Passing the test [CANSEC17D1]

31 May 2017

Established in 1986 in England and operating in Canada since 2001, the International Test Pilots School (ITPS, Booth 1926) is celebrating 30 years of providing specialist training services to the military and civil industry worldwide.

ITPS is one of only six test pilot schools worldwide accepting international students and 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 (UASs).

ITPS’s portfolio of specialist training programmes includes tactical training such as the 16-week Fighter Weapons Instructors course, most recently presented in collaboration with the Indonesian Air Force, flying out of Iswayudi Air Force Base, East Java. Its expertise has led to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence for support in the training of flight test crews and engineers for the joint Korean/Indonesian KFX Fighter programme, which will also include advice on the planning and management of the flight testing of their prototypes.

Training contracts are in progress with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to train the flight test teams for the Turkish TAI 625 helicopter and Korean Light Commercial helicopter (LCH)/Light Armed helicopter (LAH).

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for Flight Test Training is expected in June, making ITPS the only such organisation in Canada.

Demand for training at ITPS has been growing steadily year on year and the company will be moving into a new purpose-built and much larger facility at London International Airport in 2018.

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