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Training Aircraft

The school has assembled a unique and diverse fleet of 20 aircraft with 11 jet trainers, two transonic fighters, a seaplane and a several helicopters. Training types include the British Hawker Hunter T.7, AERO Vodochody L-39C and L-29, Bombardier Challenger and Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 models, as well as MBB Bo 105M and Bell 206 helicopters, among others.

The L-39 Albatros fleet has been upgraded with full-colour touchscreen displays and hands-on throttle and stick controls. Simulation is heavily incorporated into all training programs, and the school employs virtual reality (VR) to boost training effectiveness.

Variable Stability Flying

Variable stability aircraft are in-flight simulators that allow the safe evaluation and comparison of aircraft flight control laws and handling qualities in a real flight environment.

ITPS is the only civilian entity developing its own variable stability aircraft: the Advanced Controls Evaluator (ACE) L-39 featuring a programmable Digital Flight Control Computer with Haptic Feedback Inceptors and the Variable Stability Long-EZE Adaptive Handling Qualities Aircraft (AHQA).

ITPS also uses the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC’s) Bell 212 variable stability helicopter as well as CALSPAN’s Lear 25 aircraft.


ITPS puts the emphasis on technology. The school employs modern avionics, head-up display (HUD) technology, tactical datalink, live virtual constructive training and advanced simulation systems to enhance its flight test training programs. Simulators – including F-18 and Boeing 787 units – are used throughout the test pilot and flight test engineer training programs.

They facilitate instruction in electronic flight information and HUD systems evaluation, fly-by-wire flight control laws, autopilot and flight management systems assessment. ITPS has also contracted with CAE’s Toronto training centre to access a number of simulators for test pilot school exercises.


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