United States Naval Test Pilot School

The United States Naval Test Pilot School trains the world’s finest developmental test pilots, flight officers, engineers, industry and foreign partners in full spectrum test and evaluation of aircraft and aircraft systems. Located in Patuxent River, Maryland, the school is forefront in development of modern test techniques and leads aviation in standardization of flight test. It is the only domestic source of rotary wing test pilots serving as dedicated test pilot school of the U.S. Army. Its highly competitive program has graduated more than 90 NASA astronauts to date.

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School's academic rigor and excellence lends to its highly competitive admissions process. Though not required, applicants typically hold degrees in engineering, physical science or math. Those without requisite math or engineering courses can make themselves competitive bolstering transcripts with these classes or completing correspondence courses at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Perspective test pilots have typically flown over 1,000 flight hours. Military aviators are evaluated by a selection board for flight qualification, professional performance, academic background and requirements of the service. Engineers are evaluated similarly with emphasis on experience, performance, and flight suitability.

Application is highly encouraged. Never second-guess what the selection board is looking for.

International Students

The United States Test Pilot School admits a number of international students each year. The school's International Military Office facilitates all stages of international participation from application to arrival. This is also the point of contact fielding any queries from international security representatives.

If your international test directorate is interested in attendance to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot school, please contact the Security Cooperation Officer at your country's American Embassy.

Contact Information

International Military Student Officer | Richard Harris | [email protected] | 301-757-5019

The refined combination of classroom, simulation, inflight instruction and mentorship makes USNTPS the most prestigious flight test school in the world. Graduating two classes annually, the rigorous ten month program is made of 530 academic hours, 100 sorties, 120 flight hours and 25 technical reports. The syllabus is divided into three parts: fixed-wing, rotary-wing and airborne systems.

With emphasis on engineering depth and project variety, the course is designed to prepare students to meet requirements of both naval developmental and operational test and evaluation, in addition to other research, development test and evaluation activities across other U.S. military services, government agencies and international partners.

The school also offers a cooperative Masters program with the Naval Postgraduate School.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Courses

HIGH-IMPACT CONDENSED TRAINING FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL FLIGHT TEST COMMUNITY

Admission for short courses is non-competitive and available to military, industry and academia aircrew, engineers or scientists and consist of two-week introductory-level courses in aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school's short courses provide a basis for safe and effective test project planning, execution and reporting and feature complete guided exercises with demonstration flights and ground simulators.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Courses | 2019

07 Jan - 18 Jan

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation China Lake

28 Jan - 08 Feb

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test Patuxent River

11 Mar - 22 Mar

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Orlando

25 Mar - 05 Apr

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Patuxent River

08 Apr - 19 Apr

Introduction to Fixed Wing Flying Qualities Patuxent River

03 Jun - 14 Jun

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test Patuxent River

08 Jul - 19 Jul  

Introduction to Rotary Wing Flying Qualities & Performance Patuxent River

12 Aug - 23 Aug

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Patuxent River

23 Sep - 03 Oct

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test China Lake

21 Oct - 1 Nov

Introduction to Fixed Wing Flying Qualities Patuxent River

 

INTRODUCTION TO AIRCRAFT AND SYSTEMS TEST & EVALUATION
Prepares attendees for airborne mission systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO FIXED WING FLYING QUALITIES
Prepares attendees for fixed-wing aircraft flying qualities, performance and aircraft avionics systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO ROTARY WING FLYING QUALITIES & PERFORMANCE
Prepares attendees for rotary-wing aircraft flying qualities, performance and aircraft missions and weapons systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS FLIGHT TEST
Introduces and exposes students to unmanned aerial systems flight test methods and techniques.

SPECIALTY COURSES
On request, specialized courses can be prepared and, if practical, presented at the customer’s site. Specialty courses durate from one to two weeks and typically include a simulation and/or flight portion of the course.

Contact Information

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Course Department | 5.0_ct&[email protected] | 301-757-5049

History

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) was founded March 12, 1945 at the Navy's Flight Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, by Cmdr. Sydney Sherby. The purpose of the school was to ensure that test pilots of the day were formally trained to handle the high demands and expectations placed upon them by the rapidly evolving state of aircraft technology.

