For both test pilots and flight test engineers we offer three levels of graduate courses – Class A/CAT 1 and Class B/CAT 2 – with all students completing a common foundation in Test & Evaluation (T&E) before specialising in either fixed wing (fast-jet or multi-engine)or rotary wing aircraft.
Class A/CAT 1
By completing a Class A course, test pilots and flight test 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’s Class B course qualifies test pilots and engineers to conduct developmental test flying and is delivered in approx. 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 (rotary wing) and 30 weeks (fixed wing).
Bridging course supports the prerequisites for an existing Class B / Cat 2 flight test professional to integrate with the advance phase of the ETPS course to achieve Class A or CAT 1 standard, enabling them to deliver complex flight test programmes for experimental aircraft or activities. Taught the full advanced range of test techniques and analytics required for practically assessing the performance to specification of experimental aircraft, attendees will also be capable of planning, operating and reporting on multifaceted appraisal exercises.
Uncrewed Air System Test Course
This course will develop the skills and competencies of flight test practitioners to enable them to lead test teams working in the ever-changing workspace of uncrewed air systems. The course will equip graduates to meet the operational demands and work with industry in the rapidly evolving UAS sector.
The core of the course is the airborne assessment of systems through access to crewed and uncrewed platforms with a variety of aircraft and mission systems. The expertise developed within this course are extensively practised in the world of UAS and crewed platforms, and have been specifically selected for the course.
Short & Bespoke Courses
In addition to our graduate courses, ETPS offers a range of short courses for both new and qualified flight test professionals. These courses range from an Introduction to T&E for personnel engaged in more operational evaluation, through to advanced courses for existing test pilots and engineers to either expand their existing qualification or refresh advanced techniques ahead of trials work.
Evaluator Aircrew (Crewed/Un-crewed)
The course is designed to introduce basic 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;
- 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 Helicopter Ship Interface Training trials to enable them to become familiar with the techniques used in support of SHOL development activity.
Flight Test Professional Refresher
Complex skills can fade with time. These bespoke refresher courses aim to refresh a qualified flight test professional’s skills in both test techniques and analytical methods, in addition to 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.
Maintenance Test Flying (MTF)
The ETPS Maintenance Test Flying (MTF) course is designed for flight crews selected to carry out MTF as directed under UK Military Aviation Authority Regulations and equivalents. The majority of the course is generic in nature to broaden the scope and allow inclusion of wider regulations, practise and experience and is appropriate for crews performing similar activity under civilian regulation. Target trainees are those required to plan, fly and report on MTFs and also those in a supervisory and/or authorisation capacity.
If you have a unique challenge in either flight test or complex missions, we will be pleased to support your activities by developing bespoke training packages that help to ensure your aircrews and supporting teams are suitably prepared to deliver the required outcomes in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.
Other short courses include:
- Uncrewed Aerial Systems Top-Up for Qualified Test Professionals
- Post Production Training Support
- 9G Centrifuge Training
To discover more about our courses and how we can shape your flight test professionals, please contact us.