The Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) shapes talented pilots and engineers into flight test professionals who deliver powerful strategic advantage and real commercial value.

The world’s first test pilot school, ETPS leads the field in flight test training for both military and civilian customers. Over our 75-year history we have trained students from 32 countries, and our ETPS graduates are qualified to run flight test programmes that provide critical information, optimise performance and save lives.

  • New modular courses that are cost effective and flexible
    Delivered by expert tutors at state-of-the-art training facilities, our modular courses cover experimental, development and systems testing. We can design custom programmes to meet specific requirements, run refresher courses in key subjects, provide tailored training for specialist tasks, or conduct conversions to upgrade existing qualifications (for example Cat 2 to Cat 1).
  • Unique digital learning management system
    Our new, bespoke digital learning management system is the only one of its kind among leading flight test schools. It provides advanced, specialist tools for interactive digital and face-to-face teaching, and supports collaborative learning.
  • State-of-the-art fixed wing and rotary aircraft
    Our aircraft have all been modified to create ‘flying classrooms’ which meet both military and civil requirements. Their innovative glass cockpits have built-in avionics suites to provide realistic training scenarios. These enable training in specialist test techniques, such as air-to-ground radar testing, and the replication of entire sorties for debrief and further study.