As Patuxent River's chief project engineer, Sherby proposed an indoctrination course for Navy flight test pilots with a curriculum that spanned aerodynamics, performance, stability and control characteristics, miscellaneous tests and trials, and flight test reporting.

The early Flight Test Pilot Training Program consisted of 37 hours of classroom academics and nine hours of flight time spread over a 10- week period. Classes met Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and were taught by Sherby. Students in Class 0 flew the F-6F Hellcat, FM-2 Wildcat, SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger and SNJ and were taught in-flight test and evaluation techniques by Lt. Cmdr. H. E. McNeely.

The USNTPS flight test syllabus gradually grew beyond its humble "Class 0" beginnings and evolved into a full-time course of study that now consumes nearly a year of dedicated effort involving over 500 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of flight time in more than 15 different type/model/series aircraft. As many as 36 experienced pilots, flight officers, and test engineers from all branches of the U.S. military and international partners make up each class. Over 4,200 students have graduated from USNTPS.

In addition to the original fixed wing flying qualities and performance based curriculum, USNTPS added a rotary wing course of study in 1961 and an airborne systems curriculum in 1975 to ensure that the technical aspects of each of the Navy's primary test disciplines were being addressed.

Currently, USNTPS is the only U.S. institution with a formal rotary wing test pilot syllabus and the only test pilot school in the world with a dedicated airborne systems curriculum.

Today, USNTPS remains at the forefront of aviation education by continuing to investigate and develop new flight test techniques, publish manuals for use by the aviation test community in standardizing flight test techniques and project reporting, and conducting special projects as requested by the flight test community. The school maintains its staff as a focal point of expertise to provide the aviation test community with engineering and training consultation through active participation in technical councils, NATO flight test committees, and professional organizations such as the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

Over 70 years have passed since Cmdr. Sherby's first test pilot class began formal training of naval aviators to perform duties as flight test pilots. The next 70 years promise to see the same level of innovative accomplishment, tireless energy, and dedicated performance by the school as the world of naval aviation evolves and moves on to new challenges and advanced technology.

Cmdr. Glenn Rioux

Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Cdr. Rioux served as an Electronics Technician with 10 years of U.S. Navy service, attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He served at NAS Whiting Field and Precommissioning Detachment CARDINAL (MHC 60) before being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1997. He simultaneously earned his Masters and Bachelors degrees at Virginia Tech with majors in Computer Science and Software Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Leadership.

Rioux earned his commission in August 2000, underwent primary flight training in Pensacola, FL and selected the E-2C fleet platform.  Upon completion of E-2C flight training, he reported for duty with the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE (VAW 115) in Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5). Soon after reporting, the USS KITTY HAWK Strike Group participated in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW) and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).

Rioux graduated USNTPS class 131 in June 2007 and reported for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWENTY (VX 20) where he performed as a project officer on the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS), Automated Information System (AIS) and the NC-130H Radar risk reduction platform for E-2D. He was selected as the Naval Test Wing Atlantic Test NFO of the year for 2008.

Reporting for duty on Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5) staff in 2009, he performed as the staff E-2C representative as well as the air wing coordinator for communications, cryptographic keys and data links. Additionally he was a key planner in several major exercises in the Western Pacific to include ANNUALEX 2009-2011, Exercise VALIANT SHIELD 2010 and Exercise KEEN SWORD 2010. He also participated in Humanitarian Relief efforts during OPERATION TOMODACHI following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

Selected for operational Department Head, he reported to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE THREE (VAW 113) in September 2011. There he excelled as the Administrative Officer and Operations Officer during a challenging maintenance period significantly impacted by the federal government fiscal sequestration.

Reporting for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWENTY (VX 20) he performed as Mission Systems Lead and Government Flight Test Director for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. He led the Integrated Test Team through a demanding sensor installation and integration period which culminated in the successful completion of the Triton Operational Assessment in support of the Milestone C decision. He next reported to NAVAIR 4.5.1.4 Engineering in support of the Mission Systems Integrated Product Team on the PMA-266 Fire Scout Program. He performed as the United States Naval Test Pilot School Executive officer starting in January 2017 and assumed command on 12 July 2018.

