Advocacy / Member News
September 21, 2020

RCAF pilots, engineers to train at London’s International Test Pilots School

LONDON, ONT. – The International Test Pilots School (ITPS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract to train Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) test pilots and flight test engineers. 

Following an international competition, ITPS was ranked first in a bid for a Standing Offer to train personnel from the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE).

Currently based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., AETE is the developmental and engineering testing arm and flight test provider for the Canadian Armed Forces. The organization is responsible for evaluating new systems slated for installation on all Canadian military aircraft. 

Selected RCAF pilots and engineers will undergo periodic training at ITPS, the only fully accredited and internationally recognized school of flight testing in Canada. ITPS is one of only four European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-approved flight test training organizations for both fixed- and rotary-wing test pilots. 

“We are delighted that the RCAF joins the growing number of NATO and industry customers that choose ITPS as a training provider for their flight test crews,” commented Giorgio Clementi, ITPS President. “Test pilots and flight test engineers will receive world class training from our expert instructors. Our diverse fleet of training aircraft, including 11 jet trainers, two transonic fighter trainers, a heavy seaplane and a variety of helicopters, will provide the breadth of experience essential for future flight testers."

The Standing Offer awarded to ITPS will be in effect for three years, with an option to extend the training agreement for two additional one-year periods. 

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