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About ITPS

The Best for the Best

Welcome to International Test Pilots School (ITPS), your best choice for targeted, real world test pilot and aeronautical engineer training. Established in the UK in 1986 and now located at London International Airport (CYXU) in Ontario, Canada, ITPS has been equipping accomplished pilots and aeronautical engineers with highly specialized flight testing skills in Canada since 2001.

Our bespoke fixed and rotary wing training programs have been delivered to civilian and military flight test professionals who have subsequently contributed to the success of some of the world’s most innovative and exciting aircraft.

Our highly qualified expert team of instructors ensures that ITPS provides up-to-date, effective and affordable training to customers. Our professional approach to flight test training is innovative and responsive and contains a truly international dimension that enriches the learning experience for students, exposes them to a variety of technologies, operating concepts and cultures, reflecting the real world of flight testing as a profession.

  • close up of an army green ITPS Aircraft Bo-106 side panels from the parked plane in the hangar.
  • Ground crew on the air apron handle a black nosed, red paneled ITTC L-39.
  • ITPS students and teachers practice onboarding on a silver, parked plane in the hangar.
  • Aero Vodochody L39 airplane on the runway at ITPS Canada.
  • Group of ITPS personnel stand in front of a cherry red and navy blue float plane.
  • ITPS personnel helmets rest on a red and white striped wing of an aircraft in the hangar.
  • front of the cockpit tinted blue windows are the prominent feature of an ITPS Bell 206 parked in the hangar.

ITPS students benefit from:

  • Customised training programs structured for their unique training needs;
  • A diverse fleet of 30 aircraft that includes 11 jet trainers, two transonic fighters, a seaplane, a fully aerobatic single-engine aircraft and a variety of helicopters;
  • An emphasis on new and emerging technology, including simulation, mixed- and virtual-reality;
  • Expert instructors who remain active in the latest technology programs, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 and Airbus A400M;
  • An international focus with personal attention, especially for students whose first language is not English.

Recognised by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Society of Flight test Engineers, ITPS is proud to be fully accredited by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an approved training organisation providing both fixed and rotary wing Category 1 and Category 2 flight test instruction.

The Best Instructors

ITPS arms pilots and flight engineers with the skills and specialised knowledge they need to succeed as elite flight test professionals. Whether civilian or military, fixed or rotary wing, our courses are based on a solid foundation of more than 30 years of flight testing aircraft for a wide range of international manufacturers and air arms.

Collectively, our instructors represent the best of international flight test experience. Civil expertise covers the flight testing and certification of Part 23, 25, 27 and 29 aircraft categories. On the military side, ITPS has been selected as the chosen training partner for 25 air aims to date. Students gain valuable insight from previous flight test and certification programs while our expert staff explain the intent and interpretation of the regulations.

ITPS is proud of its established track record for providing cost-effective flight test training to air forces and civilian industry around the world. We exceed both industry standards and your expectations!

The Best Aircraft

To gain maximum benefit from flight test programs, students must be exposed to a variety of relevant aircraft that challenge their capabilities and deliver unique learning experiences.

With that premise in mind, ITPS has built a diverse fleet of modern and vintage airplanes, including jet fighters and trainers such as the Hawker Hunter T.7 and Aero Vodochody L-39 and L-29. Students also have access to modern business jets such as the Bombardier Challenger 600 series and Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 models, as well as high-performance single- and multi-engine propeller aircraft. In addition, ITPS offers rotary wing customers the chance to experience several helicopter models, from the MBB Bo 105 to the Airbus Helicopters AS355NP Twinstar, the Bell 206B JetRanger, and more.

To supplement its own fleet, ITPS can also hire third-party aircraft such as variable stability aircraft and rotorcraft.

The Best Advice

Do you need the services of a professional flight test department – but without incurring fixed costs and high overhead? ITPS test pilots, engineers and analysts may be contracted to serve as your flight test department for as long as you need them.

London International Airport (CYXU)

The airport is an international gateway with direct flights from Chicago and Detroit, and features Canada Border Services Agency facilities. As of 2009, London International was the 20th busiest airport in Canada, which translates into very few traffic delays for school operations.

The airport is south of Toronto and outside the Toronto (CYYZ) FIR, with large nearby sections of Class E and G airspace, minimizing transit times for the execution of flight exercises which can be flown up to FL180 on a VFR flight plan but are Controlled VFR (CVFR) with flight control by Toronto Centre above 12000 feet. Two dedicated test areas Delta and Juliet a low altitude one to 12000 feet and a high altitude one over Lake Huron, up to FL350, north west of London may be used by the school under an agreement with NAV Canada, the Canadian Air Traffic Control Authority. The school therefore enjoys a very favourable air traffic environment for its training operations.

Its origins go back to the early 1920s; during the Second World War, it was one of the airports used for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which produced Allied pilots.

Please Note:
ITPS does NOT provide flight training for Private or Commercial Pilot Licences.
Additionally, please note that there is no public access to our premises.