who are sponsored by their service or employer to undertake the training. ETPS may seek evidence of your experience and qualifications to ensure suitability and, where necessary, make specific recommendations for pre-course preparation.
To be accepted for the fixed wing Class A flight test engineer course you’ll need:
Graduate level education in engineering, physics or a related subject
Medical fitness for all forms of flying
A strong command of aviation and technical English – both written and spoken.
From experience it is strongly recommended that engineers receive a minimum of 8-10 hours pre-course flying experience on representative types.
Having three or more years’ experience of working in a relevant aviation environment is also a distinct advantage.
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