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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!

flight crew stand with 5sta
hunter front on runway
crew with hunter
Water dumped on pilots head
hunter takeoff sunset
ITPS team stands with hunter
Hunter 5sta landing
Hunter front on ramp
5sta with chase plane mid air
hunter deploys parachute
hunter wheels up runway
parachute deployed 5sta