International training [CANSEC2016D1]

25 May 2016

Established in England in 1986 and operating in Canada since 2001, the International Test Pilot School (ITPS) (Booth 234) is one of only six test pilot schools worldwide accepting international students.

Its core business is training experienced pilots and engineers in the skills of test and evaluation (T&E) on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

ITPS has recently been awarded training contracts by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), to train the flight test teams for the Turkish Indigenous Helicopter and Korean Light Commercial Helicopter (LCH)/Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) respectively.

Its London, Ontario base will be the venue for the training of new helicopter flight test crews for the next two years.

The TAI contract represents repeat business from Turkey, which recently contracted ITPS to train the entire flight test team for the Hurkus turboprop military trainer. The KAI contract represents new business in Korea, although ITPS has a long-standing relationship with the Republic of Korea Air Force, which has been training test pilots and flight test engineers annually at ITPS Canada since 2011.

ITPS is in the process of obtaining approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for Flight Test Training, the only one in Canada.

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