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United States Naval Test Pilot School

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The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) provides instruction to experienced pilots, flight officers and engineers in the theory, processes and techniques of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. Graduating students use this expertise in the acquisition community, working on aircraft and weapons systems, performing flight test and managing introduction of new assets to the fleet.

Located in Patuxent River, MD, USNTPS provides a variety of aircraft, resources and environments to its diverse body of pilots, flight officers and engineers. USNTPS maintains its staff as a focal point of expertise, providing the aviation test community with engineering and training consultation.

Two approximately 48-week courses are offered every year, in February and August. Each class accepts a total of 36 students, including pilots, flight officers, and engineers across US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army, and US Air Force aviators, international aviators/engineers, and Civil Service engineers. USNTPS is the only US military source of rotary-wing test pilots and flight test engineers and therefore, serves as the US Army's test pilot school.


Flight Ready: U.S. Naval Test Pilot School: Live Virtual Constructive

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The next chapter in naval flight test training is here. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, recently adopted Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) simulation exercise technology into its capstone project for its students. LVC enhances training readiness and prepares pilots for a wide range of operational scenarios, especially ones that can’t be replicated in live training.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
22783 Cedar Point Rd., Unit 21
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1160

DSN 342-4131


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