Rioux has more than 2400 hours in more than 30 models of jet, propeller, and rotary wing aircraft with 95 hours of combat flight time. His awards include the Air Medal (First Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 total, 1 w/ Combat ‘V’), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Medal (2), Armed Services Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Lt. Col. Rory Feely

Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Lt. Col. Rory Feely is a Marine Corps Acquisitions Officer and Experimental Test Pilot who specializes in the acquisition of military helicopters and associated weapons systems for the Department of the Navy.  As an Acquisitions Officer, he develops procurement strategies, interfaces with defense industry companies and leads government teams of engineering, logistics, financial, and contracting professionals while balancing cost, schedule and performance on U.S. Government defense contracts.

Prior to joining the United States Naval Test Pilot School as the Executive Officer in July 2018, he was assigned to the Marine Corps’ Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Office (PMA-261) where he was responsible for the CH-53K International team’s efforts in Germany and Israel.

Lt. Col. Feely’s other acquisition career billets include: Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow at 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2016-2017; and Marine Corps Light/Attack Helicopter Program (PMA-276), Deputy Program Manager for Foreign Military Sales from 2015-2016.  While at 3M, he examined business best-practices of Fortune 500 companies in Human Capital Management, Innovation and Big Data.  While at PMA-276, he managed foreign programs for three countries and led business development efforts for seven other countries interested in purchasing the Marine Corps’ H-1 Helicopters.  He also worked for two years as an Integrated Product Team Lead in the Advanced Capabilities Office of the Presidential Helicopter Program during the solicitation, award and early development phases of the Sikorsky VH-92A Presidential Helicopter.

Lt. Col. Feely has 23 years in the Marine Corps and has deployed four times.  His first three deployments were as a combat helicopter pilot in the AH-1W Super Cobra flying in Iraq and Southeast Asia.  His fourth deployment in 2011 was supporting Special Operations Command in Central Asia where he led Special Forces Teams that conducted training for foreign military Special Forces of U.S. partner nations.

He graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 2007 and worked as a Military Test Pilot for four years at Air Test & Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX-21).  The majority of his test work was on precision weapons and high-fidelity sensor systems integrated onto combat helicopters.  Lieutenant Colonel Feely was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association Marine Corps Tester of the year in 2009 for his work on the AH-1W and AH-1Z Attack Helicopters.  He is an active member of the Vertical Flight Society, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

Lt. Col. Feely was born in Dublin, Ireland and has a bachelor’s degree in Physics (Honours) and a minor in Mathematics from University College Cork, Ireland.  He earned a Masters in Technical Program Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2015. 

Admissions

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School's academic rigor and excellence lends to its highly competitive admissions process. Though not required, applicants typically hold degrees in engineering, physical science or math. Those without requisite math or engineering courses can make themselves competitive bolstering transcripts with these classes or completing correspondence courses at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Perspective test pilots have typically flown over 1,000 flight hours. Military aviators are evaluated by a selection board for flight qualification, professional performance, academic background and requirements of the service. Engineers are evaluated similarly with emphasis on experience, performance, and flight suitability.

Application is highly encouraged. Never second-guess what the selection board is looking for.

International Students

The United States Test Pilot School admits a number of international students each year. The school's International Military Office facilitates all stages of international participation from application to arrival. This is also the point of contact fielding any queries from international security representatives.

If your international test directorate is interested in attendance to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot school, please contact the Security Cooperation Officer at your country's American Embassy.

Contact Information

International Military Student Officer | Richard Harris | [email protected] | 301-757-5019

Courses

The refined combination of classroom, simulation, inflight instruction and mentorship makes USNTPS the most prestigious flight test school in the world. Graduating two classes annually, the rigorous ten month program is made of 530 academic hours, 100 sorties, 120 flight hours and 25 technical reports. The syllabus is divided into three parts: fixed-wing, rotary-wing and airborne systems.

With emphasis on engineering depth and project variety, the course is designed to prepare students to meet requirements of both naval developmental and operational test and evaluation, in addition to other research, development test and evaluation activities across other U.S. military services, government agencies and international partners.

