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Introduction to Flight Testing

70 Lecture Hours
5 Flight Hours
3 Weeks
Minimum of 2 Aircraft Types Flown

This course provides the minimum knowledge to understand what Flight Testing is and gives practical exposure to fixed-wing aircraft flight tests. The course includes flight exercises on two aircraft types. Instruction focuses on risk assessment, test planning, techniques used to prepare the test cards, standard procedure to brief the test points, and demonstrates flight test methods, data acquisition and analysis. Students will participate as crew in recording data in flight in one of the ITPS instrumented laboratory aircraft. A tutorial session after each flight will guide the students through the data analysis process to reduce the data. Students will gain an understanding of the flight test process from planning to execution, analysis and reporting for flight test purposes with reference to both civil and military specifications.

Admission:  Graduate student standing or permission from the instructor


  • Introduction to Flight Test
  • Test Plan Preparation
  • Flight Safety and Risk management
  • Test Card Preparation
  • Report Writing
  • Anthropometrics and Ergonomics
  • Flight Test Instrumentation
  • Gas Properties and International Standard Atmosphere (ISA)
  • Fixed-Wing Performance Test Techniques
  • Fixed-Wing Performance Data Analysis
  • Equations of Motion and Aerodynamic Derivatives
  • Fixed-Wing Flying Qualities Test Techniques
  • Fixed-Wing Flying Qualities Data Analysis
  • Military Specifications
  • CS25 Certification Process

Start date:       On-site in June 2022
Duration:         3 weeks

The new facility features a 27,000 sq.ft. hangar, big enough to house ITPS’s expanding fleet of aircraft. The administration and classroom building have been extended by 15,000 square feet and feature six additional classrooms, a simulator centre, a state of the art Telemetry Room, additional student facilities and change rooms. The new building features additional briefing rooms, a flight crew ready room and much enlarged canteen area.

CYXU is a modern regional airport 5 nm north east of the city of London, Ontario. The airport is an international gateway airport with direct flights from Chicago and Detroit and Immigration and Customs facilities. It is as of 2009 the 20th busiest airport in Canada, which makes for efficient school operations with little to no delays due to traffic. The airport is south of Toronto and outside the Toronto (CYYZ) FIR and has close access to large 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 Center above 12000 feet. Two dedicated test areas Delta and Juliet a low altitude one to 12000 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.

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