Commanding Officer
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Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Cdr Stephen R J Crockatt RN

Commanding Officer, Empire Test Pilots' School


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Welcome to the Empire Test Pilots' School

Modern flight test programmes are amongst the most demanding of all human endeavours. As aircraft and air systems become increasingly complex and expensive, efficient and safe testing of them, to ensure they can be operated safely and are fit for purpose, is critical.

At ETPS, we provide the building blocks of knowledge and experience that test pilots and engineers need to perform at the very highest levels. It is an honour to be directly involved in the delivery of the flight test instruction that will produce future generations of test pilots and flight test engineers. It is very exciting that, over 70 years on, we are still ‘writing the book’ on the conduct of flight test training.

The capability to deliver excellence in test and evaluation training is possible due to the expertise of the dedicated and talented staff at ETPS. As the Commanding Officer and ‘Headmaster’, I feel incredibly privileged to lead such a high calibre team at the forefront of flight test professionals' training.

I look forward to meeting you at Boscombe Down.

Commanding Officer