The school also offers a cooperative Masters program with the Naval Postgraduate School.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Courses

HIGH-IMPACT CONDENSED TRAINING FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL FLIGHT TEST COMMUNITY

Admission for short courses is non-competitive and available to military, industry and academia aircrew, engineers or scientists and consist of two-week introductory-level courses in aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school's short courses provide a basis for safe and effective test project planning, execution and reporting and feature complete guided exercises with demonstration flights and ground simulators.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Courses | 2019

07 Jan - 18 Jan

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation China Lake

28 Jan - 08 Feb

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test Patuxent River

11 Mar - 22 Mar

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Orlando

25 Mar - 05 Apr

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Patuxent River

08 Apr - 19 Apr

Introduction to Fixed Wing Flying Qualities Patuxent River

03 Jun - 14 Jun

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test Patuxent River

08 Jul - 19 Jul  

Introduction to Rotary Wing Flying Qualities & Performance Patuxent River

12 Aug - 23 Aug

Introduction to Aircraft and Systems Test & Evaluation Patuxent River

23 Sep - 03 Oct

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test China Lake

21 Oct - 1 Nov

Introduction to Fixed Wing Flying Qualities Patuxent River

 

INTRODUCTION TO AIRCRAFT AND SYSTEMS TEST & EVALUATION
Prepares attendees for airborne mission systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO FIXED WING FLYING QUALITIES
Prepares attendees for fixed-wing aircraft flying qualities, performance and aircraft avionics systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO ROTARY WING FLYING QUALITIES & PERFORMANCE
Prepares attendees for rotary-wing aircraft flying qualities, performance and aircraft missions and weapons systems test and evaluation.

INTRODUCTION TO UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS FLIGHT TEST
Introduces and exposes students to unmanned aerial systems flight test methods and techniques.

SPECIALTY COURSES
On request, specialized courses can be prepared and, if practical, presented at the customer’s site. Specialty courses durate from one to two weeks and typically include a simulation and/or flight portion of the course.

Contact Information

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Short Course Department | 5.0_ct&[email protected] | 301-757-5049

History

History

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) was founded March 12, 1945 at the Navy's Flight Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, by Cmdr. Sydney Sherby. The purpose of the school was to ensure that test pilots of the day were formally trained to handle the high demands and expectations placed upon them by the rapidly evolving state of aircraft technology.

As Patuxent River's chief project engineer, Sherby proposed an indoctrination course for Navy flight test pilots with a curriculum that spanned aerodynamics, performance, stability and control characteristics, miscellaneous tests and trials, and flight test reporting.

The early Flight Test Pilot Training Program consisted of 37 hours of classroom academics and nine hours of flight time spread over a 10- week period. Classes met Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and were taught by Sherby. Students in Class 0 flew the F-6F Hellcat, FM-2 Wildcat, SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger and SNJ and were taught in-flight test and evaluation techniques by Lt. Cmdr. H. E. McNeely.

The USNTPS flight test syllabus gradually grew beyond its humble "Class 0" beginnings and evolved into a full-time course of study that now consumes nearly a year of dedicated effort involving over 500 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of flight time in more than 15 different type/model/series aircraft. As many as 36 experienced pilots, flight officers, and test engineers from all branches of the U.S. military and international partners make up each class. Over 4,200 students have graduated from USNTPS.

In addition to the original fixed wing flying qualities and performance based curriculum, USNTPS added a rotary wing course of study in 1961 and an airborne systems curriculum in 1975 to ensure that the technical aspects of each of the Navy's primary test disciplines were being addressed.

Currently, USNTPS is the only U.S. institution with a formal rotary wing test pilot syllabus and the only test pilot school in the world with a dedicated airborne systems curriculum.

Today, USNTPS remains at the forefront of aviation education by continuing to investigate and develop new flight test techniques, publish manuals for use by the aviation test community in standardizing flight test techniques and project reporting, and conducting special projects as requested by the flight test community. The school maintains its staff as a focal point of expertise to provide the aviation test community with engineering and training consultation through active participation in technical councils, NATO flight test committees, and professional organizations such as the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

Over 70 years have passed since Cmdr. Sherby's first test pilot class began formal training of naval aviators to perform duties as flight test pilots. The next 70 years promise to see the same level of innovative accomplishment, tireless energy, and dedicated performance by the school as the world of naval aviation evolves and moves on to new challenges and advanced technology.

Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Glenn Rioux

Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Cdr. Rioux served as an Electronics Technician with 10 years of U.S. Navy service, attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class. He served at NAS Whiting Field and Precommissioning Detachment CARDINAL (MHC 60) before being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1997. He simultaneously earned his Masters and Bachelors degrees at Virginia Tech with majors in Computer Science and Software Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Leadership.

