Courses at ETPS provide flight test professionals with the skills and competencies required to safely and effectively conduct all forms of test flying, including civil certification and military release to service programmes.
For both test pilots and flight test engineers we offer three levels of graduate courses – Class A / CAT 1, Class B / CAT 2, and Systems Test – with all students completing a common foundation in Test & Evaluation (T&E) before specialising in either fixed wing (fast jet or multi-engine), rotary wing aircraft, or aerosystems flight test.
Class A / CAT 1
By completing a Class A course, test pilots and engineers are qualified to conduct experimental, ‘outside the envelope’ test flying over the course of 50 weeks. Graduating this course enables flight test professionals to lead both first-of-type and envelope expansion activities. Our Class A qualification also provides graduates with an EASA CAT 1 Flight Test Rating. For civil customers, ETPS offers a cost and time-effective civil-only qualification which provides an EASA CAT 1 Flight Test Rating in 44 weeks.
Class B / CAT 2
ETPS’ Class B course qualifies test pilots and engineers to conduct developmental test flying and is delivered in 26 weeks. This qualification enables aircrew to command ‘inside the envelope’ test flying or assist in experimental test flying. Our Class B qualification also provides graduates with an EASA CAT 2 Flight Test Rating. As with our Class A, ETPS offer civil customers an efficient civil-only qualification which provides an EASA CAT 2 rating in 24 weeks.
Systems Test Professional
The ETPS Systems Tester course enables graduates to conduct flight test of the advanced aerosystems found in modern aircraft. The course is aligned with our Class A and Class B qualifications and is delivered in 20 weeks. The emphasis of this course is conduct of aerosystems assessment in line with military regulations for manned aircraft.
Short & Bespoke Courses
In addition to our graduate courses, ETPS offers a range of short and bespoke courses for both new and qualified flight test professionals. These courses range from an Introduction to T&E through to advanced, bespoke course for existing test pilots and engineers to either expand their existing qualification or refresh advanced techniques ahead of trials work.
The course is designed to introduce basic Test and Evaluation (T&E) principles and techniques to aircrew who are selected to join Test and Evaluation Squadrons, primarily to conduct Operational Evaluation flying. Aircrew who complete this practical course will have a grounding in the T&E environment including: how tests are planned and managed; how risks are controlled; the fundamentals of flight test data gathering; how to report analysis and conclusions; and how to assess common aircraft systems such as navigation and radar.
Helicopter Ship Interface Training
This two week practical course provides test pilots and flight test engineers with the necessary knowledge to carry out complex helicopter/ship interface trials including the establishment of ship / helicopter operating limits (SHOLs). It is also suitable for non-test pilots and non-flight test engineers who will be closely involved in future HSIT trials to enable them to become familiar with the techniques utilised in order to support that SHOL development activity.
Bridging courses will uprate test pilots and flight test engineers to Class A or CAT 1 standard to enable them to deliver complex flight test programmes for experimental aircraft or activities. Attendees will be taught the full advanced range of test techniques and analytics required for practically assessing the performance to specification of experimental aircraft and be capable of planning, operating, and reporting on multifaceted appraisal exercises.
Flight Test Professional Refresher
Complex skills can fade with time and these bespoke refresher courses aim to refresh a qualified flight test professional’s skill in both test techniques and analytical methods, plus the associated theory, to restore currency in essential fields ahead of a major trials programme. These courses can also be delivered to teams to enable your key team members to re-establish collaborative working skills for the flight test environment.
To discover more about our courses and how we can shape your flight test professionals, please contact us.