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USNTPS Experience

Main Curriculum

The United States Naval Test Pilot School main curriculum is 10 months long, and consists of around 530 academic hours, 100 sorties/120 flight hours, and 25 technical reports. Two classes are held annually, and a class is convened every January and July.

It is a unique educational program of considerable engineering depth and project variety, designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of Navy Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E), Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) activities, and various other Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) activities in all U.S. military services, other U.S. Government agencies, and many foreign nations.

The main curriculum is divided into three syllabi:

  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing
  • Airborne Systems

In addition to course and flight grades, graduation is contigent upon successful completion of the final exercise. Combining and testing all elements learned in the curriculum, this exercise requires the student to plan the test flight, fly the plan, and write a formal technical report on an aircraft the student has not flown before.