Rioux earned his commission in August 2000, underwent primary flight training in Pensacola, FL and selected the E-2C fleet platform.  Upon completion of E-2C flight training, he reported for duty with the Liberty Bells of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE (VAW 115) in Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5). Soon after reporting, the USS KITTY HAWK Strike Group participated in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW) and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).

Rioux graduated USNTPS class 131 in June 2007 and reported for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWENTY (VX 20) where he performed as a project officer on the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS), Automated Information System (AIS) and the NC-130H Radar risk reduction platform for E-2D. He was selected as the Naval Test Wing Atlantic Test NFO of the year for 2008.

Reporting for duty on Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5) staff in 2009, he performed as the staff E-2C representative as well as the air wing coordinator for communications, cryptographic keys and data links. Additionally he was a key planner in several major exercises in the Western Pacific to include ANNUALEX 2009-2011, Exercise VALIANT SHIELD 2010 and Exercise KEEN SWORD 2010. He also participated in Humanitarian Relief efforts during OPERATION TOMODACHI following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

Selected for operational Department Head, he reported to the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE THREE (VAW 113) in September 2011. There he excelled as the Administrative Officer and Operations Officer during a challenging maintenance period significantly impacted by the federal government fiscal sequestration.

Reporting for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWENTY (VX 20) he performed as Mission Systems Lead and Government Flight Test Director for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. He led the Integrated Test Team through a demanding sensor installation and integration period which culminated in the successful completion of the Triton Operational Assessment in support of the Milestone C decision. He next reported to NAVAIR 4.5.1.4 Engineering in support of the Mission Systems Integrated Product Team on the PMA-266 Fire Scout Program. He performed as the United States Naval Test Pilot School Executive officer starting in January 2017 and assumed command on 12 July 2018.

Rioux has more than 2400 hours in more than 30 models of jet, propeller, and rotary wing aircraft with 95 hours of combat flight time. His awards include the Air Medal (First Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 total, 1 w/ Combat ‘V’), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Medal (2), Armed Services Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Executive Officer

Lt. Col. Rory Feely

Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Lt. Col. Rory Feely is a Marine Corps Acquisitions Officer and Experimental Test Pilot who specializes in the acquisition of military helicopters and associated weapons systems for the Department of the Navy.  As an Acquisitions Officer, he develops procurement strategies, interfaces with defense industry companies and leads government teams of engineering, logistics, financial, and contracting professionals while balancing cost, schedule and performance on U.S. Government defense contracts.

Prior to joining the United States Naval Test Pilot School as the Executive Officer in July 2018, he was assigned to the Marine Corps’ Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Office (PMA-261) where he was responsible for the CH-53K International team’s efforts in Germany and Israel.

Lt. Col. Feely’s other acquisition career billets include: Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow at 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2016-2017; and Marine Corps Light/Attack Helicopter Program (PMA-276), Deputy Program Manager for Foreign Military Sales from 2015-2016.  While at 3M, he examined business best-practices of Fortune 500 companies in Human Capital Management, Innovation and Big Data.  While at PMA-276, he managed foreign programs for three countries and led business development efforts for seven other countries interested in purchasing the Marine Corps’ H-1 Helicopters.  He also worked for two years as an Integrated Product Team Lead in the Advanced Capabilities Office of the Presidential Helicopter Program during the solicitation, award and early development phases of the Sikorsky VH-92A Presidential Helicopter.

Lt. Col. Feely has 23 years in the Marine Corps and has deployed four times.  His first three deployments were as a combat helicopter pilot in the AH-1W Super Cobra flying in Iraq and Southeast Asia.  His fourth deployment in 2011 was supporting Special Operations Command in Central Asia where he led Special Forces Teams that conducted training for foreign military Special Forces of U.S. partner nations.

He graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 2007 and worked as a Military Test Pilot for four years at Air Test & Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX-21).  The majority of his test work was on precision weapons and high-fidelity sensor systems integrated onto combat helicopters.  Lieutenant Colonel Feely was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association Marine Corps Tester of the year in 2009 for his work on the AH-1W and AH-1Z Attack Helicopters.  He is an active member of the Vertical Flight Society, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

Lt. Col. Feely was born in Dublin, Ireland and has a bachelor’s degree in Physics (Honours) and a minor in Mathematics from University College Cork, Ireland.  He earned a Masters in Technical Program Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2015.