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A STA is born … The 5STA!

September 22, 2023

A STA is born… 5STA! Meticulous planning, flawless execution, success! Congratulations to the team on the first flight of our 5th gen. Surrogate Training Aircraft (5STA).

It has been a long road with many hurdles, but the International Test Pilots School (ITPS) team kept the faith and it has borne fruit.

ITPS now operates a transonic jet fighter trainer with a 5th gen. Human Machine Interface (HMI), Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) and Live Virtual Constructive Training (LVCT) through data link. Over the coming months, we will develop it to its full capabilities!

Well done team! We can justifiably be proud of this achievement!

hawker hunter first flight crew standing beside Black hawker hunter 5STA
hawker hunter 5STA on runway after first flight
5STA hunter crew stand beside Hawker hunter
Water dumped on Thiago Macedo, Hawker Hunter 5STA first flight pilot
hawker hunter takeoff and retracting wheels during sunrise
ITPS team stands with 5STA hawker hunter celebrating with arms in the air
Initial contact of Hawker Hunter upon landing
hawker hunter 5STA taxiing for first flight on ITPS ramp
5STA hunter with L39 chase plane from below
5STA hawker hunter deploys parachute upon landing
hawker hunter takes off of runway
hawker hunter 5STA deploys parachute on landing